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Translation Factors Structural Biology Unit

Reveals the mechanisms of translation


* Due to the reorganization starting as new centers in April 2018, this laboratory is now belong to the Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research. As for the latest information, please see the following URL below.
> The webpage of Laboratory for Translation Structural Biology, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

Unit Leader
Takuhiro Ito  Ph.D.

Room N217, 1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa 230-0045, Japan
Tel: +81-45-503-9204


Research Area

We plan to conduct studies on three dimensional structures of the translation factors and/or the ribosome, mainly by X-ray crystallography, focusing on the structural analysis of the large complexes that function in the eukaryotic translational system, in order to reveal the complicated mechanisms of eukaryotic translation.

Main Publications List


Crystal structure of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2B

Kashiwagi K, Takahashi M, Nishimoto M, Hiyama TB, Higo T, Umehara T, Sakamoto K, Ito T, Yokoyama S
Nature, 351(7592), 122-125 (2016).

Expression, purification, and crystallization of Schizosaccharomyces pombe eIF2B

Kashiwagi K, Shigeta T, Imataka H, Ito T, Yokoyama S
J Struct Funct Genomics, 17(1), 33-38 (2016).

Structural basis for methyl-donor-dependent and sequence-specific binding to tRNA substrates by knotted methyltransferase TrmD.

Ito T, Masuda I, Yoshida K, Goto-Ito S, Sekine S, Suh SW, Hou YM, Yokoyama S.
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA., 112(31), E4197-205 (2015).

RBFOX and SUP-12 sandwich a G base to cooperatively regulate tissue-specific splicing

Kuwasako K, Takahashi M, Unzai S, Tsuda K, Yoshikawa S, He F, Kobayashi N, Gntert P, Shirouzu M, Ito T, Tanaka A, Yokoyama S, Hagiwara M, Kuroyanagi H, Muto Y.
Nat Struct Mol Biol, 21(9), 778-786 (2014).

Crystal structure of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2A from Schizosaccharomyces pombe

Kashiwagi K, Ito T, Yokoyama S.
J Struct Funct Genomics, 15(3), 125-130 (2013).

Differentiating analogous tRNA methyltransferases by fragments of the methyl donor.

Lahoud G, Goto-Ito S, Yoshida K, Ito T, Yokoyama S, Hou YM.
RNA, 17(7), 1236-1246 (2011).

Structure of nondiscriminating glutamyl-tRNA synthetase from Thermotoga maritima.

Ito T, Kiyasu N, Matsunaga R, Takahashi S, Yokoyama S.
Acta Crystallogr Sect D-Biol Crystallogr, 66(Pt7), 813-820 (2010).

Tertiary structure checkpoint at anticodon loop modification in tRNA functional maturation.

Goto-Ito S, Ito T, Kuratani M, Bessho Y, Yokoyama S.
Nat Struct Mol Biol, 16(10), 1109-1115 (2009).

Crystal structure of the alpha subunit of human translation initiation factor 2B.

Hiyama TB, Ito T, Imataka H, Yokoyama S.
J Mol Biol, 392(4), 937-951 (2009).

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  • >>>Curriculum vitae

CLST was reorganized into three centers according to the RIKEN 4th Medium-Term Plan from April 1, 2018. For the latest information of Translation Factors Structural Biology Unit, please visit the following websites.

> The webpage of Laboratory for Translation Structural Biology, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research [http://www.bdr.riken.jp/en/research/labs/ito-t/index.html]