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Articles by K Nakayama
Total Records ( 2 ) for K Nakayama
  T Ooka , Y Ogura , M Asadulghani , M Ohnishi , K Nakayama , J Terajima , H Watanabe and T. Hayashi

Mobile genetic elements play important roles in the evolution and diversification of bacterial genomes. In enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O157, a major factor that affects genomic diversity is prophages, which generate most of the large-size structural polymorphisms (LSSPs) observed in O157 genomes. Here, we describe the results of a systematic analysis of numerous small-size structural polymorphisms (SSSPs) that were detected by comparing the genomes of eight clinical isolates with a sequenced strain, O157 Sakai. Most of the SSSPs were generated by genetic events associated with only two insertion sequence (IS) elements, IS629 and ISEc8, and a number of genes that were inactivated or deleted by these events were identified. Simple excisions of IS629 and small deletions (footprints) formed by the excision of IS629, both of which are rarely described in bacteria, were also detected. In addition, the distribution of IS elements was highly biased toward prophages, prophage-like integrative elements, and plasmids. Based on these and our previous results, we conclude that, in addition to prophages, these two IS elements are major contributors to the genomic diversification of O157 strains and that LSSPs have been generated mainly by bacteriophages and SSSPs by IS elements. We also suggest that IS elements possibly play a role in the inactivation and immobilization of incoming phages and plasmids. Taken together, our results reveal the true impact of IS elements on the diversification of bacterial genomes and highlight their novel role in genome evolution.

  N. T. T Nhien , N. T Huy , M Naito , T Oida , D. T Uyen , M Huang , M Kikuchi , S Harada , K Nakayama , K Hirayama and K. Kamei

Free haem is known to be toxic to organs, tissues and cells. It enhances permeability by binding to a cell membrane, which leads to cell death, and damages lipids, proteins and DNA through the generation of reactive oxygen species. Lysine- and arginine-specific gingipains (Kgp and RgpA/B) are major proteinases that play an important role in the pathogenicity of a black-pigmented periodontopathogen named Porphyromonas gingivalis. One of the adhesin domains of gingipain, HbR could bind haem as an iron nutrient source for P. gingivalis. Using erythrocyte and its membrane as a model, results from the present study demonstrate that recombinant HbR expressed in Escherichia coli could inhibit haem-induced haemolysis, probably through removing haem from the haem–membrane complex and lowering free haem toxicity by mediating dimerization of haem molecules. The ability to protect a cell membrane from haem toxicity is a new function for HbR.

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