Postdoctoral Researcher Takuya Kawamura

Postdoctoral Researcher

Short Bio

Takuya joined Dr. Kirino's Lab in 2016 as a postdoctoral researcher. His research is focused on tRNA functions in cancer cell. He received his Ph.D. from the Ehime University, where he studied tRNA biogenesis in archaea and revealed biosynthesis mechanism of archaeal tRNA modification.



  • Honda, S, Loher, P, Morichika, K, Shigematsu, M, Kawamura, T, Kirino, Y, Rigoutsos, I, Kirino, Y. Increasing cell density globally enhances the biogenesis of Piwi-interacting RNAs in Bombyx mori germ cells. Sci Rep. 2017;7 (1):4110. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-04429-7. PubMed PMID:28646211 PubMed Central PMC5482885.
  • Honda, S, Kawamura, T, Loher, P, Morichika, K, Rigoutsos, I, Kirino, Y. The biogenesis pathway of tRNA-derived piRNAs in Bombyx germ cells. Nucleic Acids Res. 2017;45 (15):9108-9120. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx537. PubMed PMID:28645172 PubMed Central PMC5587776.


  • Kawamura, T, Hirata, A, Ohno, S, Nomura, Y, Nagano, T, Nameki, N, Yokogawa, T, Hori, H. Multisite-specific archaeosine tRNA-guanine transglycosylase (ArcTGT) from Thermoplasma acidophilum, a thermo-acidophilic archaeon. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016;44 (4):1894-908. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkv1522. PubMed PMID:26721388 PubMed Central PMC4770233.


  • Kawamura, T, Anraku, R, Hasegawa, T, Tomikawa, C, Hori, H. Transfer RNA methyltransferases from Thermoplasma acidophilum, a thermoacidophilic archaeon. Int J Mol Sci. 2014;16 (1):91-113. doi: 10.3390/ijms16010091. PubMed PMID:25546389 PubMed Central PMC4307237.


  • Tomikawa, C, Ohira, T, Inoue, Y, Kawamura, T, Yamagishi, A, Suzuki, T, Hori, H. Distinct tRNA modifications in the thermo-acidophilic archaeon, Thermoplasma acidophilum. FEBS Lett. 2013;587 (21):3575-80. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2013.09.021. PubMed PMID:24076028 .


  • Hirata, A, Fujishima, K, Yamagami, R, Kawamura, T, Banfield, JF, Kanai, A, Hori, H. X-ray structure of the fourth type of archaeal tRNA splicing endonuclease: insights into the evolution of a novel three-unit composition and a unique loop involved in broad substrate specificity. Nucleic Acids Res. 2012;40 (20):10554-66. doi: 10.1093/nar/gks826. PubMed PMID:22941657 PubMed Central PMC3488258.

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