Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015

Presentation information

International Session (Oral)

Symbol B (Biogeosciences) » B-PT Paleontology

[B-PT03] Biocalcification and the Geochemistry of Proxies -Field ecology, Laboratory culture and Paleo

Tue. May 26, 2015 9:15 AM - 10:45 AM 104 (1F)

Convener:*Takashi Toyofuku(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)), Hiroshi Kitazato(Institute of Biogeosciences (BioGeos),Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)), Jelle Bijma(Alfred-Wegener-Institut fur Polar- und Meeresforschung), Chair:Hiroshi Kitazato(Institute of Biogeosciences (BioGeos),Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC))

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

[BPT03-05] Functional analysis of shell proteins using transgenic pearl oysters

*Ran ZHAO1, Kazuyoshi ENDO1 (1.Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Tokyo)

For the study of biomineralization, the mollusc Pinctada fucata is arguably an attractive genetic model system, with its draft genome sequence having been deciphered recently. It produces two crystallographically different shell layers, including the industrially important nacreous layer. We are interested in developing knock-out pearl oysters to analyze the functions of shell matrix proteins, the key players in biomineralization processes, including the unusually acidic protein Aspein. In this study, the widely used Minos transposon system is applied to generate insertional mutagenesis. The first step in developing transposons as tools for mutagenesis is to demonstrate their mobile elements function efficiently and stably in the target organism. Therefore, green fluorescent protein (GFP) is integrated into the transposon to reflect its efficiency.