Prof. Kato Atsushi


Tel: 011-706-4468
Fax: 011-706-4851
E-mail: atsushi*


Assistant Prof. Hidetaka Ito



Tel: 011-706-4469
Fax: 011-706-4851
E-mail: hito*

Original papers

  1. Yu D, Lu J, Shao W, Ma X, Xie T, Ito H, Wang T, Xu M, Wang H, Meng Y. MepmiRDB: a medicinal plant microRN database. Database. (2019)
  2. Yu D, Zuo Z, Shao W, Ma X, Ito H, Wang H, Meng Y. Deciphering the non-coding RNA-level response to arsenic stress in rice (Oryza sativa). Plant Signal Behav. (2019)
  3. Yu D, Wan Y, Ito H, Ma X, Xie T, Wang T, Shao C and Meng Y. PmiRDiscVali: an integrated pipeline for plant microRNA discovery and validation. BMC Genomics. 20:133 (2019)
  4. Yu D, Xu M,  Ito H, Shao W, Ma X, Wang H, Meng Y. Tracking microRNA processing signals by degradome sequencing data analysis. Frontiers in Genetics. 14;9:546 (2018)
  5. Masuta Y, Kawabe A, Nozawa K, Naito K, Kato A, Ito H. Characterization of a heat-activated retrotransposon in Vigna angularis. Breeding Science. 68: 168-176 (2018)
  6. Nozawa K, Kawagishi Y, Kawabe A, Sato M, Masuta Y, Kato A, Ito H. Epigenetic regulation of a heat-activated retrotransposon in Cruciferous Vegetables . Epigenomes. 1:7 (2017)
  7. Inducible Transposition of a Heat-Activated Retrotransposon in Tissue Culture. Masuta Y, Nozawa K, Takagi H, Yaegashi H, Tanaka K, Ito T, Saito H, Kobayashi H, Matsunaga W, Masuda S, Kato A, Ito HPlant & Cell Physiology.  58:375-384 (2017).
  8. Masuda S, Nozawa K, Matsunaga W, Masuta Y, Kawabe A, Kato A, Ito H. Characterization of a heat-activated retrotransposon in natural accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana. Genes Genet. Syst. 91:293-299 (2016).
  9. A stress-Activated Transposon in Arabidopsis Induces transgenerational Abscisic Acid Insensitivity. Ito H, Kim JM, Matsunaga W, Saze H, Matsui A, Endo TA, Harukawa Y, Takagi H, Yaegashi H, Masuta Y, Masuda S, Ishida J, Tanaka M, Takahashi S, Morosawa T, Toyoda T, Kakutani T, Kato A, Seki M. Scientific Reports. doi:10.1038/srep23181 (2016).
  10. Role of the ACL2 locus in flower stalk elongation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Kato H, Komeda Y, Saito T, Ito H, Kato A.  Genes Genet. Syst.  June;90(3)163-174 (2015).
  11. AtRBP1, which encodes an RNA-binding protein containing RNA-recognition motifs, regulates root growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. Shida T, Fukuda A, Saito T, Ito H, Kato A.  Plant Physiol Bioch. 92: 62-70 (2015).
  12. A small RNA mediated regulation of a stress-activated retrotransposon and the tissue specific transposition during the reproductive period in Arabidopsis. Matsunaga W, Ohama N, Tanabe N, Masuta Y, Masuda S, Mitani-Umeno N, Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K, Ma JF, Kato A, Ito H. Front. Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00048 (2015).
  13. Genomic localization of AtRE1 and AtRE2, copia-type retrotransposons, in natural variants of Arabidopsis thaliana. Yamada M, Yamagishi Y, Akaoka M, Ito H, Kato A. Mol Genet Genomics. 289: 821-835 (2014).
  14. Overexpression of the TIR-X gene results in a dwarf phenotype and activation of defense-related gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. Kato H, Saito T, Ito H, Komeda Y, Kato A. Journal of Plant Physiology. 171: 382-388 (2014).
  15. Evolution of the ONSEN retrotransposon family activated upon heat stress in Brassicaceae.
    Ito H, Yoshida T, Tsukahara S, Kawabe A. Gene 518:256-261 (2013).
  16. The effects of heat induction and the siRNA biogenesis pathway on the transgenerational transposition of ONSEN, a copia-like retrotransposon in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Matsunaga W, Kobayashi A, Kato A, Ito H. Plant & Cell Physiology. 53(5):824-833 (2012).
  17. An siRNA pathway prevents transgenerational retrotransposition in plants subjected to stress.
    Ito H, Gaubert H, Bucher E, Mirouze M, Vaillant I, Paszkowski J. Nature. 472:115-119 (2011).
  18. Ecotype-specific and chromosome-specific expansion of variant centromeric satellites in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Ito H, Miura A, Takashima K, Kakutani T. Mol Genet Genomics. 277(1):23-30 (2007).
  19. Genomic and genetic characterization of rice Cen3 reveals extensive transcription and evolutionary implications of a complex centromere.
    Yan H*, Ito H*, Nobuta K, Ouyang S, Jin W, Tian S, Lu C, Venu RC, Wang GL, Green PJ, Wing RA, Buell CR, Meyers BC, Jiang J.*Equally contributed. Plant Cell. 18(9):2123-2133 (2006).
  20. A direct repeat sequence associated with the centromeric retrotransposons in wheat.
    Ito H, Nasuda S, Endo TR. Genome. 47(4):747-756 (2004).
  21. The genome sequence and structure of rice chromosome 1.
    Sasaki T, et al. Nature. 420(6913):312-316 (2002).


  1. Plant Models of Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance.
    Ito H. Transgenerational Epigenetics. 2014 Jun.
  2. Control of transposable elements in Arabidopsis thaliana.
    Ito H, and Kakutani T. Chromosome research. 2014 Jun;22(2):217-223
  3. 環境ストレスとゲノム進化(Japanese)
    伊藤 秀臣. 化学と生物 2013 Sep;51(9):603-608
  4. 小分子RNAと世代間シグナル(Japanese)
    伊藤 秀臣. 実験医学増刊. 2013 May;31(7):225-230
  5. Small RNAs and regilation of transposon in plants.
    Ito H. Genes Genet. Syst. 2013 Feb;88(1)3-7
  6. Small RNAs and transposon silencing in plants.
    Ito H. Development, Growth & Differentiation. 2012 Jan;54(1):100-107


  1. エピジェネティクスの生態学:環境に応答して遺伝子を調節するしくみ
    伊藤 秀臣. 文一総合出版 (2017).
  2. Plant Models of Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance.
    Ito H. Transgenerational Epigenetics. 2014 Jun.


Students & Staffs

Patwira Boonjing D3

E-mail: patwirabj*

Kosuke Nozawa D3

E-mail: kosuke.hokudai*

Du Guo M2

E-mail: duguosyphu*

Kanako  Takahira M2

E-mail: cloverrunner8011*

Yuto  Takai M2

E-mail: yuto613-kirby*

Masahiro  Fukuda M1

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Masataka  Yamada M1

E-mail: mt*

Reiko Kanehira B4

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Hiroki Yokoyama B4

E-mail: hiroyoko3795*

Chen Lu Research student

E-mail: 407604244*

Yukari Masuta technician







Photo Gallery

Lab tour in Rankoshi


  • Lab tour in Rankoshi.
  • Laboratory joint BBQ party was held on 6/29.
  • Graduation ceremony