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Yasu S Morita PhD

InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
DepartmentCollege of Natural Sciences
Address240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003-9364
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    1. Kitzmiller CE, Cheng TY, Prandi J, Sparks IL, Moody DB, Morita YS. Detergent-induced quantitatively limited formation of diacyl phosphatidylinositol dimannoside in Mycobacterium smegmatis. J Lipid Res. 2024 Mar 22; 100533. PMID: 38522749.
    2. Sparks IL, Kado T, Prithviraj M, Nijjer J, Yan J, Morita YS. Lipoarabinomannan mediates localized cell wall integrity during division in mycobacteria. Nat Commun. 2024 Mar 11; 15(1):2191. PMID: 38467648.
    3. Kado T, Akbary Z, Motooka D, Sparks IL, Melzer ES, Nakamura S, Rojas ER, Morita YS, Siegrist MS. A cell wall synthase accelerates plasma membrane partitioning in mycobacteria. Elife. 2023 09 04; 12. PMID: 37665120.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
    4. Prithviraj M, Kado T, Mayfield JA, Young DC, Huang AD, Motooka D, Nakamura S, Siegrist MS, Moody DB, Morita YS. Tuberculostearic Acid Controls Mycobacterial Membrane Compartmentalization. mBio. 2023 04 25; 14(2):e0339622. PMID: 36976029.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    5. Sparks IL, Nijjer J, Yan J, Morita YS. Lipoarabinomannan regulates septation in Mycobacterium smegmatis. bioRxiv. 2023 Mar 26. PMID: 36993273.
    6. Sparks IL, Derbyshire KM, Jacobs WR, Morita YS. Mycobacterium smegmatis: The Vanguard of Mycobacterial Research. J Bacteriol. 2023 01 26; 205(1):e0033722. PMID: 36598232.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    7. Freeman AH, Tembiwa K, Brenner JR, Chase MR, Fortune SM, Morita YS, Boutte CC. Arginine methylation sites on SepIVA help balance elongation and septation in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Mol Microbiol. 2023 02; 119(2):208-223. PMID: 36416406.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
    8. Gupta KR, Gwin CM, Rahlwes KC, Biegas KJ, Wang C, Park JH, Liu J, Swarts BM, Morita YS, Rego EH. An essential periplasmic protein coordinates lipid trafficking and is required for asymmetric polar growth in mycobacteria. Elife. 2022 11 08; 11. PMID: 36346214.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    9. Nguyen PP, Kado T, Prithviraj M, Siegrist MS, Morita YS. Inositol acylation of phosphatidylinositol mannosides: a rapid mass response to membrane fluidization in mycobacteria. J Lipid Res. 2022 09; 63(9):100262. PMID: 35952902.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    10. Melzer ES, Kado T, Garc?a-Heredia A, Gupta KR, Meniche X, Morita YS, Sassetti CM, Rego EH, Siegrist MS. Cell Wall Damage Reveals Spatial Flexibility in Peptidoglycan Synthesis and a Nonredundant Role for RodA in Mycobacteria. J Bacteriol. 2022 06 21; 204(6):e0054021. PMID: 35543537.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    11. Rokicki CAZ, Brenner JR, Dills AH, Judd JJ, Kester JC, Puffal J, Sparks IL, Prithviraj M, Anderson BR, Wade JT, Gray TA, Derbyshire KM, Fortune SM, Morita YS. Fluorescence Imaging-Based Discovery of Membrane Domain-Associated Proteins in Mycobacterium smegmatis. J Bacteriol. 2021 10 25; 203(22):e0041921. PMID: 34516286.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    12. Tatebayashi R, Nakamura S, Minabe S, Furusawa T, Abe R, Kajisa M, Morita Y, Ohkura S, Kimura K, Matsuyama S. Gene-expression profile and postpartum transition of bovine endometrial side population cells?. Biol Reprod. 2021 04 01; 104(4):850-860. PMID: 33438005.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    13. Garc?a-Heredia A, Kado T, Sein CE, Puffal J, Osman SH, Judd J, Gray TA, Morita YS, Siegrist MS. Membrane-partitioned cell wall synthesis in mycobacteria. Elife. 2021 02 05; 10. PMID: 33544079.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    14. Rahlwes KC, Osman SH, Morita YS. Role of LmeA, a Mycobacterial Periplasmic Protein, in Maintaining the Mannosyltransferase MptA and Its Product Lipomannan under Stress. mSphere. 2020 11 04; 5(6). PMID: 33148829.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    15. Kavunja HW, Biegas KJ, Banahene N, Stewart JA, Piligian BF, Groenevelt JM, Sein CE, Morita YS, Niederweis M, Siegrist MS, Swarts BM. Photoactivatable Glycolipid Probes for Identifying Mycolate-Protein Interactions in Live Mycobacteria. J Am Chem Soc. 2020 04 29; 142(17):7725-7731. PMID: 32293873.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    16. Hayashi JM, Morita YS. Mycobacterial Membrane Domain, or a Primordial Organelle? Yale J Biol Med. 2019 09; 92(3):549-556. PMID: 31543716.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    17. Rahlwes KC, Puffal J, Morita YS. Purification and Analysis of Mycobacterial Phosphatidylinositol Mannosides, Lipomannan, and Lipoarabinomannan. Methods Mol Biol. 2019; 1954:59-75. PMID: 30864124.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    18. Rahlwes KC, Sparks IL, Morita YS. Cell Walls and Membranes of Actinobacteria. Subcell Biochem. 2019; 92:417-469. PMID: 31214994.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    19. Puffal J, Mayfield JA, Moody DB, Morita YS. Demethylmenaquinone Methyl Transferase Is a Membrane Domain-Associated Protein Essential for Menaquinone Homeostasis in Mycobacterium smegmatis. Front Microbiol. 2018; 9:3145. PMID: 30619211.
    20. Garc?a-Heredia A, Pohane AA, Melzer ES, Carr CR, Fiolek TJ, Rundell SR, Lim HC, Wagner JC, Morita YS, Swarts BM, Siegrist MS. Peptidoglycan precursor synthesis along the sidewall of pole-growing mycobacteria. Elife. 2018 09 10; 7. PMID: 30198841.
      Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    21. Puffal J, Garc?a-Heredia A, Rahlwes KC, Siegrist MS, Morita YS. Spatial control of cell envelope biosynthesis in mycobacteria. Pathog Dis. 2018 06 01; 76(4). PMID: 29762679.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    22. Eagen WJ, Baumoel LR, Osman SH, Rahlwes KC, Morita YS. Deletion of PimE mannosyltransferase results in increased copper sensitivity in Mycobacterium smegmatis. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2018 03 01; 365(6). PMID: 29390083.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    23. Wu KJ, Zhang J, Baranowski C, Leung V, Rego EH, Morita YS, Rubin EJ, Boutte CC. Characterization of Conserved and Novel Septal Factors in Mycobacterium smegmatis. J Bacteriol. 2018 03 15; 200(6). PMID: 29311277.
      Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    24. Hayashi JM, Richardson K, Melzer ES, Sandler SJ, Aldridge BB, Siegrist MS, Morita YS. Stress-Induced Reorganization of the Mycobacterial Membrane Domain. mBio. 2018 01 23; 9(1). PMID: 29362232.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    25. Rahlwes KC, Ha SA, Motooka D, Mayfield JA, Baumoel LR, Strickland JN, Torres-Ocampo AP, Nakamura S, Morita YS. The cell envelope-associated phospholipid-binding protein LmeA is required for mannan polymerization in mycobacteria. J Biol Chem. 2017 10 20; 292(42):17407-17417. PMID: 28855252.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    26. Toyonaga K, Torigoe S, Motomura Y, Kamichi T, Hayashi JM, Morita YS, Noguchi N, Chuma Y, Kiyohara H, Matsuo K, Tanaka H, Nakagawa Y, Sakuma T, Ohmuraya M, Yamamoto T, Umemura M, Matsuzaki G, Yoshikai Y, Yano I, Miyamoto T, Yamasaki S. C-Type Lectin Receptor DCAR Recognizes Mycobacterial Phosphatidyl-Inositol Mannosides to Promote a Th1 Response during Infection. Immunity. 2016 12 20; 45(6):1245-1257. PMID: 27887882.
      Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    27. Nakayama H, Kurihara H, Morita YS, Kinoshita T, Mauri L, Prinetti A, Sonnino S, Yokoyama N, Ogawa H, Takamori K, Iwabuchi K. Lipoarabinomannan binding to lactosylceramide in lipid rafts is essential for the phagocytosis of mycobacteria by human neutrophils. Sci Signal. 2016 10 11; 9(449):ra101. PMID: 27729551.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    28. Hayashi JM, Luo CY, Mayfield JA, Hsu T, Fukuda T, Walfield AL, Giffen SR, Leszyk JD, Baer CE, Bennion OT, Madduri A, Shaffer SA, Aldridge BB, Sassetti CM, Sandler SJ, Kinoshita T, Moody DB, Morita YS. Spatially distinct and metabolically active membrane domain in mycobacteria. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 May 10; 113(19):5400-5. PMID: 27114527.
      Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    29. Stokes MJ, Murakami Y, Maeda Y, Kinoshita T, Morita YS. New insights into the functions of PIGF, a protein involved in the ethanolamine phosphate transfer steps of glycosylphosphatidylinositol biosynthesis. Biochem J. 2014 Oct 15; 463(2):249-56. PMID: 25074286.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    30. Fukuda T, Matsumura T, Ato M, Hamasaki M, Nishiuchi Y, Murakami Y, Maeda Y, Yoshimori T, Matsumoto S, Kobayashi K, Kinoshita T, Morita YS. Critical roles for lipomannan and lipoarabinomannan in cell wall integrity of mycobacteria and pathogenesis of tuberculosis. mBio. 2013 Feb 19; 4(1):e00472-12. PMID: 23422411.
      Citations: 56     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    31. Nakatani F, Morita YS, Ashida H, Nagamune K, Maeda Y, Kinoshita T. Identification of a second catalytically active trans-sialidase in Trypanosoma brucei. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2011 Nov 18; 415(2):421-5. PMID: 22040733.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    32. Morita YS, Fukuda T, Sena CB, Yamaryo-Botte Y, McConville MJ, Kinoshita T. Inositol lipid metabolism in mycobacteria: biosynthesis and regulatory mechanisms. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2011 Jun; 1810(6):630-41. PMID: 21477636.
      Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    33. Morita YS, Yamaryo-Botte Y, Miyanagi K, Callaghan JM, Patterson JH, Crellin PK, Coppel RL, Billman-Jacobe H, Kinoshita T, McConville MJ. Stress-induced synthesis of phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate in mycobacteria. J Biol Chem. 2010 May 28; 285(22):16643-50. PMID: 20364020.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    34. Sena CB, Fukuda T, Miyanagi K, Matsumoto S, Kobayashi K, Murakami Y, Maeda Y, Kinoshita T, Morita YS. Controlled expression of branch-forming mannosyltransferase is critical for mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan biosynthesis. J Biol Chem. 2010 Apr 30; 285(18):13326-36. PMID: 20215111.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    35. Ishikawa E, Ishikawa T, Morita YS, Toyonaga K, Yamada H, Takeuchi O, Kinoshita T, Akira S, Yoshikai Y, Yamasaki S. Direct recognition of the mycobacterial glycolipid, trehalose dimycolate, by C-type lectin Mincle. J Exp Med. 2009 Dec 21; 206(13):2879-88. PMID: 20008526.
      Citations: 333     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    36. Crellin PK, Kovacevic S, Martin KL, Brammananth R, Morita YS, Billman-Jacobe H, McConville MJ, Coppel RL. Mutations in pimE restore lipoarabinomannan synthesis and growth in a Mycobacterium smegmatis lpqW mutant. J Bacteriol. 2008 May; 190(10):3690-9. PMID: 18344361.
      Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    37. Morita YS, Sena CB, Waller RF, Kurokawa K, Sernee MF, Nakatani F, Haites RE, Billman-Jacobe H, McConville MJ, Maeda Y, Kinoshita T. PimE is a polyprenol-phosphate-mannose-dependent mannosyltransferase that transfers the fifth mannose of phosphatidylinositol mannoside in mycobacteria. J Biol Chem. 2006 Sep 01; 281(35):25143-55. PMID: 16803893.
      Citations: 55     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    38. Hong Y, Nagamune K, Morita YS, Nakatani F, Ashida H, Maeda Y, Kinoshita T. Removal or maintenance of inositol-linked acyl chain in glycosylphosphatidylinositol is critical in trypanosome life cycle. J Biol Chem. 2006 Apr 28; 281(17):11595-602. PMID: 16510441.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    39. Kovacevic S, Anderson D, Morita YS, Patterson J, Haites R, McMillan BN, Coppel R, McConville MJ, Billman-Jacobe H. Identification of a novel protein with a role in lipoarabinomannan biosynthesis in mycobacteria. J Biol Chem. 2006 Apr 07; 281(14):9011-7. PMID: 16455649.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    40. Hong Y, Nagamune K, Ohishi K, Morita YS, Ashida H, Maeda Y, Kinoshita T. TbGPI16 is an essential component of GPI transamidase in Trypanosoma brucei. FEBS Lett. 2006 Jan 23; 580(2):603-6. PMID: 16405969.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    41. Morita YS, Velasquez R, Taig E, Waller RF, Patterson JH, Tull D, Williams SJ, Billman-Jacobe H, McConville MJ. Compartmentalization of lipid biosynthesis in mycobacteria. J Biol Chem. 2005 Jun 03; 280(22):21645-52. PMID: 15805104.
      Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    42. Haites RE, Morita YS, McConville MJ, Billman-Jacobe H. Function of phosphatidylinositol in mycobacteria. J Biol Chem. 2005 Mar 25; 280(12):10981-7. PMID: 15634688.
      Citations: 30     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    43. Kang JY, Hong Y, Ashida H, Shishioh N, Murakami Y, Morita YS, Maeda Y, Kinoshita T. PIG-V involved in transferring the second mannose in glycosylphosphatidylinositol. J Biol Chem. 2005 Mar 11; 280(10):9489-97. PMID: 15623507.
      Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    44. Morita YS, Patterson JH, Billman-Jacobe H, McConville MJ. Biosynthesis of mycobacterial phosphatidylinositol mannosides. Biochem J. 2004 Mar 01; 378(Pt 2):589-97. PMID: 14627436.
      Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Cells
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