Asaki KOBAYASHI

Qualité: PhD student

UHM splicing factors functions and perturbations by small molecules

Gene expression requires many layers of regulation. Among which splicing is an essential step consisting in removal of non-coding sequences from pre-mRNAs. Dynamic mediation of protein-protein and protein-RNA interaction are accomplished by ribonucleoproteins in a stepwise manner. One of the splicing factors, U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) auxiliary factor (U2AF65) is involved in early spliceosome assembly. The U2AF homology motif (UHM) domain is dedicated for protein-protein interaction to recognize U2AF ligand motifs (ULM) in splicing factors, including SF3b155. We are trying to understand the function of UHM-ULM interaction, and discover small molecules as interactors of UHM domains for further therapeutic purposes.

CV

Masters: Biochemistry and Microbiology Pierre and Marie Curie University

Bachelor: Environment and information studies Keio University

Internships and Research projects

Earth Life Science Institute: Direct observation of co-evolution at the RNA-protein interface

Pasteur Institute: Protein production and purification of SIRV2-encoded GTases

Institute for Advanced Biosciences: Evolutionary analyses on rRNAs in Archaea     

Tamagawa University Brain Science Institute: Analyses on neural activities to light stimuli 

Research skills

Neuroscience: Measurement of neural-activities

Bioinformatics: Perl, R

Astrobiology: mRNA-display

Molecular biology: Basic course in Microbiology, Protein production and purification

Biochemistry: Basic course in Biochemistry, multidimensional NMR spectroscopy