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Masamitsu Wada


Sc.D. in Biology, Department of Botany, The University of Tokyo, 1972

Current position

Professor of Biology Department, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Publications (since 2008)

Original papers

  1. Cazzaniga, S., Dall' Osto, L., Kong, S. G., Wada, M. and Bassi, R. (2013). Interaction between avoidance of photon absorption, excess energy dissipation and zeaxanthin synthesis against photooxidative stress in Arabidopsis. Plant J 76(4): 568-579.
  2. Tsuboi, H. and Wada, M. (2013). Chloroplasts continuously monitor photoreceptor signals during accumulation movement. J Plant Res 126(4): 557-566.
  3. Kong, S. G., Arai, Y., Suetsugu, N., Yanagida, T. and Wada, M. (2013). Rapid severing and motility of chloroplast-actin filaments are required for the chloroplast avoidance response in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25(2): 572-590.
  4. Kong, S. G., Suetsugu, N., Kikuchi, S., Nakai, M., Nagatani, A. and Wada, M. (2013). Both phototropin 1 and 2 localize on the chloroplast outer membrane with distinct localization activity. Plant Cell Physiol 54(1): 80-92.
  5. Kozuka, T., Suetsugu, N., Wada, M. and Nagatani, A. (2013). Antagonistic regulation of leaf flattening by phytochrome B and phototropin in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Physiol 54(1): 69-79.
  6. Kong, S. G., Kagawa, T., Wada, M. and Nagatani, A. (2013). A C-terminal membrane association domain of phototropin 2 is necessary for chloroplast movement. Plant Cell Physiol 54(1): 57-68.
  7. Suetsugu, N., Kong, S. G., Kasahara, M. and Wada, M. (2013). Both LOV1 and LOV2 domains of phototropin2 function as the photosensory domain for hypocotyl phototropic responses in Arabidopsis thaliana (Brassicaceae). Am J Bot 100(1): 60-69.
  8. Usami, H., Maeda, T., Fujii, Y., Oikawa, K., Takahashi, F., Kagawa, T., Wada, M. and Kasahara, M. (2012). CHUP1 mediates actin-based light-induced chloroplast avoidance movement in the moss Physcomitrella patens. Planta 236(6): 1889-1897.
  9. Suetsugu, N., Sato, Y., Tsuboi, H., Kasahara, M., Imaizumi, T., Kagawa, T., Hiwatashi, Y., Hasebe, M. and Wada, M. (2012). The KAC family of kinesin-like proteins is essential for the association of chloroplasts with the plasma membrane in land plants. Plant Cell Physiol 53(11): 1854-1865.
  10. Tsuboi, H., Sutoh, K. and Wada, M. (2012). Epigenetic memory of DNAi associated with cytosine methylation and histone modification in fern. Plant Signal Behav 7(11): 1477-1483.
  11. Tsuboi, H., Nakamura, S., Schafer, E. and Wada, M. (2012). Red light-induced phytochrome relocation into the nucleus in Adiantum capillus-veneris. Mol Plant 5(3): 611-618.
  12. Tsuboi, H. and Wada, M. (2012). Distribution pattern changes of actin filaments during chloroplast movement in Adiantum capillus-veneris. J Plant Res 125(3): 417-428.
  13. Tsuboi, H. and Wada, M. (2012). Chloroplasts move towards the nearest anticlinal walls under dark condition. J Plant Res 125(2): 301-310.
  14. Yamada, N., Suetsugu, N., Wada, M. and Kadota, A. (2011). Phototropin-dependent biased relocalization of cp-actin filaments can be induced even when chloroplast movement is inhibited. Plant Signal Behav 6(11): 1651-1653.
  15. Ichikawa, S., Yamada, N., Suetsugu, N., Wada, M. and Kadota, A. (2011). Red light, Phot1 and JAC1 modulate Phot2-dependent reorganization of chloroplast actin filaments and chloroplast avoidance movement. Plant Cell Physiol 52(8): 1422-1432.
  16. Yamashita, H., Sato, Y., Kanegae, T., Kagawa, T., Wada, M. and Kadota, A. (2011). Chloroplast actin filaments organize meshwork on the photorelocated chloroplasts in the moss Physcomitrella patens. Planta 233(2): 357-368.
  17. Tsuboi, H. and Wada, M. (2011). Chloroplasts can move in any direction to avoid strong light. J Plant Res 124(1): 201-210.
  18. Kodama, Y., Suetsugu, N., Kong, S. G. and Wada, M. (2010). Two interacting coiled-coil proteins, WEB1 and PMI2, maintain the chloroplast photorelocation movement velocity in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(45): 19591-19596.
  19. Takano, A., Suetsugu, N., Wada, M. and Kohda, D. (2010). Crystallographic and functional analyses of J-domain of JAC1 essential for chloroplast photorelocation movement in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Physiol 51(8): 1372-1376.
  20. Suetsugu, N., Yamada, N., Kagawa, T., Yonekura, H., Uyeda, T. Q., Kadota, A. and Wada, M. (2010). Two kinesin-like proteins mediate actin-based chloroplast movement in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(19): 8860-8865.
  21. Tsuboi, H. and Wada, M. (2010). Speed of signal transfer in the chloroplast accumulation response. J Plant Res 123(3): 381-390.
  22. Kagawa, T., Kimura, M. and Wada, M. (2009). Blue light-induced phototropism of inflorescence stems and petioles is mediated by phototropin family members phot1 and phot2. Plant Cell Physiol 50(10): 1774-1785.
  23. Kadota, A., Yamada, N., Suetsugu, N., Hirose, M., Saito, C., Shoda, K., Ichikawa, S., Kagawa, T., Nakano, A. and Wada, M. (2009). Short actin-based mechanism for light-directed chloroplast movement in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(31): 13106-13111.
  24. Kodama, Y. and Wada, M. (2009). Simultaneous visualization of two protein complexes in a single plant cell using multicolor fluorescence complementation analysis. Plant Mol Biol 70(1-2): 211-217.
  25. Tsuboi, H., Yamashita, H. and Wada, M. (2009). Chloroplasts do not have a polarity for light-induced accumulation movement. J Plant Res 122(1): 131-140.
  26. Oikawa, K., Yamasato, A., Kong, S. G., Kasahara, M., Nakai, M., Takahashi, F., Ogura, Y., Kagawa, T. and Wada, M. (2008). Chloroplast outer envelope protein CHUP1 is essential for chloroplast anchorage to the plasma membrane and chloroplast movement. Plant Physiol 148(2): 829-842.
  27. Kodama, Y., Tsuboi, H., Kagawa, T. and Wada, M. (2008). Low temperature-induced chloroplast relocation mediated by a blue light receptor, phototropin 2, in fern gametophytes. J Plant Res 121(4): 441-448.


  1. Higa, T., Suetsugu, N. and Wada, M. (2013). Plant nuclear photorelocation movement. Journal of Experimental Botany: ert414.
  2. Wada M., Suetsugu N. (2013). Chloroplast motility. In: Assmann S., Liu B. (Ed.) The Plant Sciences - Cell Biology: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_368553 2013-10-01 07:42:21 UTC
  3. Wada, M. (2013) Chloroplast movement. Plant Science 210: 177-182.
  4. Wada, M. (2013). Resent advances in the understanding of fern responses to light. Fern Gazette 19(4): 97-115, 2013. Edited by Bridget Laue & Adrian Dyer.
  5. Suetsugu, N., and Wada, M. (2013). Green plants and photosynthetic stramenopiles evolved the specific LOV blue light receptor protein families: Phototropin, ZTL/FKF1/LKP2, and Aureochrome. Plant Cell Physiol. 54(1): 8–23.
  6. Suetsugu, N. and Wada, M. (2012). Chloroplast photorelocation movement: a sophisticated strategy for chloroplasts to perform efficient photosynthesis. Advances in Photosynthesis—Fundamental Aspects: 215-234.
  7. Kong, S.-G. and Wada, M. (2011). New insights into dynamic actin-based chloroplast photorelocation movement. Molecular plant 4(5): 771-781.
  8. Wada, M. and Kong, S.-G. (2011). Analysis of chloroplast movement and relocation in Arabidopsis. Chloroplast Research in Arabidopsis, Springer: 87-102.
  9. Suetsugu N., and M. Wada (2011). Innovation of novel actin-based mechanism for chloroplasts to move. In; Special Bulletin of ICPSPGE-2011, Plant Science in Post Genomic Era. Eds. B. Biswal and J. Panigrahi, pp. 7-12, Orissa, India, p. 122
  10. Kodama, Y., Suetsugu, N. and Wada, M. (2011). Novel protein-protein interaction family proteins involved in chloroplast movement response. Plant Signal Behav 6(4): 483-490.
  11. Suetsugu, N., Takano, A., Kohda, D. and Wada, M. (2010). tSructure and activity of JAC1 J-domain implicate the involvement of the cochaperone activity with HSC70 in chloroplast photorelocation movement. Plant Signal Behav 5(12): 1602-1606.
  12. Suetsugu, N., Dolja, V. V. and Wada, M. (2010). Why have chloroplasts developed a unique motility system? Plant signaling & behavior 5(10): 1190-1196.
  13. Tsuboi, H. and Wada, M. (2010). The speed of intracellular signal transfer for chloroplast movement. Plant Signal Behav 5(4): 433-435.
  14. Suetsugu, N., and Wada, M. (2009). Chloroplast photorelocation movement. In: Plant Cell Monographs, The Chloroplast–Interaction with Environment. Ed. A.S. Sandelius and H. Aronsson, Sprinter, Berlin Heidelberg. Pp. 235-266.
  15. Ogura, Y., S. Tokutomi, Wada, M. and T. Kiyosue (2008). PAS/LOV proteins: A proposed new class of plant blue light receptor. Plant Signaling & Behavior 3: 966-968.
  16. Wada, M. (2008). Photoresponses in fern gametophytes. In: The Biology and Evolution of Ferns and Lycophytes" Edited by Tom A. Ranker and Christopher H. Haufler, Cambridge Univ. Press. Pp. 3-48.
Protocols by Masamitsu Wada
  1. Observation of Chloroplast-actin Filaments in Leaves of Arabidopsis