Publications

Hitoshi Sawada and Takako Saito. Mechanisms of Sperm–Egg Interactions: What Ascidian Fertilization Research Has Taught Us, Cells, 2022, 11, 2096. https://doi.org/10.3390/ cells11132096

Shizuya Hashimoto*, Keita Kinjo*, Takako Saito, Hitoshi Sawada. Removal of the block to self-fertilization by low-calcium artificial seawater in the ascidian Ciona intestinalis, Zygote, doi:10.1017/S0967199422000144, 2022. *equal contribution

Takako Saito and Hitoshi Sawada. Fertilization of Ascidians: Gamete Interaction, Self/Nonself Recognition and Sperm Penetration of Egg Coat, Front. Cell Dev. Biol., doi: 10.3389/fcell.2021.827214, 2022 

Woojin Kang, Miki Suzuki, Takako Saito, Kenji Miyado. Emerging Role of TCA Cycle-Related Enzymes in Human Diseases. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 22(23), 13057, 2021 

Naokazu Inoue, Takako Saito, Ikuo Wada. Unveiling a novel function of CD9 in surface compartmentalization of oocytes, Development, 2020 Aug 14;147(15):dev189985, 2020

Takako Saito, Ikuo Wada, Naokazu Inoue, Sperm IZUMO1-Dependent Gamete Fusion Influences Male Fertility in Mice, Int. J. Mol. Sci. 20(19): 4809, 2019

Takako Saito, Ikuo Wada, Naokazu Inoue. Alternative splicing of the Izumo1 gene ensures triggering gamete fusion in mice. Sci. Rep. 9: 3151, 2019

Takako Saito*, Marcel Bokhove*, Romina Croci, Sara Zamora-Caballero, Ling Han, Michelle Letarte, Daniele de Sanctis,Luca Jovine. Structural Basis of the Human Endoglin-BMP9 Interaction: Insights into BMP Signaling and HHT1. Cell Rep. 30;19(9): 1917-1928, 2017 *equal contribution

Marcel Bokhove*, Hamed Sadat Al Hossein*, Takako Saito*, Elisa Dioguardi, Katharina Gegenschatz-Schmid, Kaoru Nishimura, Isha Raj, Daniele de Sanctis, Ling Han, Luca Jovine : Easy mammalian expression and crystallography of maltose-binding protein-fused human proteins. J. Struct. Biol. 194(1): 1-7, 2016   *equal contribution

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Hitoshi Sawada, Kazunori Yamamoto, Kei Otsuka, Takako Saito, Akira Yamaguchi, Masako Mino, Mari Akasaka, Yoshito Harada, Lixy Yamada : Allorecognition and Lysin Systems During Ascidian Fertilization. Sexual Reproduction in Animals and Plants 2014

Takako Saito, Kogiku Shiba, Kazuo Inaba, Lixy Yamada, Hitoshi Sawada. Self-incompatibility response induced by calcium increase in sperm of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. PNAS. 109(11):4158-62, 2012

Hitoshi Sawada, Takako Saito, Akira Yamaguchi, Yoshito Harada, Lixy Yamada. Allorecognition mechanisms in ascidian fertilization: A reproduction strategy shared with flowering plants. Sperm Cell Research in the 21st Century: Historical Discoveries to New Horizons 202-207, 2011

Akira Yamaguchi, Takako Saito, Lixy Yamada, Hisaaki Taniguchi, Yoshito Harada, Hitoshi Sawada. Identification and localization of sperm CRISP family protein CiUrabin involved in gamete interaction in the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Mol. Reprod. Dev. 78(7):488-97, 2011

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Lixy Yamada*, Takako Saito*, Hisaaki Taniguchi, Hitoshi Sawada,Yoshito Harada. Comprehensive egg coat proteome of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis reveals gamete recognition molecules involved in self-sterility. J.Biol. Chem. 284(14):9402-9410, 2009 *equal contribution

Yoshito Harada, Yuhei Takagaki, Masahiko Sunagawa, Takako Saito, Lixy Yamada, Hisaaki Taniguchi, Eiichi Shoguchi, Hitoshi Sawada. Mechanism of Self-Sterility in a Hermaphroditic Chordate. Science 320(5875):548-550, 2008