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Rentao Song


Ph.D. in Genetics, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1997

Current position

Professor, Plant Molecular Biology, School of Life Sciences, Shanghai University (since 2004)

Director, Shanghai Key Laboratory of Bio-energy Crops (since 2005)

Deputy Dean, School of Life Sciences (since 2009)

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Wang, F., Li, P., Tang, Y., Fan, J., Xu, D., Guo, S., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2012). Characterization of an Ac transposon system based on apt1-m1 (Ac) on the long arm of maize chromosome 9. Genetica 140(7-9): 337-347.
  2. Wang, G., Wang, F., Zhang, X., Zhong, M., Zhang, J., Lin, D., Tang, Y., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2012). Opaque1 encodes a myosin XI motor protein that is required for endoplasmic reticulum motility and protein body formation in maize endosperm. Plant Cell 24(8): 3447-3462.
  3. Zhang, N., Qiao, Z., Liang, Z., Mei, B., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2012). Zea mays Taxilin protein negatively regulates opaque-2 transcriptional activity by causing a change in its sub-cellular distribution. PLoS One 7(8): e43822.
  4. Wang, G., He, Q. Q., Xu, Z. K. and Song, R*. (2012). High segregation distortion in maize B73 x teosinte crosses. Genet Mol Res 11(1): 693-706.
  5. Wang, G., Zhang, X., Wang, F. and Song, R*. (2012). Isolation of high quality RNA from cereal seeds containing high levels of starch. Phytochem Anal 23(2): 159-163.
  6. Wang, G., Xu, J., Tang, Y., Zhou, L., Wang, F., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2011). Molecular characterization of a genomic interval with highly uneven recombination distribution on maize chromosome 10 L. Genetica 139(9): 1109-1118.
  7. Wang, G., Sun, X., Wang, F., Gao, Q., Tang, Y., Chang, C., Lai, J., Zhu, L., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2011). Opaque7 encodes an acyl-activating enzyme-like protein that affects storage protein synthesis in maize endosperm. Genetics 189(4): 1281-1295.
  8. Zhou, L., Zhang, J., Yan, J. and Song, R*. (2011). Two transposable element insertions are causative mutations for the major domestication gene teosinte branched 1 in modern maize. Cell Res 21(8): 1267-1270.
  9. Zhu, C., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2011). The endoglucanase from Bacillus subtilis BEC-1 bears halo-tolerant, acidophilic and dithiothreitol-stimulated enzyme activity. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 27(12): 2863-2871.
  10. Yuan, H., Meng, X., Gao, Q., Qu, W., Xu, T., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2011). The characterization of two peroxiredoxin genes in Dunaliella viridis provides insights into antioxidative response to salt stress. Plant Cell Rep 30(8): 1503-1512.
  11. Song, T., Gao, Q., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2011). The cloning and characterization of two ammonium transporters in the salt-resistant green alga, Dunaliella viridis. Mol Biol Rep 38(7): 4797-4804.
  12. Meng, X., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2011). Molecular cloning and characterization of a vacuolar H+(-)pyrophosphatase from Dunaliella viridis. Mol Biol Rep 38(5): 3375-3382.
  13. Wang, G., Gao, Y., Wang, J., Yang, L., Song, R., Li, X. and Shi, J. (2011). Overexpression of two cambium-abundant Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata) alpha-expansin genes ClEXPA1 and ClEXPA2 affect growth and development in transgenic tobacco and increase the amount of cellulose in stem cell walls. Plant Biotechnol J 9(4): 486-502.
  14. Zhang, N., Wang, F., Meng, X., Luo, S., Li, Q., Dong, H., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2011). Molecular cloning and characterization of a trehalose-6-phosphate synthase/phosphatase from Dunaliella viridis. Mol Biol Rep 38(4): 2241-2248.
  15. Zhu, C., Zhang, J., Tang, Y., Zhengkai, X. and Song, R*. (2011). Diversity of methanogenic archaea in a biogas reactor fed with swine feces as the mono-substrate by mcrA analysis. Microbiol Res 166(1): 27-35.
  16. Li, M., Li, P., Song, R*. and Xu, Z. (2010). An induced hypersensitive-like response limits expression of foreign peptides via a recombinant TMV-based vector in a susceptible tobacco. PLoS One 5(11): e15087.
  17. Wang, F., Li, Z., Fan, J., Li, P., Hu, W., Wang, G., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2010). An Ac transposon system based on maize chromosome 4S for isolating long-distance-transposed Ac tags in the maize genome. Genetica 138(11-12): 1261-1270.
  18. Zhou, L., Huang, B., Meng, X., Wang, G., Wang, F., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2010). The amplification and evolution of orthologous 22-kDa alpha-prolamin tandemly arrayed genes in coix, sorghum and maize genomes. Plant Mol Biol 74(6): 631-643.
  19. Meng, X., Huang, B., Zhou, L., He, Y., Chen, Q., Yuan, Y., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2010). Construction of a Coix BAC library and isolation of the 22 kDa α-coixin gene cluster. Genome 53(9): 667-674.
  20. Sun, X., Meng, X., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2010). Expression of the 26S proteasome subunit RPN10 is upregulated by salt stress in Dunaliella viridis. J Plant Physiol 167(12): 1003-1008.
  21. Wang, G., Wang, H., Zhu, J., Zhang, J., Zhang, X., Wang, F., Tang, Y., Mei, B., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2010). An expression analysis of 57 transcription factors derived from ESTs of developing seeds in Maize (Zea mays). Plant Cell Rep 29(6): 545-559.
  22. Yan, Q., Zhao, M., Miao, H., Ruan, W. and Song, R. (2010). Coupling of the hydrogen and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production through anaerobic digestion from Taihu blue algae. Bioresour Technol 101(12): 4508-4512.
  23. Han, Y., Wang, G., Liu, Z., Liu, J., Yue, W., Song, R., Zhang, X. and Jin, W. (2010). Divergence in centromere structure distinguishes related genomes in Coix lacryma-jobi and its wild relative. Chromosoma 119(1): 89-98.
  24. He, Y., Meng, X., Fan, Q., Sun, X., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2009). Cloning and characterization of two novel chloroplastic glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenases from Dunaliella viridis. Plant Mol Biol 71(1-2): 193-205.
  25. Feng, L., Zhu, J., Wang, G., Tang, Y., Chen, H., Jin, W., Wang, F., Mei, B., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2009). Expressional profiling study revealed unique expressional patterns and dramatic expressional divergence of maize alpha-zein super gene family. Plant Mol Biol 69(6): 649-659.
  26. Lu, F., Ammiraju, J. S., Sanyal, A., Zhang, S., Song, R., Chen, J., Li, G., Sui, Y., Song, X., Cheng, Z., de Oliveira, A. C., Bennetzen, J. L., Jackson, S. A., Wing, R. A. and Chen, M. (2009). Comparative sequence analysis of MONOCULM1-orthologous regions in 14 Oryza genomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(6): 2071-2076.
  27. Guan, Z., Meng, X., Sun, Z., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2008). Characterization of duplicated Dunaliella viridis SPT1genes provides insights into early gene divergence after duplication. Gene 423(1): 36-42.
  28. Fang, Q., Liu, J., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2008). Cloning and characterization of a flowering time gene from Thellungiella halophila. Acta Biochim Biophys Sin (Shanghai) 40(8): 747-753.
  29. Guan, Y., Chen, Q., Pan, J., Li, Z., He, H., Wu, A., Song, R. and Cai, R. (2008). Construction of a BAC library from cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) and identification of linkage group specific clones. Progress in Natural Science 18(2): 143-147.
  30. Li, Q., Jiang, L., Li, M., Li, P., Zhang, Q., Song, R. and Xu, Z. (2007). Morphology and stability changes of recombinant TMV particles caused by a cysteine residue in the foreign peptide fused to the coat protein. J Virol Methods 140(1-2): 212-217.
  31. Sun, X. M., Tang, Y. P., Meng, X. Z., Zhang, W. W., Li, S., Deng, Z. R., Xu, Z. K. and Song, R*. (2006). Sequencing and analysis of a genomic fragment provide an insight into the Dunaliella viridis genomic sequence. Acta Biochim Biophys Sin (Shanghai) 38(11): 812-820.
  32. Fang, Q., Xu, Z. and Song, R*. (2006). Cloning, characterization and genetic engineering of FLC homolog in Thellungiella halophila. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 347(3): 707-714.
  33. Lu, Q., Xu, Z. K. and Song, R*. (2006). OsFY, a homolog of AtFY, encodes a protein that can interact with OsFCA-gamma in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Acta Biochim Biophys Sin (Shanghai) 38(7): 492-499.
  34. Li, Q., Li, M., Jiang, L., Zhang, Q., Song, R. and Xu, Z. (2006). TMV recombinants encoding fused foreign transmembrane domains to the CP subunit caused local necrotic response on susceptible tobacco. Virology 348(2): 253-259.
  35. Li, Q., Gao, X., Sun, Y., Zhang, Q., Song, R. and Xu, Z. (2006). Isolation and characterization of a sodium-dependent phosphate transporter gene in Dunaliella viridis. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 340(1): 95-104.
  36.  International Rice Genome Sequencing Project (2005) The map-based sequence of the rice genome. Nature 436: 793-800.
    * indicates corresponding author
Protocols by Rentao Song
  1. Maize Endosperm Protein Extraction and Analysis