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    Research Activities

    With the aim of advancing personalized medicine and personalized prevention, we conduct genome analyses of biological specimens provided by cohort studies using next-generation sequencer. We also conduct omics analyses of protein and low-molecular metabolites using NMR, mass spectrometer, among other instruments. This data is processed using a super computer and other technologies.
    In parallel with these analyses, we are developing technologies for analyzing biological specimens, as well as software and information analysis methodologies for processing large quantities of data, including genome data.
    One of our goals is to create a benchmark genome reference panel of Japanese people through whole-genome analyses of more than 8,000 people.
    We have furthermore developed a tool for analyzing the genomes of Japanese people, which have allowed the analysis of quasi-whole-genome sequences of Japanese people (Japonica Array).

    Key Word: Massive parallel sequencing, Population genetics, Proteomics, Metabolomics, Bioinformatics, High performance computing


      • The structural origin of metabolic quantitative diversity
      • 3.5KJPNv2: an allele frequency panel of 3552 Japanese individuals including the X chromosome
      • Estimating carrier frequencies of newborn screening disorders using a whole-genome reference panel of 3552 Japanese individuals
      • Omics research project on prospective cohort studies from the Tohoku Medical Megabank Project.

    Data Sharing

    Japanese Multi Omics Reference Panel (jMorp)

    “jMorp” is a database consisted of genome, metabolome and proteome data in plasma. Multiple omics analysis data obtained by ToMMo is integrated to “jMorp”, and opened to the researchers online.


    Genome Variation

    We performed around 8,300 whole genome sequencing and construct genome reference panel for the Japanese population (8.3KJPN). Information on frequencies and locations of all found single-nucleotide variants (SNV) on the panel is available through the “jMorp”.
    You can search your interested SNVs on our platform by the reference SNP ID number (rsID), Gene Symbol and locate information on the international human genome reference sequence. All found SNVs frequencies in our reference panel are displayed and you can compare with gnomAD. All the frequencies and locate information are downloadable by a single file for each chromosome. In addition to enhancements of jMorp, it includes such as X chromosome data, mitochondria data, and implementation of the variant-structure mapping visualization tool.

    You can access the former versions of our genome reference panel, such as 1KJPN, 2KJPN, 3.5KJPN on Integrative Japanese Genome Variation Database (iJGVD), and after 3.5KJPNv2 on Japanese Multi Omics Reference Panel (jMorp). 


    Achievement of Research product by Whole Genome Reference Panel: Japonica Array
    The “Japonica Array”, DNA microarray designed for genome analysis of Japanese population, is developed in 2014 by ToMMo, and it has been used for our genome analyses of tens of thousands of cohort participants. The array contains common SNPs in the Japanese population as well as disease-related SNPs. A whole genome sequence can be imputed very precisely with our genome reference panel.

    Genome Sequence

    ToMMo has released the Japanese reference genome, JG1, constructed by integrating three de novo assembled genomes of Japanese male individuals in 2019. In 2020, we released updated version JG2, constructed by integrating six de novo assembled genomes from three Japanese male individuals. The Japanese reference genome is available online.
    You can access the former versions of the Japanese reference genome v1 (JRGv1) released on 2016, or v2 (JRGv2) released on 2017 with a long-read-type next-generation sequencer, PacBio RSII (Pacific Biosciences).

    Metabolome and Proteome

    On “jMorp”, the results of global metabolome analysis for metabolites in serum and proteome analysis are available online. You can find the distribution and frequencies information for major metabolites for several thousand populations and proteins for several hundred populations.
    Metabolome data were measured by proton NMR and LC-MS, and proteome data were obtained by nanoLC-MS. Metabolome and proteome data obtained from more than 25,000 adults. We measured several thousand metabolites including the uncharacterized ones and several hundred proteins by now. The data will be released after carefully checking each metabolite and protein in order. 

    Press Releases

    -Constructing the First Version of the Japanese Reference Genome(Jan. 29, 2021)
    -2020 major update of Japanese Multi Omics Reference Panel "jMorp": JG2 Japanese Reference Genome, 8.3KJPN allele frequency panel, and 25K Metabolome(Oct. 5, 2020)
    -2019 major update of Japanese Multi Omics Reference Panel "jMorp":15,000 people metabolome data and 4.7K Japanese individual genome variation(Sep. 13, 2019)
    -The Japanese reference genome, JG1, constructed by integrating three de novo assembled genomes of Japanese male individuals (Feb. 25, 2019)
    -Genetic Diversity of Enzymes Alters Metabolic Individuality (Sep. 2, 2016)
    -Rare variant discovery by deep whole-genome sequencing of 1,070 Japanese individuals (Aug. 21, 2015)
    -Japonica Array: Improved genotype imputation by designing a population-specific SNP array with 1,070 Japanese individuals (June 24, 2015)
    -Partial release of data from Tohoku Medical Megabank Project's Whole Genome Reference Panel (Sep. 5, 2014)
    -Tohoku Medical Megabank Organization high-accuracy whole genome sequencing of 1,000 healthy Japanese people: A base to search for the causes of diseases-Collection of over 15 million new gene polymorphisms- (Nov. 29, 2013)


    -Genome information for 14,000 people is now available -jMorp 2021 major update- (Dec. 27, 2021)
    -Allele frequency data of the 8.3KJPN has been released from dbSNP (June 29, 2021)
    -New article about design and development of a novel version of the SNP Array for the Japanese population, Japonica Array NEO was published (June 25, 2021)
    -The article about transcriptome analysis using a long-read sequencing technology (Nov. 12, 2020)
    -Development of Japonica Array NEO ~ Enabling application of genome analysis to a wider range of people ~ (Feb. 25, 2020)
    -Methylome and transcriptome data, and disease-related markers list of Japonica Array NEO are now integrated into jMorp (Jan. 16, 2020)
    -The linkage disequilibrium map (ToMMo_LD_map_192v1) has been released (Dec. 6, 2019)
    -Change of the data access control of 3.5KJPNv2, allele frequency data in Japanese genome reference panel, to open category (Jan. 25, 2019)
    -Expanded version of Japanese genome reference panel including INDEL allele is available online (Jan. 15, 2019)
    -New version of Japanese Multi Omics Reference Panel "jMorp": 10,719 people Metabolome data are now available online (Sep. 6, 2018)
    -Expanded version of Japanese genome reference panel including mitochondria and X chromosome is available online (June 25, 2018)
    -New expanded version of Japanese Multi Omics Reference Panel "jMorp": 5,093 people Metabolome data are now available online (Oct. 3, 2017)
    -The locations and allele frequencies of SNVs of 3,554 Japanese individuals by whole genome sequences is available (Sep. 28, 2017)
    -Announcing release of JRG v2 and decoyJRGv2 (June 6,2017)
    -We enlarged Japanese Multi Omics Reference Panel "jMorp", 1,008 people Metabolome data are now online (Sep. 12, 2016)
    -Announcing release of JRG v1 (Aug. 25, 2016)
    -Release of locations and allele frequencies of all SNVs in whole genome sequences of 2,049 Japanese individuals (June 6, 2016)
    -Access for the locations and allele frequencies of all SNVs in the Whole Genome Reference Panel (Dec. 10, 2015)



    -3/11, Disaster Medicine, & ToMMo: Perspectives from the Executive Director (Interview with Dr. Yamamoto, November 10, 2015)


    We use the next-generation genome sequencer to analyze the whole genome sequences of the part of cohort participants.

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