Zhonglin Mou
  • Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, USA
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology, Institute of Genetics, CAS, 1999

Current position

Associate Professor in Plant Defense, University of Florida (2011- to date)

Publications (since 2008)

  1. DeFraia, C.T., Wang, Y., Yao, J. and Mou, Z. (2013). Elongator subunit 3 positively regulates plant immunity through its histone acetyltransferase and radical S-adenosylmethionine domains. BMC Plant Biology 13, 102.
  2. Zhang, X., Yao, J., Zhang, Y., Sun, Y. and Mou, Z. (2013). The Arabidopsis Mediator complex subunits MED14/SWP and MED16/SFR6/IEN1 differentially regulate defense gene expression in plant immune responses. Plant J 75(3): 484-497.
  3. Wang, Y., An, C., Zhang, X., Yao, J., Zhang, Y., Sun, Y., Yu, F., Amador, D. M. and Mou, Z. (2013). The Arabidopsis elongator complex subunit2 epigenetically regulates plant immune responses. Plant Cell 25(2): 762-776.
  4. Zhang, X., Wang, C., Zhang, Y., Sun, Y. and Mou, Z. (2012). The Arabidopsis mediator complex subunit16 positively regulates salicylate-mediated systemic acquired resistance and jasmonate/ethylene-induced defense pathways. Plant Cell 24(10): 4294-4309.
  5. Zhang, X. and Mou, Z. (2012). Expression of the human NAD(P)-metabolizing ectoenzyme CD38 compromises systemic acquired resistance in Arabidopsis. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 25(9): 1209-1218.
  6. An, C. and Mou, Z. (2012). Non-host defense response in a novel Arabidopsis-Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri pathosystem. PLoS One 7(1): e31130.
  7. An, C. and Mou, Z. (2011). Salicylic acid and its function in plant immunity. J Integr Plant Biol 53(6): 412-428.
  8. DeFraia, C.T. and Mou, Z. (2011). The role of the Elongator complex in plants. Plant Signaling & Behavior 6, 19-22.
  9. DeFraia, C. T., Zhang, X. and Mou, Z. (2010). Elongator subunit 2 is an accelerator of immune responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant J 64(3): 511-523.
  10. Marek, G., Carver, R., Ding, Y., Sathyanarayan, D., Zhang, X. and Mou, Z. (2010). A high-throughput method for isolation of salicylic acid metabolic mutants. Plant Methods 6: 21.
  11. Zhang, X., Francis, M.I., Dawson, W.O., Graham, J.H., Orbovi?, V., Triplett, E.W. and Mou, Z. (2010). Overexpression of the Arabidopsis NPR1 gene in citrus increases resistance to citrus canker. European Journal of Plant Pathology 128, 91-100.
  12. Zhang, X., Chen, S. and Mou, Z. (2010). Nuclear localization of NPR1 is required for regulation of salicylate tolerance, isochorismate synthase 1 expression and salicylate accumulation in Arabidopsis. J Plant Physiol 167(2): 144-148.
  13. Spoel, S. H.*, Mou, Z.*, Tada, Y., Spivey, N. W., Genschik, P. and Dong, X. (2009). Proteasome-mediated turnover of the transcription coactivator NPR1 plays dual roles in regulating plant immunity. Cell 137(5): 860-872. *authors with equal contributions.
  14. Xiong, Y., DeFraia, C., Williams, D., Zhang, X. and Mou, Z. (2009). Deficiency in a cytosolic ribose-5-phosphate isomerase causes chloroplast dysfunction, late flowering and premature cell death in Arabidopsis. Physiol Plant 137(3): 249-263.
  15. Xiong, Y., DeFraia, C., Williams, D., Zhang, X. and Mou, Z. (2009). Characterization of Arabidopsis 6-phosphogluconolactonase T-DNA insertion mutants reveals an essential role of the oxidative section of the plastidic pentose phosphate pathway in plant growth and development. Plant & Cell Physiology 50, 1277-1291.
  16. Zhang, X. and Mou, Z. (2009). Extracellular pyridine nucleotides induce PR gene expression and disease resistance in Arabidopsis. Plant J 57(2): 302-312.
  17. Tada, Y., Spoel, S. H., Pajerowska-Mukhtar, K., Mou, Z., Song, J., Wang, C., Zuo, J. and Dong, X. (2008). Plant immunity requires conformational changes [corrected] of NPR1 via S-nitrosylation and thioredoxins. Science 321(5891): 952-956.
  18. Zhang, X. and Mou, Z. (2008). Function of extracellular pyridine nucleotides in plant defense signaling. Plant Signaling & Behavior 3(12): 1143-1145.
  19. Zhang, X., Xiong, Y., Defraia, C., Schmelz, E. and Mou, Z. (2008). The Arabidopsis MAP Kinase Kinase 7: A crosstalk point between auxin signaling and defense responses? Plant Signaling & Behavior 3, 272-274.
  20. Defraia, C. T., Schmelz, E. A. and Mou, Z. (2008). A rapid biosensor-based method for quantification of free and glucose-conjugated salicylic acid. Plant Methods 4: 28.
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