Makoto Kitamura

Makoto Kitamura

Makoto Kitamura, Dr.


Natural Products Chemistry

Work Experience

Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) – Wilhelmshaven, Germany

  • 2012 Sep. – 2014 Jun.: Postdoctoral Fellow (Supervisor: Prof. Peter Schupp)

Marine Laboratory, University of Guam - Guam, USA

  • 2011 Jun. – 2012 Aug.: Research Associate (Director: Dr. Laurie Raymundo)

Center for Integrated Medical Research, School of Medicine, Keio University – Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan, Department of Bioscience and Informatics, Keio University – Kouhoku, Kanagawa, Japan

  • 2009 Apr. – 2011 Mar.: Research Associate (Supervisor: Dr. Kazuya Kobayashi)

Department of Bioscience and Informatics, Keio University - Kouhoku, Yokohama, Japan - Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University - Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

  • 2006 Jun. –2009 Mar.: Postdoctoral Fellow (Supervisor: Prof. Daisuke Uemura) 

Water Quality Laboratory technology Department, Construction Services in Kinki Region Public Association – Fushimi, Kyoto, Japan

  • 1995 Apr. – 2001 Dec.: Research Scientist (Director: Mr. Tatsuo Kitamura)

Regional Inspection of Environment and Waters – Varna, Bulgaria

  • 1997 Dec. – 1999 Dec.: Research Scientist, Volunteer (Supervisor: Mrs. Bangieva)



  • Comprehensive natural products chemistry, 2nd edition: Pheromones of marine invertebrates and algae. M. Kita, M. Kitamura, and D. Uemura, Vol. 4, Ed. K. Mori, Elsevier, Amsterdam (2010)


  • Relative configuration of luminaolide. N. Maru, T. Inuzuka, K. Yamamoto, M. Kitamura, P.J. Schupp, K. Yamada, D. Uemura, Tetrahedron Lett., 54, 4385-4387 (2013)
  • Symbiopolyol, a VCAM-1 inhibitor from a symbiotic dinoflagellate of the jellyfish Mastigias papua. N. Hanif, O. Ohno, M. Kitamura, K. Yamada, and D. Uemura, J. Nat. Prod., 73, 1318–1322 (2010)
  • Neocomplanines A and B, a complanine family isolated from the marine fireworm. K. Nakamura, Y. Tachikawa, O. Ohno, M. Kitamura, M. Suganuma, and D. Uemura, J. Nat. Prod., 73, 303-305 (2010)
  • Luminaolide, a novel metamorphosis-enhancing macrodiolide for scleractinian coral larvae from the crustose coralline algae. M. Kitamura, P.J. Schupp, Y. Nakano, and D. Uemura, Tetrahedron Lett., 50, 6606-6609 (2009) 
  • Regulation of sperm flagellar motility activation and chemotaxis caused by egg-derived substance(s) in sea cucumber. M. Morita, M. Kitamura, A. Nakajima, E. S. Susilo, A. Takemura, and M. Okuno, Cell Motil. Cyt., 66, 202-214. (2009)
  • Complanine, an inflammation-inducing substance isolated from the marine fireworm Eurythoe complanata. K. Nakamura, Y. Tachikawa, M. Kitamura, O. Ohno, M. Suganuma, and D. Uemura, Org. Biomol. Chem., 6, 2058-2060 (2008) 
  • Symbiodinolide, a novel polyol macrolide that activates N-type Ca2+ channel from the symbiotic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium sp.. M. Kita, N. Ohishi, K. Konishi, M. Kondo, T. Koyama, M. Kitamura, K. Yamada, and D. Uemura, Tetrahedron, 63, 6241-6251 (2007) 
  • Characterization of a natural inducer of coral larval metamorphosis. M. Kitamura, T. Koyama, Y. Nakano, and D. Uemura, J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol., 340, 96-102 (2007)
  • Feeding attractants for the muricid gastropod Drupella cornus, a coral predator. M. Kita, M. Kitamura, T. Koyama, T. Teruya, H. Matsumoto, Y. Nakano, and D. Uemura, Tetrahedron Lett., 46, 8583-8585 (2005)
  • Corallinafuran and Corallinaether, novel toxic compounds from crustose coralline red algae. M. Kitamura, T. Koyama, Y. Nakano, and D. Uemura, Chem. Lett., 34, 1272-1273 (2005)

 Review & Tutorial Papers 

  • Recent aspects of chemical ecology, natural toxins, coral communities, and symbiotic relationships. D. Uemura, M. Kita, H. Arimoto, and M. Kitamura, Pure Appl. Chem., 81, 1093-1111 (2009)
  • Biologically active marine natural products. K. Nakamura, M. Kitamura, and D. Uemura, Heterocycles, 78, 1-17 (2009)
  • Metamorphosis-inducing substance of reef-building coral. M. Kitamura, Kagaku To Seibutsu, 46, 226-228 (2008) [in Japanese]
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