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Ikuko Hara-Nishimura


Ph.D., Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, 1979

Current position

Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, 1999

Publications (selected)

  1. Okamoto, K., Ueda, H., Shimada, T., Tamura, K., Kato, T., Tasaka, M., Morita, M.T. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2015). Regulation of organ straightening and plant posture by an actin–myosin XI cytoskeleton. Nature Plant: 1031.
  2. Ueda, H., Tamura, K. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2015). Functions of plant-specific myosin XI: from intracellular motility to plant postures. Curr Opin Plant Biol 28: 30-38.
  3. Hatsugai, N., Yamada, K., Goto-Yamada, S. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2015). Vacuolar processing enzyme in plant programmed cell death. Front Plant Sci 6: 234.
  4. Shirakawa, M., Ueda, H., Nagano, A. J., Shimada, T., Kohchi, T. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2014). FAMA is an essential component for the differentiation of two distinct cell types, myrosin cells and guard cells, in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 26(10): 4039-4052.
  5. Tamura, K., Iwabuchi, K., Fukao, Y., Kondo, M., Okamoto, K., Ueda, H., Nishimura, M. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2013). Myosin XI-i links the nuclear membrane to the cytoskeleton to control nuclear movement and shape in Arabidopsis. Curr Biol 23(18): 1776-1781.
  6. Sugano, S. S., Shimada, T., Imai, Y., Okawa, K., Tamai, A., Mori, M. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2010). Stomagen positively regulates stomatal density in Arabidopsis. Nature 463(7278): 241-244.
  7. Ueda, H., Yokota, E., Kutsuna, N., Shimada, T., Tamura, K., Shimmen, T., Hasezawa, S., Dolja, V. V. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2010). Myosin-dependent endoplasmic reticulum motility and F-actin organization in plant cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(15): 6894-6899.
  8. Tamura, K., Fukao, Y., Iwamoto, M., Haraguchi, T. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2010). Identification and characterization of nuclear pore complex components in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell 22(12): 4084-4097.
  9. Hatsugai, N., Iwasaki, S., Tamura, K., Kondo, M., Fuji, K., Ogasawara, K., Nishimura, M. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2009). A novel membrane fusion-mediated plant immunity against bacterial pathogens. Genes Dev 23(21): 2496-2506.
  10. Fuji, K., Shimada, T., Takahashi, H., Tamura, K., Koumoto, Y., Utsumi, S., Nishizawa, K., Maruyama, N. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2007). Arabidopsis vacuolar sorting mutants (green fluorescent seed) can be identified efficiently by secretion of vacuole-targeted green fluorescent protein in their seeds. Plant Cell 19(2): 597-609.
  11. Hara-Nishimura, I., Hatsugai, N., Nakaune, S., Kuroyanagi, M. and Nishimura, M. (2005). Vacuolar processing enzyme: an executor of plant cell death. Curr Opin Plant Biol 8(4): 404-408.
  12. Hatsugai, N., Kuroyanagi, M., Yamada, K., Meshi, T., Tsuda, S., Kondo, M., Nishimura, M. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2004). A plant vacuolar protease, VPE, mediates virus-induced hypersensitive cell death. Science 305(5685): 855-858.
  13. Matsushima, R., Fukao, Y., Nishimura, M. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2004). NAI1 gene encodes a basic-helix-loop-helix-type putative transcription factor that regulates the formation of an endoplasmic reticulum-derived structure, the ER body. Plant Cell 16(6): 1536-1549.
  14. Shimada, T., Fuji, K., Tamura, K., Kondo, M., Nishimura, M. and Hara-Nishimura, I. (2003). Vacuolar sorting receptor for seed storage proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 100(26): 16095-16100.
  15. Hara-Nishimura, I. and Matsushima, R. (2003). A wound-inducible organelle derived from endoplasmic reticulum: a plant strategy against environmental stresses? Curr Opin Plant Biol 6(6): 583-588.
  16. Hara-Nishimura, I., Shimada, T., Hatano, K., Takeuchi, Y. and Nishimura, M. (1998). Transport of storage proteins to protein storage vacuoles is mediated by large precursor-accumulating vesicles. Plant Cell 10(5): 825-836.
  17. Hara-Nishimura, I., Takeuchi, Y. and Nishimura, M. (1993). Molecular characterization of a vacuolar processing enzyme related to a putative cysteine proteinase of Schistosoma mansoni. Plant Cell 5(11): 1651-1659.
Protocols by Ikuko Hara-Nishimura
  1. Differential and Simultaneous Visualization of Cells and Airspaces in Plant Leaves