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Kouichi  Funato

Kouichi Funato


Ph.D. in Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokushima, 1994

Current position

Associate Professor in Graduate School of Biosphere Sciences, Hiroshima University


  1. Kajiwara, K., Muneoka, T., Watanabe, Y., Karashima, T., Kitagaki, H. and Funato, K. (2012). Perturbation of sphingolipid metabolism induces endoplasmic reticulum stress-mediated mitochondrial apoptosis in budding yeast. Mol Microbiol 86(5): 1246-1261.
  2. Kajiwara, K., Watanabe, R., Pichler, H., Ihara, K., Murakami, S., Riezman, H. and Funato, K. (2008). Yeast ARV1 is required for efficient delivery of an early GPI intermediate to the first mannosyltransferase during GPI assembly and controls lipid flow from the endoplasmic reticulum. Mol Biol Cell 19(5): 2069-2082.
  3. Funato, K. Riezman, H. (2006). Part 2-8, Sphingolipid Trafficking, HIRABAYASHI, Yoshio, IGARASHI, Yasuyuki, MERRILL, Alfred H. Jr, (Eds.), Sphingolipid Biology, pp.123-139, Springer.
  4. Funato, K., Lombardi, R., Vallee, B. and Riezman, H. (2003). Lcb4p is a key regulator of ceramide synthesis from exogenous long chain sphingoid base in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J Biol Chem 278(9): 7325-7334.
  5. Funato, K., Vallee, B. and Riezman, H. (2002). Biosynthesis and trafficking of sphingolipids in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Biochemistry 41(51): 15105-15114.
  6. Funato, K. and Riezman, H. (2001). Vesicular and nonvesicular transport of ceramide from ER to the Golgi apparatus in yeast. J Cell Biol 155(6): 949-959.
Protocols by Kouichi Funato
  1. Metabolic Labeling of Yeast Sphingolipids with Radioactive D-erythro-[4,5-3H]dihydrosphingosine