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Ping He

He, Ping
Ping He
Associate Professor
Borlaug/Room 179
Undergraduate Education
B.S. China Agricultural University (1993)
Graduate Education
M.S. Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1998)
Ph.D. Kansas State University (2003)
Postdoc. Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (2003-2008)
Joined Texas A&M in 2009
NSF CAREER Award 2013

Signal Transduction in Plant Innate Immunity

Plants and animals, under constant attack by microbes, have evolved sophisticated immune systems to defend against infections. In turn, successful pathogens have developed elegant virulence strategies to suppress host immunity. Long-standing association between hosts and microbes has resulted in both acquiring specific adaptations which maximize their own survival and productivity.

Our laboratory is interested in elucidating novel plant immune signaling pathways as well as studying the myriad actions of pathogen virulence factors that intercept host immune responses. In order to provide a complete view of host-microbe interactions, we are using cellular, functional genomic, genetic, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches. In addition, plant immunity is inextricably linked with plant development and environmental stresses. We are also interested in understanding the signaling crosstalk that orchestrates plant responses to different extrinsic and intrinsic signals. Ultimately, knowledge gained from studying model plants, such as Arabidopsis, will be applied to improve crop plants for resistance against different biotic and abiotic stresses.

Recent Publications

  1. Michelmore, RW, Coaker, G, Bart, R, Beattie, GA, Bent, A, Bruce, T et al.. Foundational and translational research opportunities to improve plant health. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 2017; :.
    doi: 10.1094/MPMI-01-17-0010-CR. PubMed PMID:28398839. .

  2. Feng, B, Liu, C, Shan, L, He, P. Protein ADP-Ribosylation Takes Control in Plant-Bacterium Interactions. PLoS Pathog. 2016;12 (12):e1005941.
    doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005941. PubMed PMID:27907213. PubMed Central PMC5131896.

  3. Yadeta, KA, Elmore, JM, Creer, AY, Feng, B, Franco, JY, Rufian, JS et al.. A Cysteine-Rich Protein Kinase Associates with a Membrane Immune Complex and the Cysteine Residues Are Required for Cell Death. Plant Physiol. 2017;173 (1):771-787.
    doi: 10.1104/pp.16.01404. PubMed PMID:27852951. PubMed Central PMC5210739.

  4. Feng, B, Ma, S, Chen, S, Zhu, N, Zhang, S, Yu, B et al.. PARylation of the forkhead-associated domain protein DAWDLE regulates plant immunity. EMBO Rep. 2016;17 (12):1799-1813.
    doi: 10.15252/embr.201642486. PubMed PMID:27797852. PubMed Central PMC5283580.

  5. Ma, X, Xu, G, He, P, Shan, L. SERKing Coreceptors for Receptors. Trends Plant Sci. 2016;21 (12):1017-1033.
    doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2016.08.014. PubMed PMID:27660030. .

  6. Liu, Y, Huang, X, Li, M, He, P, Zhang, Y. Loss-of-function of Arabidopsis receptor-like kinase BIR1 activates cell death and defense responses mediated by BAK1 and SOBIR1. New Phytol. 2016;212 (3):637-645.
    doi: 10.1111/nph.14072. PubMed PMID:27400831. .

  7. de Oliveira, MV, Xu, G, Li, B, de Souza Vespoli, L, Meng, X, Chen, X et al.. Specific control of Arabidopsis BAK1/SERK4-regulated cell death by protein glycosylation. Nat Plants. 2016;2 :15218.
    doi: 10.1038/nplants.2015.218. PubMed PMID:27250875. .

  8. Li, B, Meng, X, Shan, L, He, P. Transcriptional Regulation of Pattern-Triggered Immunity in Plants. Cell Host Microbe. 2016;19 (5):641-50.
    doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.04.011. PubMed PMID:27173932. PubMed Central PMC5049704.

  9. Meng, X, Zhou, J, Tang, J, Li, B, de Oliveira, MV, Chai, J et al.. Ligand-Induced Receptor-like Kinase Complex Regulates Floral Organ Abscission in Arabidopsis. Cell Rep. 2016;14 (6):1330-8.
    doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2016.01.023. PubMed PMID:26854226. PubMed Central PMC4758877.

  10. Meng, X, Shan, L, He, P. Stack Heterotrimeric G Proteins and MAPK Cascades on a RACK. Mol Plant. 2015;8 (12):1691-3.
    doi: 10.1016/j.molp.2015.11.005. PubMed PMID:26612253. PubMed Central PMC5156934.

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