Meeting Young Researchers


Shinpei KATOU

Research Area:
Plant Pathology
Pest Resistance, Signal Transduction,
Signaling Molecules
E-mail: shinpei[at-mark]

Employment Experience:
Apr. 2000-Mar. 2003:
JSPS Research Fellowship DC1
Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University

Apr. 2003-Mar. 2006:
JSPS Research Fellowship PD
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences

Apr. 2006-Mar. 2007:
Post-doctoral Researcher
National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences

Apr. 2007-Oct. 2008:
JSPS Post-doctoral Fellowship for Research Abroad
Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding

Nov. 2008-:
Tenure-track Assistant Professor
International Young Researchers Empowerment Center, Shinshu University

Mar. 1998:
Bachelor at School of Agricultural Sciences, Nagoya University

Mar. 2000:
Master at Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University

Mar. 2003:
Ph.D. at Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University

The Phytopathological Society of Japan,
Journal of General Plant Pathology Paper Award (2005)

Selected Publications:
  • Katou, S., Senda, K., Yoshioka, H., Doke, N. and Kawakita, K. (1999) A 51 kDa protein kinase of potato activated with hyphal wall components from Phytophthora infestans. Plant Cell Physiol. 40: 825-831.
  • Katou, S., Yamamoto, A., Yoshioka, H., Kawakita, K. and Doke, N. (2003) Functional analysis of potato mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase, StMEK1. J. Gen. Plant Pathol. 69: 161-168.
  • Yoshioka, H., Numata, N., Nakajima, K., Katou, S., Kawakita, K., Rowland, O., Jones, J.D.G. and Doke, N. (2003) Nicotiana benthamiana gp91 phox homologs NbrbohA and NbrbohB participate in H2O2 accumulation and resistance to Phytophthora infestans. Plant Cell 15: 706-718.
  • Yamakawa, H., Katou, S., Seo, S., Mitsuhara, I., Kamada, H. and Ohashi, Y. (2004) Plant MAPK phosphatase interacts with calmodulins. J. Biol. Chem. 279: 928-936.
  • Katou, S., Karita, E., Yamakawa, H., Seo, S., Mitsuhara, I., Kuchitsu, K. and Ohashi, Y. (2005) Catalytic activation of the plant MAPK phosphatase NtMKP1 by its physiological substrate salicylic acid-induced protein kinase but not by calmodulins. J. Biol. Chem. 280: 39569-39581.
  • Katou, S., Yoshioka, H., Kawakita, K., Rowland, O., Jones, J.D.G., Mori, H. and Doke, N. (2005) Involvement of PPS3 phosphorylated by elicitor-responsive mitogen-activated protein kinases in the regulation of plant cell death. Plant Physiol. 139: 1924-1926.
  • Yamamizo, C., Kuchimura, K., Kobayashi, A., Katou, S., Kawakita, K., Jones, J.D.G., Doke, N. and Yoshioka, H. (2006) Rewiring mitogen-activated protein kinase cascade by positive feedback confers potato blight resistance. Plant Physiol. 140: 681-692.
  • Yamamoto-Katou, A., Katou, S., Yoshioka, H., Doke, N. and Kawakita, K. (2006) Nitrate reductase is responsible for elicitin-induced nitric oxide production in Nicotiana benthamiana. Plant Cell Physiol. 47: 726-735.
  • Seo, S.*, Katou, S.* (*co-first author), Seto, H., Gomi, K. and Ohashi, Y. (2007) The mitogen-activated protein kinases WIPK and SIPK regulate the levels of jasmonic and salicylic acids in wounded tobacco plants. Plant J. 49: 899909.
  • Katou, S., Kuroda, K., Seo, S., Yanagawa, Y., Tsuge, T., Yamazaki, M., Miyao, A., Hirochika, H. and Ohashi, Y. (2007) A calmodulin-binding mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase is induced by wounding and regulates the activities of stress-related mitogen-activated protein kinases in rice. Plant Cell Physiol. 48: 332-344.
  • Kobayashi, M., Seo, S. Hirai, K., Yamamoto-Katou, A., Katou, S., Seto, H., Meshi, T., Mitsuhara, I. and Ohashi, Y. (2010) Silencing of WIPK and SIPK mitogen-activated protein kinases reduces Tobacco mosaic virus accumulation but permits systemic viral movement in tobacco possessing the N resistance gene. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 23: 1032-1041.
  • Kobayashi, M.*, Yamamoto-Katou, A.*, Katou, S.* (*co-first author), Hirai, K., Meshi, T., Ohashi, Y. and Mitsuhara, I. (2011) Identification of an amino acid residue required for differential recognition of a viral movement protein by the Tomato mosaic virus resistance gene Tm-22. J. Plant Physiol. 168: 1142-1145.
  • Ishihama, N., Yamada, R., Yoshioka, M., Katou, S. and Yoshioka, H. (2011) Phosphorylation of the Nicotiana benthamiana WRKY8 transcription factor by MAPK functions in the defense response. Plant Cell 23: 1171-1185.

Research Statement

  Pest is one of major causes that decrease crop production, and ways such as an agrochemical and introduction of resistance gene have been used to protect crops from pathogens. There, however, are many demerits in the past ways such as an occurrence of agrochemical-resistant strain of pathogens, concerns about safety and influence to an environment of agrochemicals, long time for generation of new cultivar and an occurrence of resistance-breaking strain of pathogens. Thus, it has been desired to develop novel means for pest-management.
   Plants can not move, thus are always surrounded by many microbes. However, very limited microbes infect plants and cause disease, because plants have evolved sophisticated resistance mechanisms. I hope a clarification of plant resistance mechanism leads to the production of novel type of pathogen-resistant plants. In this study, I will focus on the biosynthesis mechanisms of salicylic acid and jasmonic acid, two major signaling molecules that induce plant defense reactions.

My goal

  Tenure track system enabled young scientists to get their own labs. To make my lab comfortable and active, I think it important to do my best in all of study, teaching and management. Although tenure track position is limited for 5 years, I would like to study what I want to do. And also, I would like to teach my knowledge and experiences to students, and I hope this helps them find a fun in science.