Mou Zhang: Plant Physiology First Author

Mou Zhang, first author of “Aquaporin OsPIP2;2 Links the H2O2 Signal and a Membrane-anchored Transcription Factor to Promote Plant Defense”

Current Position: Postdoc, Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China

Education: Ph.D., Nanjing Agricultural University, China. M.S., Yunnan Agricultural University, China. B.S., Guangdong Ocean University, China.

Non-scientific Interests: Cooking, Watching movies, Cycling.

Brief bio: In 2014, I was starting my research journey in Prof. Guoxing Wu’s lab in Yunnan Agricultural University. My master dissertation was devised to study endophytic bacteria of Ageratina Adenophora, a notorious invasive weed in the world, while I became interested in plant pathology and molecular biology. In 2017, I joined Nanjing Agricultural University, and started my Ph.D. program under supervision of Prof. Hansong Dong. In the subsequent years, my research activities were focused on the regulatory role of plant aquaporins, especially rice (Oryza sativa) plasma membrane intrinsic proteins (PIPs), in defense responses against pathogens. Our results suggest that OsPIP2;2 positively regulates plant innate immunity by mediating H2O2 transport into the plant cell and mediating the translocation of OsmaMYB from plasma membrane to nucleus. This finding provides new insights into the molecular mechanisms that aquaporins could circumstantially use to regulate the immunity signaling networks.






我于2014年进入云南农业大学攻读硕士学位,在吴国星教授的指导下主要从事入侵植物紫荆泽兰内生菌多样性及功能的分析研究。随后,在2017年加入南京农业大学攻读博士学位,在董汉松教授的指导下从事植物水通道蛋白,尤其是水稻PIPs针对植物病原体的防卫反应中的调节作用。我们的研究结果表明, OsPIP2;2通过介导H2O2进入植物细胞和调节OsmaMYB从细胞膜到细胞核的移动,正向调节植物的先天免疫系统。这一发现为水通道蛋白可用于调节免疫信号网络的分子机制提供了新的见解。