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OBA Yuichi



Year of Birth 1970
Place of Birth Japan
Title Professor
Belong to Dept. of Environmental Biology
Bioscience and Biotechnology (graduate school)
Museum of Butterfly
Creative Liberal Arts Center
Degree Dr. Sci.
Academic Institutional Membership Scientific Advisory Board of ISBC (International Society of Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence)
Field of Study Bioluminescence
Research, Studies
Contact Mail address:yoba (at)

Books Published, Translation


Oba, Y., Stevani, C., Oliveira, A.G., Tsarkova, A.S., Chepurnykh, T.V., Yampolskky, I.V. (2017) Selected least studied but not forgotten bioluminescent systems. Photochem. Photobiol. 93, 405-415.

Paitio, J., Oba, Y., Meyer-Rochow, V.B. (2016) Bioluminescent Fishes and their Eyes. In: Thirumalai, J. (Ed.) An Outlook on the Phenomena and their Applications. InTech, Croatia.

Oba, Y. (2014) Insect Bioluminescence in the Post-Molecular Biology Era. pp. 88-114. In: Hoffmann, K. H. (Ed.) Insect Molecular Biology and Ecology. CRC Press, Florida.

Oba Y., Branham, M.A., Fukatsu, T. (2011) The terrestrial bioluminescent animals of Japan. Zool. Sci. 28, 771-789.

Oba, Y., Schultz, T. D. (2014) Eco-Evo Bioluminescence on Land and in the Sea. pp. 3-36.In: Thouand, G and Marks, R. (Eds.). Bioluminescence: Fundamentals and Applications in Biotechnology Vol. 1., Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology 144. Springer, Heidelberg.

Academic Papers, Critique

Oba, Y.*, Konishi, K., Yano, D., Shibata, H., Kato, D. Shirai, T.* (2020) Resurrecting the ancient glow of the fireflies. Science Advances 6, eabc5705.

Bessho-Uehara, M., Yamamoto, N., Shigenobu, S., Mori, H., Kuwata, K., Oba, Y. (2020) Kleptoprotein bioluminescence: Parapriacanthus fish obtain luciferase from ostracod prey. Science Advances 6, eaax4942.

Kotlobay, A.A., Sarkisyan, K.S., Mokrushina, Y.A., Marcet-Houben, M., Serebrovskaya, E.O., Markina, N.M., Somermyer, L.G., Gorokhovatsky, A.Y., Vvedensky, A., Purtov, K.V., Petushkov, V.N., Rodionova, N.S., Chepurnyh, T.V., Fakhranurova, L.I., Guglya, E.B., Ziganshin, R., Tsarkova, A.S., Kaskova, Z.M., Shender, V., Abakumov, M., Abakumova, T.O., Povolotskaya, I.S., Eroshkin, F.M., Zaraisky, A.G., Mishin, A.S. Dolgov, S.V., Mitiouchkina, T.Y., Kopantzev, E.P., Waldenmaier, H.E., Oliveira, A.G., Oba, Y., Barsova, E., Bogdanova, E.A., Gabaldon, T., Stevani, C.V., Lukyanov, S., Smirnov, I.V., Gitelson, J.I., Kondrashov, F.A., Yampolsky, I.V.* (2018) Genetically encodable bioluminescent system from fungi. PNAS 115, 12728-12732.

Fallon, T.R., Lower, S.E., Chang, C.-H., Bessho-Uehara, M., Martin, G.J., Bewick, A.J., Behringer, M., Debat, H.J., Wong, I., Day, J.C., Suvorov, A., Silva, C.J., Stanger-Hall, K.F., Hall, D.W., Schmitz, R.J., Nelson, D.R., Lewis, S., Shigenobu, S., Bybee, S.M., Larracuente, A.M., Oba, Y., Weng, J.-K.* (2018) Firefly genomes illuminate parallel origins of bioluminescence in beetles. eLife 7, e36495.

Schultz, D.T., Kotlobay, A.A., Ziganshin, R, Bannikov, A., Markina, N.M., Chepurnyh, T.V., Shakhova, E..S, Palkina, K., Haddock, S.H.D., Yampolsky, I.V.*, Oba, Y.* (2018) Luciferase of the Japanese syllid polychaete Odontosyllis undecimdonta. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 502, 318-323.

Kanie, S., Nakai, R., Ojika, M., Oba, Y.* (2018) 2-S-cysteinylhydroquinone is an intermediate for the firefly luciferin biosynthesis that occurs in the pupal stage of the Japanese firefly, Luciola lateralis. Bioorg. Chem. 80, 223-229.

Bessho-Uehara, M, Konishi, K., Oba, Y.* (2017) Comparative analysis of firefly luciferase genes: Evolution of the intron-exon structure. Lampyrid 4, 59-66.

Oba Y*, Suzuki Y, Martins GNR, Carvalho RP, Pereira TA, Waldenmaier HE, Kanie S, Naito M, Oliveira AG, Dörr FA, Pinto E, Yampolsky IV and Stevani CV* (2017) Identification of hispidin as a bioluminescent active compound and its recycling biosynthesis in the lumimous fungal fruiting body. Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 16, 1435-1440.

Bessho-Uehara, M., Konishi, K. and Oba, Y* (2017) Biochemical characteristics and gene expression profiles of two paralogous luciferases from the Japanese firefly Pyrocoelia atripennis (Coleoptera, Lampyridae, Lampyrinae): Insight into the evolution of firefly luciferase genes. Photochem. Phtobiol. Sci. 16, 1301-1310.

Bessho-Uehara, M., Oba, Y.* (2017) Identification and characterization of the Luc2-type luciferase in the Japanese firefly, Luciola parvula, involved in a dim luminescence in immobile stages. Luminescence 32, 924-931.

Branchini, B.R., Southworth, T.L., Salituro, L.J., Fontaine, D.M. and Oba, Y. (2016) Cloning of the blue ghost (Phausis reticulate) luciferase reveals a glowing source of green light. Photochem. Photobiol. 93, 473-478.

Kanie, S., Nishikawa, T., Ojika, M. and Oba, Y.* (2016) One-pot non-enzymatic formation of firefly luciferinin a neutral buffer from p-benzoquinone and cysteine. Scientific Reports 6: 24794; doi: 10.1038/srep24794.



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