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Embryogenesis and Endosperm Development
Chun-Ming Liu     Professor
1984: BSc, Shandong Normal University, China. 1987: MSc, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. 1996: PhD, John Innes Center/UEA, the United Kingdom.
Work Experiences:
1990-1992: Visiting Scientist, Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 1996-1999: Senior Research Associate, Oklahoma State University, USA 1999-2005: Senior Scientist/Group Leader, Plant Research International, the Netherlands. 2005-2011, Professor and Director of Center for Signal Transduction & Metabolomics, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China; 2007-now, Chief Editor, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology (JIPB). 2011-now Head, Key Laboratory for Molecular Plant Physiology, CAS.
  • Research Topics
  • Lab Members
  • Chun-Ming Liu

  • Xiufen Song

    Associate Professor
  • Jinxin Liu

    Research Associate
  • Shengyang Wu

    Research Associate
  • Xuefeng Yao

  • Aining Bai

  • Mingwei Wu

    PhD student
  • Xiuli Hou

    PhD student
  • Ting Liu

    PhD student
  • Dongqi Li

    PhD student
  • Xue Bai

    PhD student
  • Wenqiang Chen

    PhD student
  • Jinlei Liu

    PhD student
  • Ling Jiang

    PhD student

  • Menchao Zhu

    MSc student

  • Cong Li

    MSc student

  • Mengmeng Chen

    MSc student

  • Zhang LM#,  Leng CY#, Luo H#, Wu XY#,  Liu ZQ#, Zhang YM,  Zhang H, Xia Y, Shang L, Liu CM,  Hao DY,  Zhou YH,  Chu CC,  Cai H, Jing HC.2018. Sweet sorghum originated through selection of dry, a plant-specific NAC transcription factor gene. Plant Cell, doi: 10.1105/tpc.18.00313(#Co-first Author)[more]
  • Liu JX#,Wu XB#, Yao XF, Yu R, Larkin P, Liu CM. 2018. Mutations in the DNA demethylase OsROS1 result in a thickened aleurone and improved nutritional value in rice grains. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1806304115 (#Co-first Author) [more]
  • Guo L, Jiang L,  Lu XL, Liu CM. 2018. Anaphase Promoting Complex/Cyclosome-mediated cyclin B1 degradation is critical for cell cycle synchronization in syncytial endosperms. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, doi: 10.1111/jipb.12641[more]
  • Song XF,  Ren SC, Liu CM. 2017. "11 – Peptide hormones." in "Hormone Metabolism & Signaling in Plants", 361-404[more]
  • Song XG,  Lu ZF, Yu H, Shao GN, Xiong JS, Meng XB, Jing YH, Liu GF, Xiong GS, Duan JB, Yao XF, Liu CM, Li HQ, Wang YH, Li JY. 2017. IPA1 functions as a downstream transcription factor repressed by D53 in strigolactone signaling in rice. Cell Research, 27: 1128-1141[more]
  • Wu XB#, Liu JX#, Li DQ, Liu CM. 2016. Rice caryopsis development II: Dynamic changes in the endosperm. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 58: 786-798 (#Co-first author)[more]
  • Wu XB, Liu JX, Li DQ, Liu CM. 2016. Rice caryopsis development I: Dynamic changes in different cell layers. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 58: 772-785[more]
  • Guo L*, Jiang L*, Zhang Y, Lu XL, Xie Q, Weijers D, Liu CM. 2016. The anaphase promoting complex initiates zygote division in Arabidopsis through degradation of cyclin B1. Plant Journal, 86: 161-174 (*Co-first author)[more]
  • Custers JBM, Cordewener JHG, Fiers MA, Maassen BTH, van Lookeren Campagne MM, Liu CM. 2000. Androgenesis in Brassica: A model system to study the initiation of plant embryogenesis. In "Current Trends in the Embryology of Angiosperm", Bhojwani SS and Soh Woony-Young (Eds)[more]
  • Liu CM, Johnson S, Hedley CL, Wang TL. 1996. The generation of a Legume embryo: morphological and cellular defective in pea mutants. in "Embryogenesis: The Generation of a Plant" Wang TL & Cuming AC (Eds), Oxford: Bios Scientific Publishers, pp191-213.[more]
  • Liu CM, Xu ZH, Chua N-H. 1994. In vitro culture of Brassica juncea zygotic embryo, in "Plant Tissue Culture Manual: Fundamentals and Applications" K. Lindsey, Ed. Kluwar Academic Publishers, E5, pp1-19[more]
  • Guo L, Liu CM. 2015. A single-nucleotide exon found in Arabidopsis. Scientific Reports, 5: 18087[more]
  • Wu X, Liu J, Li D, Liu CM. 2016. Rice caryopsis development I: Dynamic changes in different cell layers. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 58: 772-785[more]
  • Bai AN, Lu XD, Li DQ, Liu JX, Liu CM. 2016. NF-YB1-regulated expression of sucrose transporters in aleurone facilitates sugar loading to rice endosperm. Cell Research, 26: 384-388[more]
  • Xu TT, Ren SC, Song XF, Liu CM. 2015. CLE19 expressed in the embryo regulates both cotyledon establishment and endosperm development in Arabidopsis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66: 5217-5227[more]
  • Liu CM. 2015. Auxin binding protein 1 (ABP1): A matter of fact. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 57: 234-235[more]
  • Yan SJ, Liang YT, Zhang JD, Chen Z, Liu CM. 2014. Autoxidated linolenic acid inhibits aflatoxin biosynthesis in Aspergillus flavus via oxylipin species. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 81: 229-237[more]
  • Lu X, Zhang D, Li S, Su Y, Liang Q, Meng H, Shen S, Fan Y, Liu CM, Zhang C. 2014. FtsHi4 is essential for embryogenesis due to its influence on chloroplast development in Arabidopsis. PLoS ONE, 9: e99741[more]
  • Chu H, Liang W, Li J, Hong F, Wu Y, Wang L, Wang J, Wu P, Liu CM, Zhang Q, Xu J, Zhang DB. 2013. A CLE-WOX signalling module regulates root meristem maintenance and vascular tissue development in rice. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64: 5359-5369[more]
  • Zhang Z, Song Y, Liu CM, Thomma B. 2014. Mutational analysis of the Ve1 immune receptor that mediates verticillium resistance in tomato. PloS ONE, 9: e99511[more]
  • Zhang JD, Han LD, Yan SJ, Liu CM. 2014. The non-metabolizable glucose analog D-glucal inhibits aflatoxin biosynthesis and promotes kojic acid production in Aspergillus flavus. BMC Microbiology, 14: 95-104[more]
  • Xu TT, Song XF, Ren SC and Liu CM. 2013. The sequence flanking the N-terminus of the CLV3 peptide is critical for its cleavage and activity in stem cell regulation in Arabidopsis. BMC Plant Biology, 13: 225[more]
  • Song XF, Xu TT, Ren SC and Liu CM. 2013. Individual amino acid residues in CLV3 peptide contribute to its stability in vitro. Plant Signaling & Behavior, 8: e25344[more]
  • Jiang GQ, Yao XF and Liu CM. 2013. A simple CELI endonuclease-based protocol for genotyping both SNPs and inDels.Plant Molecular Biology Reporter, 31: 1325–1335[more]
  • Brandt R, Xie YK, Musielak T, Graeff M, Stierhof YD, Huang H, Liu CM and Wenkel S. 2013. Control of stem cell homeostasis via interlocking microRNA andmicroProtein feedback loops. Mechanisms of Development, 130: 25-33[more]
  • Li SP, Chen M, Yu DL, Ren SC, Sun SP, Liu LD, Ketelaar T, Emons A and Liu CM. 2013. EXO70A1-mediated vesicle trafficking is critical for tracheary element development in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell, 25: 1774-1786[more]
  • Zhang Z, van Esse P, van Damme M, Fradin E, Liu CM and Thomma B. 2013. Ve1-mediated resistance against Verticillium does not involve a hypersensitive response in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant Pathology, 14: 719-727[more]
  • Zhang Y, Immink R, Liu CM, Emons A and Ketelaar T. 2013.The Arabidopsis exocyst subunit SEC3A is essential for embryo development and accumulates in transient puncta at the plasma membrane. New Phytologist, 199: 74-88[more]
  • Song XF, Guo P, Ren SC, Xu TT and Liu CM. 2013. Antagonistic peptide technology for functional dissection of CLE genes in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 161: 1076-1085[more]
  • Zhang Z, Fradin E, Jonge R, Esse H.P, Smit P, Liu CM and Thomma B. 2013. Optimized agroinfiltration and virus-induced gene silencing to study ve1-mediated Verticillium resistance in tobacco. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 26: 182-191[more]
  • Zhang S, Haider I, Kohlen W, Jiang L, Bouwmeester H, Meijer AH, Schluepmann H, Liu CM* and Ouwerkerk PB*. 2012. Function of the HD-Zip I gene Oshox22 in ABA-mediated drought and salt tolerances in rice. Plant Molecular Biology, 80: 571-585(* corresponding author)[more]
  • Yan SJ, Liang YT, Zhang JD and Liu CM. 2012. Aspergillus flavus grown in peptone as the carbon source exhibits spore density- and peptone concentration-dependent aflatoxin biosynthesis. BMC Microbiology, 12: 106[more]
  • Song XF, Yu DL, Xu TT, Ren SC, Guo P, Liu CM. 2012. Contributions of individual amino acid residues to the endogenous CLV3 function in shoot apical meristem maintenance in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant, 5: 515-523[more]
  • Yu DL, Jiang L, Gong HQ, Liu CM. 2012. EMBRYONIC FACTOR 19 encodes a PPR protein that is essential for the initiation of zygotic embryogenesis in Arabidopsis. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 54: 55-64[more]
  • Zheng LY, Guo XS, He B, Sun LJ, Peng Y, Dong SS, Liu TF, Jiang S, Ramachandran S, Liu CM, Jing HC. 2011. Genome-wide patterns of genetic variation in sweet and grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). Genome Biology, 12: R114[more]
  • Liu CM, Xu ZH and Chua NH. 1993. Auxin polar transport is essential for the establishment of bilateral symmetry during early plant embryogenesis. Plant Cell, 5: 621-630[more]
  • Liu CM, Xu ZH and Chua NH. 1993. Proembryo culture: in vitro development of early globular-staged zygotic embryos of Brassica juncea. Plant Journal, 3: 291-300[more]
  • Johnson S, Liu CM and Wang TL. 1994. An analysis of seed development in Pisum sativum. XVIII. The isolation of mutants defective in embryo development. Journal of Experimental Botany, 45: 1503-1511[more]
  • Chye ML, Liu CM and Tan CT. 1995. A cDNA clone encodes Brassica calmodulin. Plant Molecular Biology, 27: 419-423[more]
  • Liu CM, Johnson S and Wang TL. 1995. Cyd, a mutant of pea that alters embryo morphology is defective in cytokinesis. Developmental Genetics, 16: 321-331[more]
  • Hong Y, Takano M, Liu CM, Gasch A, Chye ML and Chua NH. 1996. Expression of the three members of the calcium-dependent protein kinase gene family in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Molecular Biology, 30: 1259-1275[more]
  • Liu CM and Meinke DW. 1998. The titan mutants of Arabidopsis are disrupted in mitosis and cell cycle control during seed development. Plant Journal, 16: 21-31[more]
  • Liu CM, Johnson S, Gregorio SD and Wang TL. 1999. Single cotyledon (sic) mutants of pea and their relevance to the pattern formation and the evolution of monocots. Developmental Genetics, 25: 11-22[more]
  • Cordewener J, Bergervoet J and Liu CM. 2000. Changes in protein systhesis and phosphorylation during microspore embryogenesis in Brassica napus. Journal of Plant Physiology. 156: 156-163[more]
  • Patton MJ, Rambaugh D, Liu CM, Yang LJ and Meinke D. 2000. The TITAN5 gene of arabidopsis encodes a protein related to the ADP ribosylation factor family of GTP binding proteins. Plant Cell, 12: 1379-1392[more]
  • Tzafrir I, McElver JA, Liu CM, Yang LJ, Wu JQ, Martinez A, Patton DA and Meinke DW. 2002. Diversity of TITAN functions in Arabidopsis seed development. Plant Physiology, 128: 38-51[more]
  • Boutilier K, Offringa R, Sharma VK, Kieft H, Ouellet T, Zhang L, Hattori J, Liu CM, Van Lammeren AA, Miki BL, Custers JB and Van Lookeren Campagne MM. 2002. Ectopic expression of BABY BOOM triggers a conversion from vegetative to embryonic growth. Plant Cell, 14: 1737-1749[more]
  • Liu CM, McElver J, Tzafrir I, Joosen R, Wittich P, Patton D, van Lammeren A and Meinke D. 2002. Condensin and cohesin knockouts in Arabidopsis exhibit a titan seed phenotype. Plant Journal, 29: 405-415[more]
  • Casamitjana-Martínez E, Hofhuis H F, Xu J, Liu CM, Heidstra R and Scheres B. 2003. Root-specific CLE19 overexpression and the sol1/2: suppressors implicate a CLV-like pathway in the control of Arabidopsis root meristem. Current Biology, 13: 1435-1441[more]
  • Fiers M, Hause G, Boutilier K, Casamitjana-Marinez E, Weijers D, Offringa R, van der Geest L, van Lookeren Campagne M and Liu CM. 2004. Mis-expression of the CLV3/ESR-like gene CLE19 in Arabidopsis leads to a consumption of root meristem. Gene, 327: 37-49[more]
  • Xu J, Zhang HY, Xie CH, Xue HW, Dijkhuis P and Liu CM. 2005. EMBRYONIC FACTOR 1 encodes an AMP deaminase and is essential for the zygote to embryo transition in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal, 42: 743-758[more]
  • Fiers M., Golemiec E, Xu J, van der Geest L, Heidstra R., Stiekema W and Liu CM. 2005. The 14-Amino acid CLV3, CLE19 and CLE40 peptides trigger consumption of the root meristem in Arabidopsis through a CLAVATA2-dependent pathway. Plant Cell, 17: 2542-2553[more]
  • Fiers M, Golemiec E, van der Schors R, van der Geest L, Li KW, Stiekema, WJ and Liu CM. 2006. The CLV3/ESR motif of CLV3 is functionally independent from the non-conserved flanking sequences. Plant Physiology, 141: 1284-1292[more]
  • Fiers M, Ku KL and Liu CM. 2007. CLE peptide ligands and their roles in establishing meristems. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 10: 39-43[more]
  • Wang G, Ellendorff U, Kemp B, Mansfield JW, Forsyth A, Mitchell K, Bastas K, Liu CM, Woods-Tor A, Zipfel C, de Wit PJGM, Jones JDG, Tor M and Thomma BPHJ. 2008. A genome-wide functional investigation into the roles s of receptor-like proteins in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 147: 503-517[more]
  • Fan YF, Jiang L, Gong HQ and Liu CM. 2008. Sexual reproduction in higher plants I: fertilization and the initiation of zygotic program. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 50: 860-867[more]
  • Fradin EF, Zhang Z, Juarez Ayala JC, Castroverde CDM, Nazar RN, Robb J, Liu CM and Thomma B. 2009. Genetic dissection of verticillium wilt resistance mediated by tomato Ve11. Plant Physiology, 150: 320–332[more]
  • Li SP, van Os GMA, Ren SC, Yu DL, Ketelaar T, Emons AM and Liu CM. 2010. Expression and functional analyses of EXO70 genes in Arabidopsis implicate their roles in regulating cell type-specific exocytosis. Plant Physiology, 154: 1819-1830[more]
  • Zhang Y, Liu CM, Emons AM and Ketelaar T. 2010. The plant exocyst. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 52: 138-146[more]
  • Song XF, Guo P, Li CY and Liu CM. 2010. The cysteine pairs in CLV2 are not necessary for sensing the CLV3 peptide in shoot and root meristems. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 52: 774-781[more]
  • Wang T, Uauy C, Till B and Liu CM. 2010. TILLING and associated technologies. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, 52: 1027-1030[more]
  • Zhou W, Wei L, Xu J, Zhai QZ, Jiang HL, Chen R, Chen Q, Sun JQ, Chu JF, Zhu LH, Liu CM and Li CY. 2010. Arabidopsis tyrosylprotein sulfotransferase acts in the Auxin/PLETHORA pathway in regulating postembryonic maintenance of the root stem cell niche. Plant Cell, 22: 3692-3709[more]
  • Ma JK, Hanssen M, Lundgren K, Hernandez H, Delatte T, Ehlert A, Liu CM, Schluepmann H, Droge-Laser H, Moritz T, Smeekens S and Hanson J. 2011. The sucrose-regulated Arabidopsis transcription factor bZIP11 reprograms metabolism and regulates trehalose metabolism. New Phytologist, 191: 733-745[more]
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