Xu Jian


PI-portraits-xu-jian2My research interests lie in the understanding of how a multicellular organism can grow and develop from a single cell and how the appropriate cell types are specified in the right place in an organism. I aim to gain a deep insight into the basic principles of cell polarity and pattern formation during plant development, using root systems of two model plants: the eudicot plant Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) and the monocot crop Oryza sativa (Rice).

Research Projects

  • Environmental and developmental regulation of root architecture in plants
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of regeneration in plants
  • Polar auxin transport and pattern formation in plants
Xu Jian’s lab

Selected Publications

Wang, L.K., Chu, H.W., Li, Z.Y., Wang, J., Li, J.T., Qiao, Y., Fu, Y.R., Mou, T.M., Chen, C.L. and Xu, J.(2014) Origin and development of the root cap in rice. Plant Physiol 10.1104/pp.114.240929.

Ghosh, D. and Xu, J. (2014) Abiotic stress responses in plant roots: a proteomics perspective. Front Plant Sci 10.3389/fpls.2014.00006.

Guo, J.Z., Wei, J., Xu, J. and Sun, M.X. (2014) Inducible knock-down of GNOM during root formation reveals tissue-specific response to auxin transport and its modulation of local auxin biosynthesis. J Exp Bot 65, 1165-1179.

Chu, H.W., Liang, W.Q., Li, J., Hong, F., Wu, Y.F., Wang, L.K., Wang, J., Wu, P., Liu, C.M., Zhang, Q.F.,Xu, J. and Zhang, D.B. (2013) A CLE-WOX signaling module regulates root meristem maintenance and vascular tissue development in rice. J Exp Bot 64, 5359-5369.

Hong, J.H., Seah, S.W. and Xu, J. (2013) The root of ABA action in environmental stress response. Plant Cell Rep 32, 971-983.
Sassi, M., Wang, J., Ruberti, I., Vernoux, T. and Xu, J. (2013) Shedding light on auxin movement: light-regulation of polar auxin transport in the photocontrol of plant development. Plant Signal Behav 8, e23355.

Sassi, M., Lu, Y., Zhang, Y.H., Wang, J., Dhonukshe, P., Blilou, I., Dai, M.Q., Li, J., Gong, X.M., Jaillais, Y., Yu, X.H., Traas, J., Ruberti, I., Wang, H.Y., Scheres, B., Vernoux, T. and Xu, J. (2012) COP1 mediates the coordination of root and shoot growth by light through modulation of PIN1 and PIN2-dependent auxin transport in Arabidopsis. Development (Accepted).

Dai, M.Q., Zhang, C., Kania, U., Chen, F., Xue, Q., Mccray, T., Li, G., Qin, G.J., Wakeley, M., Terzaghi, W., Wan, J.M., Zhao, Y.D., Xu, J., Friml, J., Deng, X.W. and Wang, H.Y. (2012) A PP6-type phosphatase holoenzyme directly regulates PIN phosphorylation and auxin efflux in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell tpc.112.098905.

Cruz-Ramírez, A., Díaz-Triviño, S., Blilou, I., Grieneisen, V.A., Sozzani, R., Zamioudis, C., Miskolczi, P., Nieuwland, J., Benjamins, R., Dohnukse, P., Caballero-Pérez, J., Horvath, B., Long, Y.C., Mähonën, A.P., Zhang, H.T., Xu, J., Murray, J.A.H., Benfey, P.N., Bako, L., Marée, A.F.M., and Scheres, B. (2012) An bistable flip-flop circuit involving SCARECROW-RETINOBLASTOMA interaction selects cells for asymmetric stem cell division in Arabidopsis. Cell (Accepted).

Li, J., Chu, H.W., Zhang, Y.H., Mou, T.M., Wu, C.Y., Zhang, Q.F. and Xu, J. (2012) HGW encodes a ubiquitin-associated (UBA) domain protein regulating heading date and grain weight in rice. PLoS ONE 7, e34231.

Zhou, X. J., Li, Q., Chen, X., Liu, J. P., Zhang, Q. H., Liu, Y. J., Liu, K. D. and Xu. J. (2011) The Arabidopsis RETARDED ROOT GROWTH gene encodes a mitochondria-localized protein that is required for cell division in the root meristem. Plant Physiol 157, 1793-1804.

Zhou, W., Wei, L., Xu, J., Zhai, Q., Jiang, H., Chen, R., Chen, Q., Sun, J., Chu, J., Zhu, L., Liu, C.M., Li, C. (2010) Arabidopsis Tyrosylprotein Sulfotransferase Acts in the Auxin/PLETHORA Pathway in Regulating Postembryonic Maintenance of the Root Stem Cell Niche. Plant Cell. 10.1105/tpc.110.075721

Dhonukshe, P., Huangm F., Galvan-Ampudia, C.S., Mähönen, A.P., Kleine-Vehn, J., Xu, J., Quint, A., Prasad, K., Friml, J., Scheres, B. and Offringa, R. (2010) Plasma membrane-bound AGC3 kinases phosphorylate PIN auxin carriers at TPRXS(N/S) motifs to direct apical PIN recycling. Development. 137, 3245-3255.