Laboratory of Chromatin Structure and Function

Associate Professor Yoshimasa Takizawa
TEL: +81-3-6409-2156
E-mail: ytakizawa[at]
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【Key Words】Chromatin, Cryo-electron microscopy, Epigenetics, Macromolecular complex, Structural biology, Biochemistry

Understanding the chromatin structure using a cryo-electron microscopy

In a living cell, multiple proteins, DNAs and RNAs work as macromolecular complexes. Among them, chromatin is involved in packaging a huge amount of genomic DNA into the nucleus. Chromatin plays an important role in epigenetic gene regulation, independently of genomic DNA sequence. Additionally, it is known that crucial nuclear events, such as transcription, replication, and repair occur in the chromatin. Our lab focuses on understanding the chromatin structure and function in particular using cryo-electron microscopy, which is a powerful tool for recent structural biology. Our strategy for chromatin study is based on structural and biochemical analyses using an in vitro reconstituted chromatin and chromatin isolated from the nucleus. Notably, in order to unveil chromatin structure at high-resolution, we have combined single particle cryo-electron microscopy with cryo-electron tomography.


The University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

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