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Katsuro Yaoi is a senior research scientist at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan. He received his academic training in Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He finished his graduate work with M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees. He did his postdoctoral work at the same laboratory (1999-2001). In 2001, he moved to AIST. His major interest is understanding the mode of action of GH74 xyloglucan hydrolases [1, 2, 3] (for which GH74 has been created).
He loves baseball, and his son and daughter belong to a little league baseball team. Their dreams are playing in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, USA.
- Yaoi K, Kondo H, Noro N, Suzuki M, Tsuda S, and Mitsuishi Y. Tandem repeat of a seven-bladed beta-propeller domain in oligoxyloglucan reducing-end-specific cellobiohydrolase. Structure. 2004 Jul;12(7):1209-17. DOI:10.1016/j.str.2004.04.020 |
- Yaoi K, Kondo H, Hiyoshi A, Noro N, Sugimoto H, Tsuda S, Mitsuishi Y, and Miyazaki K. The structural basis for the exo-mode of action in GH74 oligoxyloglucan reducing end-specific cellobiohydrolase. J Mol Biol. 2007 Jun 29;370(1):53-62. DOI:10.1016/j.jmb.2007.04.035 |
- Yaoi K, Kondo H, Hiyoshi A, Noro N, Sugimoto H, Tsuda S, and Miyazaki K. The crystal structure of a xyloglucan-specific endo-beta-1,4-glucanase from Geotrichum sp. M128 xyloglucanase reveals a key amino acid residue for substrate specificity. FEBS J. 2009 Sep;276(18):5094-100. DOI:10.1111/j.1742-4658.2009.07205.x |