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Department of Plant Pathology Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

Tanaka Lab – Personnel


Kiwamu Tanaka

Principal Investigator

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WSU Plant Pathology
PO BOX 646430
Pullman, WA, 99163-6430
Office – Johnson Hall 355 | (509) 335-6418
Lab – Johnson Hall 358 | (509) 335-5813
Fax: (509) 335-9581

kiwamu.tanaka [at]


Pl_P 535 Molecular Genetics of Plant-Pathogen Interactions
Pl_P 499 Special Problems
MPS 570 Advanced Topics in Molecular Plant Sciences

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  1. Yuan P, Tanaka K, Du L, Poovaiah BW (2018) Calcium signaling in plant autoimmunity: a guard model for AtSR1/CAMTA3-mediated immune response. Mol. Plant 11: 637-639 doi:10.1016/j.molp.2018.02.014
  2. Ramachandran SR, Kumar S, Tanaka K (2018) Quantification of extracellular ATP in plant suspension cell cultures. In Plant innate immunity (W. Gassmann, ed.). Methods Mol. Biol., Humana Press (in press)
  3. DeShields JB, Bomberger RA, Woodhall JW, Wheeler DL, Moroz N, Johnson DA, Tanaka K (2018) On-site molecular detection of soil-borne phytopathogens using a portable real-time PCR system. J. Vis. Exp. e56891 doi:10.3791/56891
  4. Tripathi D, Tanaka K (2018) A crosstalk between extracellular ATP and JA signaling pathways. Plant Signal. Behav. (in press) doi:10.1080/15592324.2018.1432229
  5. Tripathi D, Zhang T, Koo AJ, Stacey G, Tanaka K (2018) Extracellular ATP acts on jasmonate signaling to reinforce plant defense. Plant Physiol. 176: 511-23 doi:10.1104/pp.17.01477
  6. Moroz N, Huffaker A, Tanaka K (2017) Extracellular alkalinization assay for detection of early defense response. Curr. Protoc. Plant Biol. 2: 210-20 doi:10.1002/cppb.20057
  7. Yuan P, Jauregui E, Du L, Tanaka K, Poovaiah BW (2017) Calcium signatures and signaling events orchestrate plant-microbe interactions. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 38: 173-83 doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2017.06.003
  8. Hadwiger LA, Tanaka K (2017) A Simple and rapid assay for measuring phytoalexin pisatin, an indicator of plant defense response in Pea (Pisum sativum L.). Bio-protocol 7: e2362 doi:10.21769/BioProtoc.2362
  9. Hadwiger LA, Tanaka K (2017) Nonhost resistance: DNA damage is associated with SA signaling for induction of PR genes and contributes to the growth suppression of a pea pathogen on pea endocarp tissue. Front. Plant Sci. 8: 446 doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.00446
  10. Tanaka K, Hadwiger LA (2017) Nonhost resistance: reactive oxygen species (ROS) signal causes DNA damage prior to the induction of PR genes and disease resistance in pea tissue. Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. 98: 18-24 doi:10.1016/j.pmpp.2017.01.007
  11. Moroz N, Fritch KR, Marcec MJ, Tripathi D, Smertenko A, Tanaka K (2017) Extracellular alkalinization as a defense response in potato cells. Front. Plant Sci. 8: 32 doi:10.3389/fpls.2017.00032
  12. Ramachandran SR, Yin C, Kud J, Tanaka K, Mahoney AK, Xiao F, Hulbert SH (2017) Effectors from wheat rust fungi suppress multiple plant defense responses. Phytopathology 107: 75-83 doi:10.1094/PHYTO-02-16-0083-R
  13. Nguyen CT, Tanaka K, Cao Y, Cho W-H, Xu D, Stacey G (2016) Computational analysis of the ligand binding site of the extracellular ATP receptor, DORN1. PLoS One 11: e0161894 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0161894
  14. Tanaka K*, Cho S-H*, Lee H, Pham AQ, Batek JM, Cui S, Qiu J, Khan SM, Joshi T, Zhang ZJ, Xu D, Stacey G (2015) Effect of lipo-chitooligosaccharide on early growth of C4 grass seedlings. J. Exp. Bot. 66: 5727-38 *equal contribution doi:10.1093/jxb/erv260
  15. Hadwiger LA, Tanaka K (2015) EDTA a novel inducer of pisatin, a phytoalexin indicator of the non-host resistance in peas. Molecules 20: 24-34 doi:10.3390/molecules20010024
  16. Tanaka K, Tóth K, Stacey G (2015) Role of ectoapyrases in nodulation. In Biological Nitrogen Fixation (ed. F. J. de Bruijn), John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken NJ, USA, Vol 2, pp. 517-25 (Chapter 52). doi:10.1002/9781119053095.ch52
  17. Tanaka K (2014) FIRST AUTHOR’S [in Japanese] doi:10.7875/
  18. Cao Y*, Liang Y*, Tanaka K*, Nguyen CT, Jedrzejczak RP, Joachimiak A, Stacey G (2014) The kinase LYK5 is a major chitin receptor in Arabidopsis and forms a chitin-induced complex with related kinase CERK1. eLife 3: e03766 *equal contribution doi:10.7554/eLife.03766
  19. Choi J, Tanaka K, Liang Y, Cao Y, Lee SY, Stacey G (2014) Extracellular ATP, a danger signal, is recognized by DORN1 in Arabidopsis. Biochem. J. 463: 429-37 doi:10.1042/BJ20140666
  20. Tanaka K, Choi J, Cao Y, Stacey G (2014) Extracellular ATP acts as a damage associated molecular pattern (DAMP) signal in plants. Front. Plant Sci. 5: 466 doi:10.3389/fpls.2014.00446
  21. Liang Y, Tóth K, Cao Y, Tanaka K, Espinoza C, Stacey G (2014) Lipochitooligosaccharide recognition: an ancient story. New Phytol. 204: 289-96 doi:10.1111/nph.12898
  22. Cao Y*, Tanaka K*, Nguyen CT, Stacey G (2014) Extracellular ATP is a central signaling molecule in plant stress responses. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 20: 82-7 *equal contribution doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2014.04.009
  23. Choi J*, Tanaka K*, Cao Y, Qi Y, Qiu J, Liang Y, Lee SY, Stacey G (2014) Identification of a plant receptor for extracellular ATP. Science 343: 290-4 *equal contribution doi:10.1126/science.343.6168.290
  24. Wang J, Tóth K, Tanaka K, Nguyen CT, Yan Z, Brechenmacher L, Dahmen J, Chen M, Thelen JJ, Qiu L, Stacey G. (2014) A Soybean acyl carrier protein, GmACP, is important for root nodule symbiosis. Mol. Plant-Microbe Int. 27: 415-23 doi:10.1094/MPMI-09-13-0269-R
  25. Liang Y, Cao Y, Tanaka K, Thibivilliers S, Wan J, Choi J, Kang CH, Qiu J, Stacey G (2013) Nonlegumes respond to rhizobial Nod factors by suppressing the innate immune response. Science 341: 1384-7 doi:10.1126/science.1242736
  26. Tanaka K, Nguyen CT, Liang Y, Cao Y, Stacey G (2013) Role of LysM receptors in chitin-triggered plant innate immunity. Plant Signal. Behav. 8: e22598 doi:10.4161/psb.22598
  27. Tanaka K, Choi J, Stacey G (2013) Aequorin luminescence-based functional calcium assay for heterotrimeric G-proteins in Arabidopsis. In G Protein-Coupled Receptor Signaling in Plants: Methods and Protocols (ed. M.P. Running). Methods Mol. Biol., Humana Press, New York, Vol 1043, pp. 45-54 (Chapter 5) doi:10.1007/978-1-62703-532-3_5
  28. Nguyen THN, Brechenmacher L, Aldrich J, Clauss T, Gritsenko M, Hixson K, Libault M, Tanaka K, Yang F, Yao Q, Paša-Tolić L, Xu D, Nguyen HT, Stacey G (2012) Quantitative Phosphoproteomic Analysis of Soybean Root Hairs Inoculated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Mol. Cell. Proteomics 11: 1140-55 doi:10.1074/mcp.M112.018028
  29. Wan J*, Tanaka K*, Zhang X, Son GH, Brechenmacher L, Nguyen THN, Stacey G (2012) LYK4, a lysin motif receptor-like kinase, is important for chitin signaling and plant innate immunity in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 160: 396-406 *equal contribution doi:10.1104/pp.112.201699
  30. Yoshimitsu Y, Tanaka K, Fukuda W, Asami T, Yoshida S, Hayashi K, Kamiya Y, Jikumaru Y, Shigeta T, Nakamura Y, Matsuo T, Okamoto S (2011) Transcription of DWARF4 plays a crucial role in auxin-regulated root elongation in addition to brassinosteroid homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS One 6: e23851 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023851
  31. Tanaka K, Nguyen THN, Stacey G (2011) Enzymatic role for soybean ecto-apyrase in nodulation. Plant Signal. Behav. 6: 1034-6 doi:10.4161/psb.6.7.15601
  32. Tanaka K, Nguyen CT, Libault M, Cheng J, Stacey G (2011) Enzymatic activity of the soybean ecto-apyrase GS52 is essential for stimulation of nodulation. Plant Physiol. 155: 1988-98 doi:10.1104/pp.110.170910
  33. Tanaka K, Swanson SJ, Gilroy S, Stacey G (2010) Extracellular nucleotides elicit cytosolic free calcium oscillations in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 154: 705-19 doi:10.1104/pp.110.162503
  34. Tanaka K, Gilroy S, Jones AM, Stacey G (2010) Extracellular nucleotide signaling in plants. Trends Cell Biol. 20: 601-8 [Cover of the issue] doi:10.1016/j.tcb.2010.07.005
  35. Yoshimitsu Y, Tanaka K, Takashi T, Nakamura Y, Matsuo T, Okamoto S (2009) Improvement of DNA/metal particle adsorption in tungsten-based biolistic bombardment; alkaline pH is necessary for DNA adsorption and suppression of DNA degradation. J. Plant Biol. 52: 524-32 doi:10.1007/s12374-009-9068-0
  36. Govindarajulu M, Kim SY, Libault M, Berg RH, Tanaka K, Stacey G, Taylor CG (2009) GS52 ecto-apyrase plays a critical role during soybean nodulation. Plant Physiol. 149: 994-1004 doi:10.1104/pp.108.128728
  37. Nakamura Y, Nakamura K, Asai Y, Wada T, Tanaka K, Matsuo T, Okamoto S, Meijer J, Kitamura Y, Nishikawa A, Park EY, Sato K, Ohtsuki K (2008) Comparison of the glucosinolate–myrosinase systems among daikon (Raphanus sativus, Japanese white radish) varieties. J. Agric. Food Chem. 56: 2702-7 doi:10.1021/jf7035774
  38. Okamoto S, Tanaka K, Nakamura Y, Matsuo T (2007) Research progress and agricultural application of brassinosteroids. Agriculture and Horticulture (Nogyo Oyobi Engei; ISSN: 0369-5247) 82: 641-52 [in Japanese]
  39. Okamoto S, Tanaka K, Matsuo T (2007) The mechanisms underlying the regulation of endogenous levels of brassinosteroids. Chemistry and Biology (Kagaku-To-Seibutsu) 45: 34-42 [in Japanese] doi:10.1271/kagakutoseibutsu1962.45.34
  40. Tanaka K, Asami T, Yoshida S, Nakamura Y, Matsuo T, Okamoto S (2005) Brassinosteroid homeostasis in Arabidopsis in ensured by feedback expressions of multiple genes involved in its metabolism. Plant Physiol. 138: 1117-25 doi:10.1104/pp.104.058040
  41. Okamoto S, Tanaka K, Tsuruyama K, Nakamura Y, Matsuo T (2005) Development and evaluation of a novel experimental system to control rosette leaf initiation in Arabidopsis. Plant Sci. 168: 37-44 doi:10.1016/j.plantsci.2004.07.010
  42. Tanaka K, Nakamura Y, Asami T, Yoshida S, Matsuo T, Okamoto S (2003) Physiological role of brassinosteroids in early growth of Arabidopsis: brassinosteroids have a synergistic relationship with gibberellin as well as auxin in light-growth hypocotyl elongation. J. Plant Growth Regul. 22: 259-71 doi:10.1007/s00344-003-0119-3