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Kazuhiko Nishitani


Ph. D. in Plant Physiology, Department of Biology, Osaka City University, 1981

Current position

Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Kido, N., Yokoyama, R., Yamamoto, T., Furukawa, J., Iwai, H., Satoh, S. and Nishitani, K. (2015). The matrix polysaccharide (1;3,1;4)-beta-D-glucan is involved in silicon-dependent strengthening of rice cell wall. Plant Cell Physiol 56(2): 268-276.
  2. Nishitani, K. and Demura, T. (2015). Editorial: an emerging view of plant cell walls as an apoplastic intelligent system. Plant Cell Physiol 56(2): 177-179.
  3. Hara, Y., Yokoyama, R., Osakabe, K., Toki, S. and Nishitani, K. (2014). Function of xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolases in rice. Ann Bot 114(6): 1309-1318.
  4. Pitaksaringkarn, W., Matsuoka, K., Asahina, M., Miura, K., Sage-Ono, K., Ono, M., Yokoyama, R., Nishitani, K., Ishii, T., Iwai, H. and Satoh, S. (2014). XTH20 and XTH19 regulated by ANAC071 under auxin flow are involved in cell proliferation in incised Arabidopsis inflorescence stems. Plant J 80(4): 604-614.
  5. Negi, J., Moriwaki, K., Konishi, M., Yokoyama, R., Nakano, T., Kusumi, K., Hashimoto-Sugimoto, M., Schroeder, J. I., Nishitani, K., Yanagisawa, S. and Iba, K. (2013). A Dof transcription factor, SCAP1, is essential for the development of functional stomata in Arabidopsis. Curr Biol 23(6): 479-484.
  6. Kunieda, T., Shimada, T., Kondo, M., Nishimura, M., Nishitani, K. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2013). Spatiotemporal secretion of PEROXIDASE36 is required for seed coat mucilage extrusion in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25(4): 1355-1367.
  7. Arai-Sanoh, Y., Ida, M., Zhao, R., Nishitani, K., Yoshinaga, S., Takai, T., Nakano, H., Iwasawa, N. and Kondo, M. (2013). Varietal Differences in Cell Wall β-(1→ 3),(1→ 4)-Glucan and Nonstructural Carbohydrate in Rice Stems during the Grain Filling Stage. Plant Production Science 16(4): 335-341.
  8. Yamamoto, T., Nakamura, A., Iwai, H., Ishii, T., Ma, J. F., Yokoyama, R., Nishitani, K., Satoh, S. and Furukawa, J. (2012). Effect of silicon deficiency on secondary cell wall synthesis in rice leaf. J Plant Res 125(6): 771-779.
  9. Hongo, S., Sato, K., Yokoyama, R. and Nishitani, K. (2012). Demethylesterification of the primary wall by PECTIN METHYLESTERASE35 provides mechanical support to the Arabidopsis stem. Plant Cell 24(6): 2624-2634.
  10. Harada, T., Torii, Y., Morita, S., Onodera, R., Hara, Y., Yokoyama, R., Nishitani, K. and Satoh, S. (2011). Cloning, characterization, and expression of xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolase and expansin genes associated with petal growth and development during carnation flower opening. J Exp Bot 62(2): 815-823.
  11. Arai-Sanoh, Y., Ida, M., Zhao, R., Yoshinaga, S., Takai, T., Ishimaru, T., Maeda, H., Nishitani, K., Terashima, Y., Gau, M., Kato, N., Matsuoka, M. and Kondo, M. (2011). Genotypic variations in non-structural carbohydrate and cell-wall components of the stem in rice, sorghum, and sugar vane. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem 75(6): 1104-1112.
  12. Sasidharan, R., Chinnappa, C. C., Staal, M., Elzenga, J. T., Yokoyama, R., Nishitani, K., Voesenek, L. A. and Pierik, R. (2010). Light quality-mediated petiole elongation in Arabidopsis during shade avoidance involves cell wall modification by xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolases. Plant Physiol 154(2): 978-990.
  13. Yokoyama, R., Uwagaki, Y., Sasaki, H., Harada, T., Hiwatashi, Y., Hasebe, M. and Nishitani, K. (2010). Biological implications of the occurrence of 32 members of the XTH (xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolase) family of proteins in the bryophyte Physcomitrella patens. Plant J 64(4): 645-656.
  14. Kurasawa, K., Matsui, A., Yokoyama, R., Kuriyama, T., Yoshizumi, T., Matsui, M., Suwabe, K., Watanabe, M. and Nishitani, K. (2009). The AtXTH28 gene, a xyloglucan endotransglucosylase/hydrolase, is involved in automatic self-pollination in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Physiol 50(2): 413-422.
  15. Kamada, M., Omori, K., Nishitani, K., HOSON, T., TAKEOKA, H., SHIMAZU, T., YODA, S. and ISHIOKA, N. (2009). Germination and Growth Test in Four Strains of Arabidopsis thaliana in the Reference Model of European Modular Cultivation System. JASMA: Journal of the Japan Society of Microgravity Application 26(3): 249-254.
  16. Koizumi, K., Yokoyama, R. and Nishitani, K. (2009). Mechanical load induces upregulation of transcripts for a set of genes implicated in secondary wall formation in the supporting tissue of Arabidopsis thaliana. J Plant Res 122(6): 651-659.
  17. Tominaga-Wada, R., Iwata, M., Sugiyama, J., Kotake, T., Ishida, T., Yokoyama, R., Nishitani, K., Okada, K. and Wada, T. (2009). The GLABRA2 homeodomain protein directly regulates CESA5 and XTH17 gene expression in Arabidopsis roots. Plant J 60(3): 564-574.
  18. Kamada, M., Omori, K., Yokoyama, R., Nishitani, K., Hoson, T., Shimazu, T. and Ishioka, N. (2009). Preparation and outline of space-based studies on gravity responses and cell wall formation in plants. Biological Sciences in Space 23(3): 115-120.
  19. Nishitani, K., Yokoyama, R. and Koizumi, K. (2009). Cell Wall-Related Genes Involved in Supporting Tissue Formation and Transcriptional Regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Biological Sciences in Space 23(3): 121-129.
  20. Koizumi, K., Yokoyama, R., Kamada, M., Omori, K., Ishioka, N., Takeoka, H., Shimazu, T. and Nishitani, K. (2007). Reverse genetic approach to exploring genes responsible for cell-wall dynamics in supporting tissues of Arabidopsis thaliana under microgravity conditions. Biological Sciences in Space 21(3): 48-55.
  21. Kamada, M., Omori, K., Nishitani, K., Hoson, T., Shimazu, T. and Ishioka, N. (2007). JAXA space plant research on the ISS with European Modular Cultivation System. Biological Sciences in Space 21(3): 62-66.
  22. Osato, Y., Yokoyama, R. and Nishitani, K. (2006). A principal role for AtXTH18 in Arabidopsis thaliana root growth: a functional analysis using RNAi plants. J Plant Res 119(2): 153-162.
  23. Yokoyama, R. and Nishitani, K. (2006). Identification and characterization of Arabidopsis thaliana genes involved in xylem secondary cell walls. J Plant Res 119(3): 189-194.
  24. Suzuki, H., Takahashi, S., Watanabe, R., Fukushima, Y., Fujita, N., Noguchi, A., Yokoyama, R., Nishitani, K., Nishino, T. and Nakayama, T. (2006). An isoflavone conjugate-hydrolyzing beta-glucosidase from the roots of soybean (Glycine max) seedlings: purification, gene cloning, phylogenetics, and cellular localization. J Biol Chem 281(40): 30251-30259.
  25. Yoshida, K., Imaizumi, N., Kaneko, S., Kawagoe, Y., Tagiri, A., Tanaka, H., Nishitani, K. and Komae, K. (2006). Carbohydrate-binding module of a rice endo-beta-1,4-glycanase, OsCel9A, expressed in auxin-induced lateral root primordia, is post-translationally truncated. Plant Cell Physiol 47(11): 1555-1571.
  26. Vissenberg, K., Oyama, M., Osato, Y., Yokoyama, R., Verbelen, J. P. and Nishitani, K. (2005). Differential expression of AtXTH17, AtXTH18, AtXTH19 and AtXTH20 genes in Arabidopsis roots. Physiological roles in specification in cell wall construction. Plant Cell Physiol 46(1): 192-200.
  27. Matsui, A., Yokoyama, R., Seki, M., Ito, T., Shinozaki, K., Takahashi, T., Komeda, Y. and Nishitani, K. (2005). AtXTH27 plays an essential role in cell wall modification during the development of tracheary elements. Plant J 42(4): 525-534.
  28. Nishitani, K. (2005). Division of roles among members of the XTH gene family in plants. Plant Biosystems-An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology 139(1): 98-101.
  29. Kwon, H. K., Yokoyama, R. and Nishitani, K. (2005). A proteomic approach to apoplastic proteins involved in cell wall regeneration in protoplasts of Arabidopsis suspension-cultured cells. Plant Cell Physiol 46(6): 843-857.
  30. Imoto, K., Yokoyama, R. and Nishitani, K. (2005). Comprehensive approach to genes involved in cell wall modifications in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Mol Biol 58(2): 177-192.
  31. Tokimatsu, T., Sakurai, N., Suzuki, H., Ohta, H., Nishitani, K., Koyama, T., Umezawa, T., Misawa, N., Saito, K. and Shibata, D. (2005). KaPPA-view: a web-based analysis tool for integration of transcript and metabolite data on plant metabolic pathway maps. Plant Physiol 138(3): 1289-1300.
Protocols by Kazuhiko Nishitani
  1. Histochemical Staining of Silica Body in Rice Leaf Blades
  2. Immunogold Labeling Analysis of Cell Wall Polysaccharides with Special Reference to (1;3,1;4)-β-D-glucan in Rice Cell Walls