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Hou Xingliang
   Dean, Molecular Analysis and Genetic Improvement Center
Highest Education  
   South China Botanical Garden, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Xingke Road #723, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510650, China
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Dr. Hou received his B.S. and M.S. from Northeast Agricultural University in 1997 and 2000, respectively, and his Ph.D from Zhejiang University in 2004. After postdoctoral research at National University of Singapore and Temasek Life Science Laboratory from 2006-2011, he joined SCBG as a principal investigator supported by “100 Talents Program of The Chinese Academy of Sciences” in Jan, 2012. 

Research Interest:

Phytohormones and their cross-talks play vital roles during various developmental processes and environmental challenges in plants. It is important to enhance the precise understanding of the mechanisms engaged by phytohormones in modulating plant growth and development. Furthermore, these findings would also provide potential methods for improving crop economical traits.  

Our studies use Arabidopsis and soybean as research materials and focus on the following projects: 

  1.  As an important plant hormone, gibberellins (GAs) control various crucial aspects in plant life cycle including germination, stem elongation, flower development, defense response and stress response. We are interested in revealing the molecular mechanism of GA signaling pathway and finally elucidate how GA functions in plants; Meanwile, we are investigating the molecular mechanism of cross-talks between phytohormones and elucidating their roles in plant development and stress responses.

  2.  We are also interested in investigating the molecular mechanism of plant seed development, maturation, and germination.



Public Services:

Selected Publication:

1.   He Sun, Zhu Qiao, Khi Pin Chua, Alma Tursic, Xu Liu, Yong-Gui Gao, Yuguang Mu, Xingliang Hou, Yansong Miao* (2018) Profilin negatively regulates formin-mediated actin assembly to modulate PAMP-triggered plant immunity. Current Biology pii: S0960-9822(18)30517-7

  2.   Yilong Hu, Limeng Zhou, Mingkun Huang, Xuemei He, Yuhua Yang, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2018) Gibberellins play an essential role in late embryogenesis of Arabidopsis. Nature Plants 4, 289-298 (*Corresponding author)

  3.   Xu Liu, Yuhua Yang, Yilong Hu, Limeng Zhou, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2018) Temporal-Specific Interaction of NF-YC and CURLY LEAF during the Floral Transition Regulates Flowering. Plant Physiology 177, 105-114 (*Corresponding author)

  4.   Xu Liu and Xingliang Hou* (2018) Antagonistic Regulation of ABA and GA in Metabolism and Signaling Pathways. Frontiers in Plant Science 9, 251 (*Corresponding author)

5.   Sijia Lu, Xiaohui Zhao, Yilong Hu, Shulin Liu, Haiyang Nan, Xiaoming Li, Chao Fang, Dong Cao, Xinyi Shi, Lingping Kong, Tong Su, Fengge Zhang, Shichen Li, Zheng Wang, Xiaohui Yuan, Elroy R Cober, James L Weller, Baohui Liu*, Xingliang Hou*, Zhixi Tian*, and Fanjiang Kong* (2017) Natural variation at the soybean J locus improves adaptation to the tropics and enhances yield. Nature Genetics 49,773-779 (*Corresponding author)

  6.   Yang Tang, Xuncheng Liu, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, Keqiang Wu, and Xingliang Hou* (2017) Arabidopsis NF-YCs mediate the light-controlled hypocotyl elongation via modulating histone acetylation. Molecular Plant 10, 260-273 (*Corresponding author)

  7.   Xu Liu, Pengwei Hu, Mingkun Huang, Yang Tang, Yuge Li, Ling Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2016) The NF-YC–RGL2 module integrates GA and ABA signaling to regulate seed germination in Arabidopsis. Nature Communications 7, 12768 (*Corresponding author)

  8.   Lisha Shen, Zhe Liang, Xiaofeng Gu, Ying Chen, Zhi Wei Norman Teo, Xingliang Hou, Weiling Maggie Cai, Peter C. Dedon, Lu Liu, and Hao Yu* (2016) N6-Methyladenosine RNA Modification Regulates Shoot Stem Cell Fate in Arabidopsis. Developmental Cell 38, 186-200

  9.   Mingkun Huang, Yilong Hu, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2015) Arabidopsis LEAFY COTYLEDON1 mediates postembryonic development via interacting with PHYTOCHROME-INTERACTING FACTOR 4. The Plant Cell 27, 3099-3111 (*Corresponding author)

  10.  Mingkun Huang, Yilong Hu, Xu Liu, Yuge Li, and Xingliang Hou* (2015) Arabidopsis LEAFY COTYLEDON1 controls cell fate determination during post-embryonic development. Frontiers in Plant Science 6, 955 (*Corresponding author)

  11.  Xingliang Hou*, Jiannan Zhou, Chang Liu, Lu Liu, Lisha Shen, and Hao Yu* (2014) Nuclear factor Y-mediated H3K27me3 demethylation of the SOC1 locus orchestrates flowering responses of Arabidopsis. Nature Communications 5, 4601 (*Corresponding author)

  12.  Xingliang Hou*, Lihua Ding, and Hao Yu* (2013) Crosstalk between GA and JA signaling mediates plant growth and defense. Plant Cell Reports 32, 1067-1074 (*Corresponding author)

  13.  Lu Liu, Chang Liu, Xingliang Hou, Wanyan Xi, Lisha Shen, Zhen Tao, Yue Wang and Hao Yu (2012) FTIP1 is an essential regulator required for florigen transport. PLoS Biology 10, e1001313

  14.  Li Yen Candy Lee#, Xingliang Hou#, Lei Fang, Shuguo Fan, Prakash P. Kumar, and Hao Yu (2012) STUNTED mediates the control of cell proliferation by GA in Arabidopsis. Development 139, 1568-1576 (#co-first author)

  15.  Lei Fang, Xingliang Hou, Li Yen Candy Lee, Lu Liu, Xiaojing Yan, and Hao Yu (2011) AtPV42a and AtPV42b redundantly regulate reproductive development in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS ONE 6, e19033

  16.  Xingliang Hou, Li Yen Candy Lee, Kuaifei Xia, Yuanyuan Yan, and Hao Yu (2010) DELLAs modulate jasmonate signaling via competitive binding to JAZs. Developmental Cell 19, 884-894

  17.  Wanyan Xi, Chang Liu, Xingliang Hou, and Hao Yu (2010) MOTHER OF FT AND TFL1 regulates seed germination through a negative feedback Loop modulating ABA signaling in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell 22, 1733-1748

  18.  Xingliang Hou#, Wen-wei Hu#, Lisha Shen, Li Yen Candy Lee, Zhen Tao, Jinhua Han, and Hao Yu (2008) Global identification of DELLA target genes during Arabidopsis flower development. Plant Physiology 147, 1126-1142 (#co-first author)

  19.  Xingliang Hou, Ping Wu, Fangchan Jiao, Qiaojun Jia, Hanmin Chen, Jie Yu, Xinwei Song, and Keke Yi (2005) Regulation of the expression of OsIPS1 and OsIPS2 in rice via systemic and local Pi signaling and hormones. Plant Cell and Environment 28, 353–364

  20.  Yu Chao, Hou Xingliang, and Wu Ping (2005) The effects of phosphorus, glucose and cytokinin on SEN1 gene expression in Arabidopsis. Acta Phytophysiologica Sinica 31, 85-89

  21.  Ping Wu, Ligeng Ma, Xingliang Hou, Mingyi Wang, Yunrong Wu, Feiyang Liu, and Xingwang Deng (2003) Phosphate starvation triggers distinct alterations of genome expression in Arabidopsis roots and leaves. Plant Physiology 132, 1260-1271

22.  Ping Wu, Xingliang Hou, et al. (2006) A novel promoter of gene specifically induced by phosphate starvation in rice root for elevating endurance of phosphate starvation and yield of crop. National Patent of China (Patent No. 03142286)

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