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59. Zhuo M, Sakuraba Y, Yanagisawa S. (2024) Dof1.7 and NIGT1 transcription factors mediate multilayered transcriptional regulation for different expression patterns of NITRATE TRANSPORTER2 genes under nitrogen deficiency stress. New Phytologist Doi: 10.1111/nph.19695.


58. Liu K, Sakuraba Y, Ohtsuki N, Yang M, Ueda Y, Yanagisawa S. (2023) CRISPR/Cas9-mediated elimination of OsHHO3, a transcriptional repressor of three AMMONIUM TRANSPORTER1 genes, improves nitrogen use efficiency in rice. Plant Biotechnol. J. 21: 2169-2172.

57. BuelBuel S, Sakuraba Y, Sedaghatmehr M, Watanabe M, Hoefgen R, Balazadeh S, Mueller-Roeber B. (2023) Arabidopsis BBX14 negatively regulates nitrogen starvation- and dark-induced leaf senescence. Plant J. 116: 251-268.

56. Yang M, Sakuraba Y, Ishikawa T, Ohtsuki N, Kawai-Yamada M, Yanagisawa S. (2023) Chloroplastic Sec14-like proteins modulate growth and phosphate deficiency responses in Arabidopsis and rice. Plant Physiology 192: 3030-3048.


55. Ariga T, Sakuraba Y, Zhuo M, Yang M, Yanagisawa. (2022) The Arabidopsis NLP7-HB52/HB54-VAR2 pathway modulates energy utilization in diverse light and nitrogen conditions. Current Biology 32: 5344-5353.

54. Sakuraba Y*, and Paek NC. (2022) Overexpression of ONAC054 Improves Drought Stress Tolerance and Grain Yield in Rice. Crops doi: 10.3390/crops2040027. ​

53.​ Sakuraba Y*. (2022) Molecular basis of nitrogen starvation-induced leaf senescence. Frontiers in Plant Science 

​13: 1013304. Review

52. Sakuraba Y, Zhuo M, and Yanagisawa S. (2022) RWP-RK domain-containing transcription factors in the Viridiplantae: biology and phylogenetic relationships. Journal of Experimental Botany 73: 4323-4337. Review

51. Saito M, Konishi M, Miyagi A, Sakuraba Y, Kawai-Yamada M, Yanagisawa S. (2022) Arabidopsis nitrate-induced aspartate oxidase gene expression is necessary to maintain metabolic balance under nitrogen nutrient fluctuation. Communications Biology 5: 432. 


50.​ Sakuraba Y*. (2021) Light-mediated regulation of leaf senescence. International Journal of Molecular Sciences

​22: 3291. Review

49. 櫻庭康仁* (2021) フィトクロムを介した赤色光シグナルによるリン栄養の獲得制御の発見. アグリバイオ 5: 253-256. Review

48. Sakuraba Y, Chaganzhana, Mabuchi A, Iba K, Yanagisawa S. (2021) Enhanced NRT1.1/NPF6.3 expression in shoots improves growth under nitrogen deficiency stress in Arabidopsis. Communications Biology 4: 256. 

47. Ueda Y, Sakuraba Y, and Yanagisawa S. (2021) Environmental Control of Phosphorus Acquisition: A Piece of Framework Underlying Nutritional Homeostasis. Plant and Cell Physiology in press. Review


46. ​Ueda Y, Nosaki S, Sakuraba Y, Miyakawa T, Kiba T, Tanokura M, and Yanagisawa S. (2020) NIGT1 family proteins exhibit dual mode DNA recognition to regulate nutrient response-associated genes in Arabidopsis. PLoS Genetics 16: e1009197.

45. Sakuraba Y, Hortensteiner S, Paek NC, Li J, and Park S. (2020) REGULATORY MECHANISM OF LEAF SENESCENCE UNDER ENVIRONMENTAL STRESSES. Frontiers in Plant Science 1-702 e-Book

44. ​Sakuraba Y*, Li J, Park S, and Paek NC. (2020) Editorial: Regulatory Mechanism of Leaf Senescence Under Environmental Stresses. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 1293  Editorial


43. ​Sakuraba Y, and Yanagisawa S. (2020) Effect of phytochrome-mediated red light signaling on phosphorus uptake and accumulation in rice. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition doi: 10.1080/00380768.2020.1798205.

42. Lim C, Kang K,  Shim Y, Sakuraba Y, An G, and Paek NC. (2020) Rice ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR 101 promotes leaf senescence through jasmonic acid-mediated regulation of OsNAP and OsMYC2. Frontiers in Plant Science 11: 1096.

​41. Sakuraba Y, Kim D, Han SH, Kim SH, Piao W, Yanagisawa S, An G, and Paek NC. (2020) Multilayered regulation of membrane-bound ONAC054 is essential for abscisic acid-induced leaf senescence in rice. The Plant Cell 32: 630-649.

40. Zhuo M, Sakuraba Y, and Yanagisawa S. (2020) A Jasmonate-activated MYC2-Dof2.1-MYC2 Transcriptional Loop Promotes Leaf Senescence in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 32: 242-262.


39. Piao W, Sakuraba Y*, ​ and Paek NC. (2019) Transgenic expression of rice MYB102 (OsMYB102) delays leaf senescence and decreases abiotic stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. BMB reports, 52: 653-658.

38. Piao W, Kim SH, Lee BD, An G, Sakuraba Y*, and Paek NC. (2019) The rice transcription factor OsMYB102 delays leaf senescence by down regulating abscisic acid accumulation and signaling. Journal of Experimental Botany, 70: 2699-2715. ​

​37. Yang YN, Safarova R, Park SY, Sakuraba Y, Oh MH, Zulguganov IS, Lee CB, Tanaka A, Paek NC, and Lee CH. (2019) Chlorophyll degradation and light-harvesting complex II aggregate formation during dark-induced leaf senescence in Arabidopsis pheophytinase mutants. Journal of Plant Biology, ​62: 27-38.


​36. Sakuraba Y, Kanno S, Mabuchi A, Monda K, Iba K, Yanagisawa S. (2018) A phytochrome B-mediated regulatory mechanism of phosphorus acquisition. Nature Plants, 4:1089-1101

35. Maeda Y, Konishi M, Kiba T, Sakuraba Y, Sawaki N, Kurai T, Ueda Y, Sakakibara H, Yanagisawa S. (2018) A NIGT-centered transcriptional cascade regulates nitrate signaling and incorporates phosphorus starvation signal in Arabidopsis. Nature Communications, 9:1376.

34. Sakuraba Y, Yanagisawa S. (2018) Light signalling-induced regulation of nutrient acquisition and utilisation in plants. Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology, doi:10.1016/j.semcdb.2017.12.014.  Review

33. Sakuraba Y, Kim D, Paek NC. (2018) Salt Treatments and Induction of Senescence. Methods in Molecular Biology, 1744:141-149.   Protocol


32. Lee BD, Kim MR, Kang MY, Cha JY, Han SH, Nawkar G, Sakuraba Y, Lee SY, Imaizumi T, McClung CR, Kim WY, Paek NC. (2017) The F-box protein FKF1 inhibits dimerization of COP1 in the control of photoperiodic flowering. Nature Communications, 8:2259.

31. Sakuraba Y, BulBul S, Piao W, Choi G, Paek NC. (2017) EARLY FLOWERING3 increases salt tolerance by suppressing salt stress response pathways. The Plant Journal 92:1106-1120.

30. Piao W, Han SH, Sakuraba Y*, Paek NC. (2017) Rice 7-Hydroxymethyl Chlorophyll a Reductase Is Involved In the Promotion of Chlorophyll Degradation and Modulates Cell Death Signaling. Molecules and Cells, 40:773-786.

29. Sakuraba Y, Kim EY, Paek NC. (2017) Roles of rice PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR-LIKE1 (OsPIL1) in leaf senescence. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 14:e1362522.

28. Sakuraba Y, Kim EY, Han SH, Piao W, An G, Todaka D, Yamaguchi-Shinozaki K, Paek NC. (2017) Rice Phytochrome-Interacting Factor-Like1 (OsPIL1) is involved in the promotion of chlorophyll biosynthesis through feed-forward regulatory loop. Journal of Experimental Botany 68:4103-4114.


27. Sakuraba Y, Han SH, Yang HJ, Piao W, Paek NC. (2016) Mutation of Rice Early Flowering3.1 (OsELF3.1) delays leaf senescence in rice. Plant Molecular Biology 92:223-234.

26. Klinsky DJ, Abdelmohsen K, ...Sakuraba Y, et al. (2016) Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (3rd edition). Autophagy, 12:443.  Protocol

25. Shahnejat-Bushehri S, Tarkowska D, Sakuraba Y, Balazadeh S. (2016) Arabidopsis NAC transcription factor JUB1 regulates GA/BR metabolism and signaling. Nature Plants, 2:16013.


24. Sakuraba Y, Han SH, Lee SH, Hortensteiner S, Paek NC. (2016) Arabidopsis NAC016 promotes chlorophyll breakdown by directly upregulating STAYGREEN1 transcription. Plant Cell Reports, 35:155-166. 


23. Kang MY, Kwon HY, Kim NY, Sakuraba Y*, Paek NC. (2015) CONSTITUTIVE PHOTOMORPHOGENIC 10 (COP10) Contributes to Floral Repression under Non-Inductive Short Days in Arabidopsis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 16:26493-26505.

22. Sakuraba Y, Piao W, Lim JH, Han SH, Kim YS, An G, Paek NC. (2015) Rice ONAC106 inhibits Leaf Senescence and Increases Salt Tolerance and Tiller Angle. Plant & Cell Physiology 56:2325-2339.

21. Piao W, Kim EY, Han SH, Sakuraba Y*, Paek NC. (2015) Rice Phytochrome B (OsPhyB) Negatively Regulates Dark- and Starvation-Induced Leaf Senescence. Plants 4:644-663.

20. Wang SH, Lim JH, Kim SS, Cho SH, Yoo SC, Koh HJ, Sakuraba Y*, Paek NC. (2015) Mutation of SPOTTEDLEAF3 (SPL3) impairs abscisic acid-responsive signaling and delays leaf senescence. Journal of Experimental Botany 66:7045-7059. 

19. Sakuraba Y, Kim YS, Han SH, Lee BD, Paek NC. (2015) The Arabidopsis Transcription Factor NAC016 Promotes Drought Stress Responses by Repressin AREB1 Transcription through a Trifucate Feed-Forward Regulatory Loop Involving NAP. The Plant Cell 27:1771-1787.

18. Sakuraba Y, Park SY, Paek NC. (2015) The Divergent Roles of STAYGREEN (SGR) Homologs in Chlorophyll Degdation. Mol. Cells, 38:390-395. Review

17. Lee SH, Sakuraba Y, Lee T, Kim KW, An G, Lee HY, Paek NC. (2015) Mutation of Oryza sativa CORONATINE INSENSITIVE 1b (OsCOI1b) delays leaf senescence. Journal of Integral Plant Biology, 57:562-576.


16. Sakuraba Y*, Kim D, Kim YS, Hortensteiner S, Paek NC. (2014) Arabidopsis STAYGREEN-LIKE (SGRL) promotes abiotic stress-induced leaf yellowing during vegetative growth. FEBS Letters 3;588:3830-3837

15. Sakuraba Y, Jeong J, Kang MY, Kim J, Paek NC, Choi G. (2014) Phytochrome-interacting transcription factors PIF4 and PIF5 induce leaf senescence in Arabidopsis. Nature Communications, 5:4636.


14. Sakuraba Y, Park SY, Kim YS, Wang SH, Yoo SC, Hortensteiner S, Paek NC. (2014) Arabidopsis STAY-GREEN2 is a Negative Regulator of Chlorophyll Degradation during Leaf Senescence. Molecular Plant 7:1288-1302.


13. Sakuraba Y*, Lee SH, Kim YS, Park OK, Hortensteiner S, Paek NC. (2014) Delayed degradation of chlorophylls and photosynthetic proteins in Arabidopsis autophagy mutants during stress-induced leaf yellowing. Journal of Experimental Botany 65:3915-3925.




12. Kim YS, Sakuraba Y, Han SH, Yoo SC, Paek NC. (2013) Mutation of the Arabidopsis NAC016 transcription factor delays leaf senescence. Plant & Cell Physiology 54:1660-1672. 

11. Sakuraba Y, Rahman ML, Cho SH, Kim YS, Koh HJ, Yoo SC, Paek NC. (2013) The rice fade green leaf locus encodes protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase B and is essential for chlorophyll synthesis under high light conditions. The Plant Journal 74:122-133.

10. Sakuraba Y, Kim YS, Yoo SC, Hortensteiner S, Paek NC. (2013) 7-Hydroxymethyl chlorophyll a reductase functions in metabolic channeling of chlorophyll breakdown intermediates during leaf senescence. Biochemical. Biophysical. Research Commnications. 430:32-37. 


9. Sakuraba Y, Schelbert S, Park SY, Han SH, Lee BD, Andres CB, Kessler F, Hortensteiner S, Paek NC. (2012) STAY-GREEN and chlorophyll catabolic enzymes interact at light-harvesting complex II for chlorophyll detoxification during leaf senescence in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 24:507-518. 

8. Han SH, Sakuraba Y, Koh, HJ, Paek NC. (2012) Leaf variegation in the rice zebra2 mutant is caused by photoperiodic accumulation of tetra-cis-lycopene and singlet oxygen. Molecules and cells 33:87-97. 

7. Sakuraba Y, Balazadeh S, Tanaka R, Mueller-Roeber B, Tanaka A. (2012) Overproduction of chlorophyll b retards senescence through transcriptional reprogramming in Arabidopsis. Plant & Cell Physiology 53:505-517.


6. Sakuraba Y, Yokono M, Akimoto S, Tanaka R, Tanaka A. (2010) Deregulated chlorophyll b synthesis reduces the energy transfer rate between photosynthetic pigments and induces photodamage in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant & Cell Physiology 56:1055-1065. 


5. Sakuraba Y*, Yamasato A, Tanaka R, Tanaka A. (2009) Determination of a chloroplast degron in the regulatory domain of chlorophyllide a oxygenase. Journal of Biological Chemistry 284:36689-36699. 


4. Kanematsu S, Sakuraba Y*, Tanaka A, Tanaka R. (2008) Characterization of Arabidopsis mutants defective in the regulation of chlorophyllide a oxygenase. Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences 7: 1196-1205.

3. Sakuraba Y, Yamasato A, Tanaka R, Tanaka A. (2008) Analysis of the N-terminal Domain of Chlorophyllide a Oxygenase by Random Mutagenesis. Photosynthesis. Energy from the Sun. 1049-1052 Book


2. Sakuraba Y*, Yamasato A, Tanaka R, Tanaka A. (2007) Functional analysis of Nterminal domains of Arabidopsis chlorophyllide a oxygenase. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 45:740-749.

1. Nakagawara E, Sakuraba Y, Yamasato A, Tanaka R, Tanaka A. (2007) Clp protease controls chlorophyll b synthesis by regulating the level of chlorophyllide a oxygenase. The Plant Journal 49:800-809.

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