Reito Watanabe, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate NRSA
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Biochemistry & Cell Biology

From 2016 under supervision of Dr. Tatsuo Fukagawa in Osaka University, Japan, I started to work on the regulation of the Kinetochore-centromere interaction in Chicken DT40 cells and Human RPE1 cells and in vitro binding assay. Recently I revealed that one of the kinetochore component CENP-C changes the interaction with the CENP-A nucleosome during cell cycle progression. This change is regulated by CDK1 phosphorylation in cells and in vitro. I reported its regulation and biological significance in DT40 cells and RPE1 cells (Watanabe et al., J. Cell Biol. 2019, Watanabe et al., Bio-protocol 2021).

I’m working on molecular dynamics of the kinetochore proteins during the cell cycle progression with FRAP assay in multicolor live-cell imaging.

In parallel, I’m analyzing M18BP1/KNL2 that is an essential protein for maintaining CENP-A to the centromere region. KNL2 directly binds to CENP-A nucleosome through CENP-C like motif as same as CENP-C.

In Dr. Tatsuo Fukagawa Laboratory, I acquired the techniques of cell biology and biochemistry. For example, CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, Immunostaining, Immunoblots, live-cell imaging for FRAP, in vitro protein purification, nucleosome reconstruction, and in vitro binding assay.

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  1. Ariyoshi M, Makino F, Watanabe R, Nakagawa R, Kato T, Namba K, Arimura Y, Fujita R, Kurumizaka H, Okumura EI, Hara M, Fukagawa T. Cryo-EM structure of the CENP-A nucleosome in complex with phosphorylated CENP-C. EMBO J. 2021 03 01; 40(5):e105671. PMID: 33463726; PMCID: PMC7917552; DOI: 10.15252/embj.2020105671;
  2. Watanabe R, Hara M, Ariyoshi M, Fukagawa T. CENP-C Phosphorylation by CDK1 in vitro. Bio Protoc. 2021 Jan 05; 11(1):e3879. PMID: 33732767; PMCID: PMC7952944; DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.3879;
  3. Watanabe R, Hara M, Okumura EI, Hervé S, Fachinetti D, Ariyoshi M, Fukagawa T. CDK1-mediated CENP-C phosphorylation modulates CENP-A binding and mitotic kinetochore localization. J Cell Biol. 2019 12 02; 218(12):4042-4062. PMID: 31676716; PMCID: PMC6891089; DOI: 10.1083/jcb.201907006;
  4. Yamano K, Watanabe R, Kai K, Yamaguchi M, Nakashima T, Araki K, Yakushiji Y, Ishibashi Y. Treatment of bio-diesel fuel wastewater using aerobic thermophilic bacteria Bacillus licheniformis strain MU11. Journal of Environment and Safety. 2019. View Publication

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2020 The Uehara Memorial Foundation Research Fellowship
2019 The genetics society of Japan 91th conference, Fukui, Japan: Best Papers Award
2015 The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry Branch of Chubu region, Gifu, Japan: Poster Prize
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