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Recent publications:
Koganebuchi, K., Haneji, K., Toma, T., Joh, K., Soejima, H., Fujimoto, K., Ishida, H., Ogawa, M., Hanihara, T., Harada, S., Kawamura, S. and Oota, H. (2017 Mar). The allele frequency of ALDH2*Glu504Lys and ADH1B*Arg47His for the Ryukyu islanders and their history of expansion among East Asians. American Journal of Human Biology, 29 (2): e22933.

Melin, A. D., Khetpal, V., Matsushita, Y., Zhou, K., Campos, F. A., Welker, B. and Kawamura, S. (2017 Mar). Howler monkey foraging ecology suggests convergent evolution of routine trichromacy as an adaptation for folivory. Ecology and Evolution, 7 (5): 1421-1434. Journal Cover Image

Kalbitzer, U., Bergstrom, M. L., Carnegie, S. D., Wikberg, E. C., Kawamura, S., Campos, F. A., Jack, K. M. and Fedigan, L. M. (2017 Feb 6). Female sociality and sexual conflict shape offspring survival in a Neotropical primate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (8): 1892-1897. New Scientist 6 Feb 2017, PHYS ORG 7 Feb 2017

Wikberg, E. C., Jack, K. M., Fedigan, L. M., Campos, F. A., Yashima, A. S., Bergstrom, M. L., Hiwatashi, T., Kawamura, S. (2017 Jan). Inbreeding avoidance and female mate choice shape reproductive skew in capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus imitator). Molecular Ecology, 26 (2): 653-667. Journal Cover Image

Tsutsui, K., Otoh, M., Sakurai, K., Suzuki-Hashido, N., Hayakawa, T., Misaka, T., Ishimaru, Y., Aurel, F., Melin, A. D., Kawamura, S. and Imai, H. (2016 Oct 12). Variation in ligand responses of the bitter taste receptors TAS2R1 and TAS2R4 among New World monkeys. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16: 208. Video

Katsumura, T., Fukuyo, Y., Kawamura, S. and Oota, H. (2016 Sep 28). A comparative study on the regulatory region of the PERIOD1 gene among diurnal/nocturnal primates. Journal of Physiological Anthropology, 35: 21. Equally contributed.

Kawamura, S., Kasagi, S., Kasai, D., Tezuka, A., Shoji, A., Takahashi, A., Imai, H. and Kawata, M. (2016 Oct). Spectral sensitivity of guppy visual pigments reconstituted in vitro to resolve association of opsins with cone cell types. Vision Research, 127: 67-73.

Kawamura, S. (2016 Sep). Color vision diversity and significance in primates inferred from genetic and field studies. Genes & Genomics, 38 (9): 779-791.

Sargeant, E. J., Wikberg, E. C., Kawamura, S., Jack, K. M. and Fedigan, L. M. (2016 Jun). Paternal kin recognition and infant care in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). American Journal of Primatology, 78 (6): 659-668.

Sakai, Y., Ohtsuki, H., Kasagi, S., Kawamura, S. and Kawata, M. (2016 May 18). Effects of light environment during growth on the expression of cone opsin genes and behavioral spectral sensitivities in guppies (Poecilia reticulata). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16: 106.

Melin, A. D., Wells, K., Moritz, G. L., Kistler, L., Orkin, J. D., Timm,R. M., Bernard, H., Lakim, M. B., Perry, G. H., Kawamura, S. and Dominy,N. J. (2016 Apr). Euarchontan opsin variation brings new focus to primate origins. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (4): 1029-1041.

Tsujimura, T., Masuda, R., Ashino, R. and Kawamura, S. (2015 Nov 4). Spatially differentiated expression of quadruplicated green-sensitive RH2 opsin genes in zebrafish is determined by proximal regulatory regions and gene order to the locus control region. BMC Genetics, 16: 130.

Sargeant, E. J., Wikberg, E. C., Kawamura, S. and Fedigan, L. M. (2015 Aug 25). Allonursing in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) provides evidence for cooperative care of infants. Behaviour, 152 (12-13): 1841-1869.

Mitchell, D. M., Stevens, C. B., Frey, R. A., Hunter, S. S., Ashino, R., Kawamura, S. and Stenkamp, D. L. (2015 Aug). Retinoic acid signaling regulates differential expression of the tandemly-duplicated long wavelength-sensitive cone opsin genes in zebrafish. PLoS Genetics, 11 (8): e1005483.

Nakagome, S., Sato, T., Ishida, H., Hanihara, T., Yamaguchi, T., Kimura, R., *Mano, S., *Oota, H., Omoto, K., Tokunaga, K., Saitou, N., Kawamura, S., Tanabe, H., Umetsu, K., Tajima, A., Osada, N., Yamamoto, T., Ohashi, J., Suto, Y., Nishida, N., Sakate, R. and Sawai, H. (2015 Jun). Model-based verification of hypotheses on the origin of modern Japanese revisited by Bayesian inference based on genome-wide SNP data. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32 (6): 1533-1543.

Kasagi, S., Mizusawa, K., Murakami, N., Andoh, T., Furufuji, S., Kawamura, S. and Takahashi, A. (2015 Feb 10). Molecular and functional characterization of opsins in barfin flounder (Verasper moseri). Gene, 556 (2): 182-191.

Katsumura, T., Oda, S., Nakagome, S., Hanihara, T., Kataoka, H., Mitani, H., Kawamura, S. and Oota, H. (2014 Dec 22). Natural allelic variations of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes pleiotropically affect sexual dimorphism in Oryzias latipes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281 (1797): 20142259.

Schoof, V. A. M., Wikberg, E. C., Jack, K. M., Fedigan, L. M., Ziegler, T. E. and Kawamura, S. (2014 Dec). Infanticides during periods of social stability: kinship, resumption of ovarian cycling, and mating access in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). Neotropical Primates, 21 (2): 192-196.

Tezuka, A., Kasagi, S., van Oosterhout, C., McMullan, M., Iwasaki, W. M., Kasai,D., Yamamichi, M., Innan, H., Kawamura, S. and Kawata, M. (2014 Nov). Divergent selection for opsin gene variation in guppy (Poecilia reticulata) populations of Trinidad and Tobago. Heredity, 113 (5): 381-389.

Wikberg, E. V., Jack, K. M., Campos, F. A., Fedigan, L. M., Sato, A., Bergstrom, M. L., Hiwatashi, T. and Kawamura, S. (2014 Oct). The effect of male parallel dispersal on the kin composition of groups in white-faced capuchins. Animal Behaviour, 96: 9-17.

Takezawa, Y., Kato, K., Oota. H., Caulfield, T., Fujimoto, A., Honda, F., Kamatani, N., Kawamura, S., Kawashima, K., Kimura, R., Matsumae, H., Saito, A., Savage, P. E., Seguchi, N., Shimizu, K., Terao, S., Yamaguchi-Kabata, Y., Yasukouchi, A., Yoneda, M. and Tokunaga, K. (2014 Apr 23). Correspondence: Human genetic research, race, ethnicity and the labeling of populations: recommendations based on an interdisciplinary workshop in Japan. BMC Medical Ethics, 15: 33.

Matsumoto, Y., Hiramatsu, C., Matsushita, Y., Ozawa, N., Ashino, R., Nakata, M., Kasagi, S., Di Fiore, A. Schaffner, C. M., Aureli, F., Melin, A. D. and Kawamura, S. (2014 Apr). Evolutionary renovation of L/M opsin polymorphism confers a fruit discrimination advantage to ateline New World monkeys. Molecular Ecology, 23 (7): 1799-1812.

Matsushita, Y., Oota, H., Welker, B. J., Pavelka, M. S. and Kawamura, S. (2014 Feb). Color vision variation as evidenced by hybrid L/M opsin genes in wild populations of trichromatic Alouatta New World monkeys. International Journal of Primatology, 35 (1): 71-87.

Melin, A. D., Hiramatsu, C., Parr, N. A., Matsushita, Y., Kawamura, S. and Fedigan, L. M. (2014 Feb). The behavioral ecology of color vision: considering fruit conspicuity, detection distance and dietary importance. International Journal of Primatology, 35 (1): 258-287.

Fedigan, L. M., Melin, A. D., Addicott, J. F. and Kawamura, S. (2014 Jan 3). The heterozygote superiority hypothesis for polymorphic color vision is not supported by long-term fitness data from wild Neotropical monkeys. PLoS One, 9 (1): e84872.

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A spider monkey foraging red fruits under the green-leaf background
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A transgenic zebrafish expressing GFP in UV cones in the retina
Developmental Biology 10th edition Figure 2.8

Shoji Kawamura Lab
Department of Integrated Biosciences
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
University of Tokyo

Laboratory founded in April 1999

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