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Liu, Hongtao
Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology

Research Focus
Professor Liu and her laboratory are using Arabidopsis and maize as the model plant and focusing on the mechanism of light regulated transcription, light regulated development and also the crosstalk between light signal and other environment signals. They are working on the biochemical mechanism of light regulated proteolysis, the molecular mechanism of light regulated transcription and circadian clock regulated transcription, the mechanism of light regulated axillary branch and the crosstalk between light and temperature signals.

Professor Hongtao Liu obtained her bachelor degree in Biology from Hebei Normal University in 1998, master degree in Cell Biology from Hebei Normal University in 2001, and Ph.D degree in Molecular Cell Biology from Hebei Normal University in 2005. Between 2005 and 2011, she joined University of California, Los Angeles, as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2011, she came back to China and started her own lab in Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences (SIBS), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Selected Publications

1. Zhang TQ, Lian H, Tang H, Dolezal K, Zhou CM, Yu S, Chen JH, Chen Q, Liu H, Ljung K, and Wang JW*. (2015). An intrinsic microRNA timer regulates progressive decline in shoot regenerative capacity in plants. Plant Cell. In press. 


2. Liu Y, Li X, Li K, Liu H*, Lin C (2013) Multiple bHLH proteins form heterodimers to mediate CRY2-dependent regulation of flowering-time in Arabidopsis, Plos Genetics 9(10): e1003861 


3. Liu H*, Wang Q, Liu Y, Zhao X, Lin C* (2013) The Arabidopsis photoreceptors CRY2 and ZTL mediate blue-light regulation of the transcription factor CIB1 by distinct mechanisms. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 4317582-17587 


4. Tan S, Dai C, Liu H, and Xue H*. Arabidopsis Casein Kinase1 Proteins CK1.3 and CK1.4 Phosphorylate Cryptochrome2 to Regulate Blue Light Signaling. Plant Cell 2013 25: 2618-2632. 


5. Liu H*, Gomez G, Lin S, Lin S, Lin C (2012) Optogenetic control of transcription in zebrafish. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e50738. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050738. Epub 2012 Nov 30     


6. Li X, Wang Q, Yu X, Liu H, Yang H et al (2011) Arabidopsis cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) functions by the photoactivation mechanism distinct from the tryptophan (trp) triad-dependent photoreduction. PNAS 108(51):20844-20849. 


7. Liu H, Liu B. Zhao C, Pepper M and Lin C (2011). The action mechanisms of plant cryptochromes, Trends in Plant Sciences,16:684-691.    


8. Lu S#, Liu H#, Knowles S, Li J, Ma L, Tobin E, Lin C. (2011). A role for protein kinase CK2 alpha subunits in the Arabidopsis circadian clock.  (co-first author) Plant Physiology 157: 1537-1545 


9. Zuo Z#, Liu H#, Liu B#, Liu X, Lin C.(2011) Blue Light-Dependent Interaction of CRY2 with SPA1 Regulates COP1 activity and Floral Initiation in Arabidopsis. (co-first author) Current Biology 21:841-847 


10. Liu B, Zuo Z, Liu H, Lin C. (2011). Arabidopsis cryptochrome 1 interacts with SPA1 to suppress COP1 activity in response to blue light. Gene & Development 25:1004-1009  


11. Liu B, Liu H, Zhong D, and Lin C. (2010). Searching for a photocycle of the Cryptochrome photoreceptors. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 13:1-9 


12. Liu H, Yu X, Li K, Klejnot J, Yang H, Lisiero D, Lin C. (2008). Photoexcited CRY2 interacts with CIB1 to regulate transcription and floral initiation in Arabidopsis. Science 322:1535-1539. 


13. Liu HT, Gao F, Li GL, Han JL, Liu DL, Sun DY, Zhou RG. (2008). The calmodulin-binding protein kinase 3 is part of heat-shock signal transduction in Arabidopsis thaliana. The Plant Journal 55(5):760-73.     


14. Liu HT, Li GL, Chang H, Sun DY, Zhou RG, Li B. (2007). Calmodulin-binding protein phosphatase PP7 is involved in thermotolerance in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell & Enviroment 30(2):156-64. 


15. Liu HT, Gao F, Sun DY, Zhou RG. (2006). Primary evidence for involvement of IP3 in heat-shock signal transduction in Arabidopsis. Cell Research 16(4):394-400 


16. Liu HT, Sun DY, Zhou RG. (2005). Ca2+ and AtCaM3 are Involved in the Expression of Heat Shock Protein Gene in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell & Environment 28:1276-1284.  


17. Li B, Liu HTSun DY, Zhou RG. (2004). Ca2+ and Calmodulin modulate DNA-binding activity of maize heat shock transcription factor in vitro. Plant Cell Physiology 45(5): 627-634.  


18. Liu HTLi B, Shang ZL, Mu RL Sun DY, Zhou RG. (2003). Calmodulin is involved in heat shock signal transduction in wheat. Plant Physiology 132(7): 1186-1195.      


19. Liu HT, Zhao H, Li B, Sun DY, Zhou RG. (2001) Involvement of Calcium-calmodulin in the Expression of hsp26 Genes in Wheat. Acta Botanica Sinica 43: 766-768 (in Chinese)  


20. Liu HT, Li B, Zhou RG. (2001). Calcium-calmodulin Signal Transduction Pathway and Environment Stimulation, Chinese bulletin of Botany 18(5): 554-559(in Chinese).     

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