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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Zongrang Liu

Research Molecular Biologist


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Highly interactive nature of flower-specific enhancers and promoters, and its potential impact on tissue-specific expression and engineering of multiple genes or agronomic traits - (Review Article)
Wen, Z., Yang, Y., Zhang, J., Wang, X., Liu, Z., Singer, S., Yang, Y., Liu, Z. 2014. Highly interactive nature of flower-specific enhancers and promoters, and its potential impact on tissue-specific expression and engineering of multiple genes or agronomic traits. Plant Biotechnology. DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12203.
Conserved transcriptional regulatory programs underlying rice and barley germination - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (27-Dec-13)
Identification of transcript polymorphisms for seed quality improvement by exploring soybean genetic diversity Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
An, Y., Goettel, H.W., Upchurch, R.G., Wang, M.L., Xia, E., Liu, Z., Chen, P. 2014. Identification of transcript polymorphisms for seed quality improvement by exploring soybean genetic diversity (abstract). Plant & Animal Genome. Paper No. 036.
Systems and evolutionary characterization of microRNAs and their underlying regulatory networks in soybean cotyledons Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Goettel, H.W., Liu, Z., Xia, J., Zhang, W., Zhao, P.X., An, Y. 2014. Systems and evolutionary characterization of microRNAs and their underlying regulatory networks in soybean cotyledons. PLoS One. 9(1). Available: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0086153.
Tree fruit breeding for the 21st Century - (Proceedings)
Scorza, R., Callahan, A.M., Dardick, C.D., Bell, R.L., Liu, Z., Srinivasan, C., Hollender, C.A., Vann, C.D., Ravelonandro, M. 2013. Tree fruit breeding for the 21st Century. Aspects of Applied Biology. 119:1-12.
Two tobacco AP1-like gene promoters with highly specific, tightly regulated and uniquely expressed activity during floral transition, initiation and development - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, J., Yan, G., Wen, Z., An, Y., Singer, S., Liu, Z. 2013. Two tobacco AP1-like gene promoters with highly specific, tightly regulated and uniquely expressed activity during floral transition, initiation and development. Planta. 239:469-478.
MicroRNA superfamilies descended from miR390 and their roles in secondary small interfering RNA biogenesis in eudicots - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Xia, R., Myers, B., Liu, Z., Beers, E., Liu, Z. 2013. MicroRNA superfamilies descended from miR390 and their roles in secondary small interfering RNA biogenesis in eudicots. The Plant Cell. 25:1-18.
DNA methylation/demethylation programming during peach flower bud dormancy release, development and blooming - (Abstract Only)
Zhu, H., Chen, P., Xia, H., Callahan, A.M., Pellegrini, M., Liu, Z. 2013. DNA methylation/demethylation programming during peach flower bud dormancy release, development and blooming. Plant and Animal Genome Conference. Paper No. 9983.
Identification of peach (Prunus persica) miRNAs and their targets by deep sequencing and degradome analysis - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhu, H., Xia, R., Dardick, C.D., Callahan, A.M., An, Y., Liu, Z. 2012. Identification of peach (Prunus persica) miRNAs and their targets by deep sequencing and degradome analysis. Biomed Central (BMC) Plant Biology. DOI:10.1186/1471-2229-12-149.
Identification and characterization of microRNA species and their targets in apple (Malus x domestica Borkh) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Xia, R., Zhu, H., Beers, E., An, Y., Liu, Z. 2012. Identification and characterization of microRNA species and their targets in apple (Malus x domestica Borkh). Plant Journal. 13(6)R47.
Silencing of meiosis-critical genes for engineering male sterility in plants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wang, X., Singer, S.D., Liu, Z. 2012. Silencing of meiosis-critical genes for engineering male sterility in plants. Plant Cell Reports. 31:747-756.
Minimizing the unpredictability of transgene expression in plants: the role of genetic insulators - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Singer, S., Liu, Z., Cox, K.D. 2012. Minimizing the unpredictability of transgene expression in plants: the role of genetic insulators. Plant Cell Reports. 31:13-25.
Ectopic expression of class 1 KNOX genes induce and adventitious shoot regeneration and alter growth and development of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L) and European plum (Prunus domestica L) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Srinivasan, C., Liu, Z., Scorza, R. 2011. Ectopic expression of class 1 KNOX genes induce and adventitious shoot regeneration and alter growth and development of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L) and European plum (Prunus domestica L). Plant Cell Reports. 30:655-664.
Enhancer-promoter interference and its prevention in transgenic plants - (Review Article)
Singer, S., Cox, K., Liu, Z. 2010. Enhancer-promoter interference and its prevention in transgenic plants. Plant Cell Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s00299-010-0977-7.
Evaluation and comparison of insulation efficiency of three enhancer-blocking insulators in plants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yang, Y., Singer, S., Liu, Z. 2010. Evaluation and comparison of insulation efficiency of three enhancer-blocking insulators in plants. Plant Cell Reports. DOI: 10.1007/s11240-010-9880-8.
Characterization of the partial RNA1 and RNA2 3' untranslated region of tomato ringspot virus isolates from North America - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, R., Mock, R.G., Fuchs, M., Halbrendt, J., Howell, B., Liu, Z. 2011. Molecular characterization of the partial RNA1 and RNA2 3' untranslated region of tomato ringspot virus isolates from North America. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. DOI: 10.1080/07060661.2011.536648.
Both the constitutive Cauliflower Mosaic Virus 35S and tissue-specific AGAMOUS enhancers activate transcription autonomously in Arabidopsis thaliana Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Singer, S.D., Liu, Z. 2010. Both the constitutive Cauliflower Mosaic Virus 35S and tissue-specific AGAMOUS enhancers activate transcription autonomously in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Molecular Biology. 74:293-305.
Petunia AGAMOUS enhancer-derived chimeric promoters specify a carpel-, stamen- and petal-specific expression pattern sufficient for engineering male and female sterility in tobacco Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yang, Y., Singer, S., Liu, Z. 2010. Petunia AGAMOUS enhancer-derived chimeric promoters specify a carpel-, stamen- and petal-specific expression pattern sufficient for engineering male and female sterility in tobacco. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. DOI 10.1007/s11105-010-0215-z
Two similar but distinct second intron fragments from tobacco AGAMOUS homologs confer identical floral organ-specific expression sufficient for generating complete sterility in plants Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yang, Y., Singer, S., Liu, Z. 2010. Two similar but distinct second intron fragments from tobacco AGAMOUS homologs confer identical floral organ-specific expression sufficient for generating complete sterility in plants. Planta. 231:1159-1169.
Ectopic expression of Malus domestica class 1 knox genes altered growth and development of Nicotiana tabacum and Prunus domestica, and induced adventitious shoot regeneration from leaf explants without exogenous cytokinin - (Abstract Only) - (20-Aug-09)
A 1-kb bacteriophage lambda fragment functions as an insulator to effectively block enhancer-promoter interactions in Arabidopsis thaliana Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Singer, S.D., Hily, J., Liu, Z. 2009. A 1-kb bacteriophage lambda fragment functions as an insulator to effectively block enhancer-promoter interactions in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 28:69-76.
A transformation booster sequence (TBS) from Petunia hybrida functions as an enhancer-blocking insulator in Arabidopsis thaliana Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hily, J., Singer, S.D., Yang, Y., Liu, Z. 2009. A transformation booster sequence (TBS) from Petunia hybrida functions as an enhancer-blocking insulator in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Reports. 28:1095-1104.
A simple and sensitive high-throughput GFP screening in woody and herbaceous plants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Liu, Z., Hily, J. 2008. A simple and sensitive high-throughput GFP screening in woody and herbaceous plants. Plant Cell Reports. 28:493-501.
Uvh6, a Plant Homolog of the Human/yeast Tfiih Transcription Factor Subunit Xpd/rad3, Regulates Cold-Stress Genes in Arabidopsis Thaliana - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hall, J.D., Cobb, J., Iqbal, M., Abidali, M., Liu, Z., Mount, D.W. 2008. UVH6, a plant homolog of the human/yeast TFIIH transcription factor subunit XPD/RAD3, regulates cold-stress genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 27:217-228.
Creation and analysis of a novel chimeric promoter for the complete containment of pollen- and seed-mediated gene flow - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Liu, Z., Zhou, C., Wu, K. 2008. Creation and analysis of a novel chimeric promoter for the complete containment of pollen- and seed-mediated gene flow. Plant Cell Reports. 27:995-1004.
Plum pox virus coat protein gene intron-hairpin-RNA (ihpRNA) constructs provide resistance to Plum pox virus in Nicotiana benthamiana and Prunus domestica - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hily, J., Scorza, R., Ravelonandro, M., Damsteegt, V.D., Bassett, C.L., Petri, C., Liu, Z. 2007. Plum pox virus coat protein gene intron-hairpin-RNA (ihpRNA) constructs provide resistance to Plum pox virus in Nicotiana benthamiana and Prunus domestica. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 132(6):850-858.
Heterologous Expression of the Ap2/erf Transcription Factor Baby Boom Alters the Development and Enhances the Regeneration Capacity of Transgenic Tobacco (Nicotiana Tabacum L.) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Srinivasan, C., Liu, Z., Heidmann, I., Supena, E., Fukuoka, H., Joosen, R., Lambalk, J., Angenent, G., Scorza, R., Custers, J.B., Boutilier, K. 2006. Heterologous expression of the ap2/erf transcription factor baby boom alters the development and enhances the regeneration capacity of transgenic tobacco (nicotiana tabacum l.). Planta (2007) 225:341-351.
Engineering Resistance to Multiple Stone Fruit Viruses Through Expression of Chimeric Hairpins - (Proceedings)
Liu, Z., Hily, J., Scorza, R., Scott, S., James, D. 2007. Engineering resistance to multiple stone fruit viruses through expression of chimeric hairpins. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. 132:283-436.
Ectopic Expression of Arabidopsis Ap2 Domain Transcription Factor Baby Boom Gene Alters Leaf Morphology and Fertility in Transgenic Nicotiana Tabacum - (Abstract Only)
Srinivasan, C., Liu, Z., Scorza, R. 2004. Ectopic expression of arabidopsis AP2 domain transcription factor baby boom gene alters leaf morphology and fertility in transgenic Nicotiana tabacum. American Society of Plant Biologists. Abstract #739.
Last Modified: 10/12/2007