Publications (Since 2001)

Original papers:

    1. Sasaki, Y.*#, Gross, C.#, Xing, L., Goshima, Y., and Bassell G. J*.  Identification of axon-enriched MicroRNAs localized to growth cones of cortical neurons.  Dev. Neurobiol., 74: 397-406 (2014). (*co-corresponding authors, #equal contribution) [PubMed]

    2. Yamashita, N., Usui, H., Nakamura, F., Chen, S., Sasaki, Y., Hida, T., Suto, F., Taniguchi, M., Takei K., Goshima, Y.  Plexin-A4-dependent retrograde semaphorin 3A signalling regulates the dendritic localization of GluA2-containing AMPA receptors.  Nat. Commun. 5: 3424 (2014). [PubMed]

    3. Iketani, M., Iizuka, A., Sengoku, K., Kurihara, Y., Nakamura, F., Sasaki, Y., Sato, Y., Yamane, M., Matsushita, M., Nairn, A. C., Takamatsu, K., Goshima, Y., and Takei K.  Regulation of neurite outgrowth mediated by localized phosphorylation of protein translational factor eEF2 in growth cones.  Dev. Neurobiol. 73: 230-246 (2013). [PubMed]

    4. Hida, T., Yamashita, N., Usui, H., Nakamura, F., Sasaki, Y., Kikuchi, A., and Goshima, Y.  GSK3β/Axin-1/β-catenin complex is involved in Semaphorin3A Signaling.  J. Neurosci, 32: 11905-11918. (2012). [PubMed]

    5. Han, L., Wen, Z., Lynn, R. C., Baudet, M. L., Holt, C. E., Sasaki, Y., Bassell, G. J., and Zheng, J. Q.  Regulation of chemotropic guidance of nerve growth cones by microRNA.  Mol. Brain, 4:40 (2011). [PubMed]

    6. Yamashita, N., Mosinger, B., Roy, A., Miyazaki, M., Ugajin, K., Nakamura, F., Sasaki, Y., Yamaguchi, K., Kolattukudy, P., and Goshima, Y.  CRMP5 (Collapsin Response Mediator Protein 5) Regulates Dendritic Development and Synaptic Plasticity in the Cerebellar Purkinje Cells.  J. Neurosci, 31: 1773-1779 (2011). [PubMed]

    7. Sasaki, Y., Welshhans, K., Wen, Z., Yao, J., Xu, M., Goshima, Y., Zheng, J. Q., and Bassell, G. J.  Phosphorylation of zipcode binding protein is required for BDNF signaling of local β-actin synthesis and growth cone turning.  J. Neurosci, 30: 9349-9358 (2010). (Selected in “This Week in The Journal”.) [PubMed]

    8. Li, C., Bassell, G. J.*, and Sasaki, Y.*  Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein is involved in protein synthesis-dependent collapse of growth cones induced by Semaphorin-3A.  Front. Neural Circuits, 3:11 (2009).  (*co-corresponding authors) [PubMed]

    9. Uchida, Y., Ohshima, T., Yamashita, N., Ogawara, M., Sasaki, Y., Nakamura, F., and Goshima, Y.  Semaphorin3A signaling mediated by Fyn-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation of collapsin response mediator protein 2 at tyrosine 32.  J. Biol. Chem. 284: 27393-27401 (2009). [PubMed]

    10. Santangelo, P. J., Lifland A. W., Curt, P., Sasaki, Y., Bassell, G. J., Lindquist, M. E., and Crowe Jr, J. E.  Single molecule–sensitive probes for imaging RNA in live cells.  Nat. Methods, 6: 347-349 (2009). [PubMed]

    11. Willis, D. E, van Niekerk, E. A., Sasaki, Y., Mesngon, M., Merianda, T. T. , Williams, G. G., Kendall, M., Smith, D. S., Bassell, G. J. , and Twiss, J. L.  Extracellular stimuli specifically regulate localized levels of individual neuronal mRNAs.  J. Cell. Biol. 178: 965-980 (2007). [PubMed]

    12. Yao, J., Sasaki, Y., Wen, Z., Bassell, G., J., and Zheng, J., Q.  An essential role for beta-actin mRNA localization and translation in Ca2+-dependent growth cone guidance.  Nat. Neurosci. 9: 1265-1273 (2006). [PubMed]

    13. Morita, A., Yamashita, N., Sasaki, Y., Uchida, Y., Nakajima, O., Nakamura, F., Yagi, Y., Taniguchi, M., Usui, H., Katoh-Semba, R., Takei, K., and Goshima, Y.  Regulation of Dendritic Branching and Spine Maturation by Semaphorin3A-Fyn Signaling.  J. Neurosci. 26: 2971-2980 (2006). [PubMed]

    14. Saito-Shibakawa, Y., Sasaki, Y., Goshima, Y., Echigo, N., Kamiya, Y., Kurahashi, K., Yamada, Y., and Andoh, T.  Effects of ketamine and propofol on inflammatory responses of primary glial cell cultures stimulated with lipopolysaccharide.  Br. J. Anaesth. 95:803-810 (2005). [PubMed]

    15. Uchida, Y., Ohshima, T., Sasaki, Y., Suzuki, H., Yanai, S., Yamashita, N., Nakamura, F., Takei, K., Ihara, Y., Mikoshiba, K., Kolattukudy, P., Honnorat J., and Goshima, Y.  Semaphorin-3A signaling is mediated via sequential Cdk5 and GSK3b phosphorylation of CRMP2: implication of common phosphorylating mechanism underlying axon guidance and Alzheimer’s disease.  Genes Cells, 10: 165-179 (2005). [PubMed]

    16. Li, C., Sasaki, Y., Takei, K., Yamamoto, H., Shouji, M., Sugiyama, Y., Kawakami, T., Nakamura, F., Yagi, T., Ohshima, T., and Goshima, Y.  Correlation between semaphorin3A-induced facilitation of axonal transport and local activation of a translation initiation factor eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E.  J. Neurosci. 24: 6161-6170 (2004). [PubMed]

    17. Cheng, Q., Sasaki, Y., Shoji, M., Sugiyama, Y., Tanaka, H., Nakayama, T., Mizuki, N., Nakamura, F., Takei, K., and Goshima, Y.  Cdk5/p35 and Rho-kinase mediate ephrin-A5-induced signaling in retinal ganglion cells.  Mol. Cell. Neurosci. 24: 632-645 (2003). [PubMed]

    18. Endo, M., Ohashi, K., Sasaki, Y., Goshima, Y., Niwa, R., Uemura, T., and Mizuno, K.  Control of Growth Cone Motility and Morphology by LIM-kinase and Slingshot via Phosphorylation and Dephosphorylation of Cofilin.  J. Neurosci. 23: 2527-2537 (2003). [PubMed]

    19. Sasaki, Y*., Cheng, C., Uchida, Y., Nakajima, O., Ohshima, T., Yagi, T., Taniguchi, M., Nakayama, T., Kishida, R., Kudo, Y., Ohno, S., Nakamura, F., and Goshima, Y*.  Fyn and Cdk5 mediate semaphorin-3A signaling, which is involved in regulation of dendrite orientation in cerebral cortex.   Neuron 35: 907-920 (2002). (*co-corresponding author) [PubMed] [Faculty of 1000]

    20. Yamanashi, K., Miyamae, T., Sasaki, Y., Maeda, M., Hirano, H., Misu, Y., and Goshima, Y.  Involvement of nitric oxide production via kynurenic acid-sensitive glutamate receptors in DOPA-induced depressor responses in the nucleus tractus solitarii of anesthetized rats.  Neurosci. Res., 43: 231-238 (2002). [PubMed]

    21. Aizawa, H., Wakatsuki, S., Ishii, A., Moriyama, K., Sasaki, Y., Ohashi, K., Sekine-Aizawa, Y., Sehara-Fujisawa, A., Mizuno, K., Goshima, Y., and Yahara, I.  Phosphorylation of cofilin by LIM-kinase is necessary for semaphorin 3A-induced growth cone collapse.  Nat. Neurosci, 4: 367-373 (2001). [PubMed]

    22. Arai, N., Furukawa, N., Miyamae, T., Goshima, Y., Sasaki, Y., Ohshima, E., Suzuki, F., Fujita, K., and Misu, Y.  DOPA cyclohexyl ester, a competitive DOPA antagonist, protects glutamate release and resultant delayed neuron death by transient ischemia in hippocampus CA1 of concious rats.  Neurosci. Lett., 299: 213-216 (2001). [PubMed]

    23. Sugaya, Y., Sasaki, Y., Goshima, Y., Kitahama, K., Kusakabe, T., Miyamae, T., Kato, T., and Misu, Y.  Autoradiographic studies using L-[14C] and [3H]DOPA reveal regional Na+-dependent uptake of the neurotransmitter candidate L-DOPA in the central nervous system.  Neuroscience, 104: 1-14 (2001). [PubMed]


  1. Goshima, Y., Sasaki, Y., Yamashita, N., and Nakamura, F.  Class 3 semaphorins as a therapeutic target.  Expert Opin. Ther. Targets. 16: 933-944 (2012). [PubMed]

  2. Goshima, Y., Ito, T., Sasaki, Y. and Nakamura, F.  Semaphorins as signals for cell repulsion and invasion.  J. Clin. Invest., 109: 993-998 (2002). [PubMed]


  1. Goshima, Y., Sasaki, Y., Uchida, Y., Yamashita, N., and Nakamura, F.  CRMP family protein: Novel targets for Cdk5 that regulates axon guidance, synapse maturation, and cell migration.  In: Cyclin Dependent Kinase 5 (Cdk5) (Ip, N., Y., and Tsai, L.-H., eds.) pp. 9-24, Springer Science+Business Media, New York (2008). [Springerlink]

  2. Sasaki, Y., Goshima, Y., and Misu, Y.  Active uptake system of L-DOPA in CNS.  In: Neurobiology of DOPA As a Neurotransmitter (Misu, Y., and Goshima, Y., eds.) pp. 35-46, Taylor & Francis (CRC Press), Abingdon (2005). [Amazon]