Olga A. Zabotina
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology, Iowa State University, USA
Research fields
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D., Plant Biochemistry & Physiology Russian Academy of Sciences, 1987

Current position

Assistant Professor, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Department of Biochemistry, Iowa State University (2008-present)


Papers (since 2005)

  1. Pogorelko, G., Lionetti, V., Bellincampi, D. and Zabotina, O. (2013). Cell wall integrity: targeted post-synthetic modifications to reveal its role in plant growth and defense against pathogens. Plant Signal Behav 8(9).
  2. Pogorelko, G., Lionetti, V., Fursova, O., Sundaram, R. M., Qi, M., Whitham, S. A., Bogdanove, A. J., Bellincampi, D. and Zabotina, O. A. (2013). Arabidopsis and Brachypodium distachyon transgenic plants expressing Aspergillus nidulans acetylesterases have decreased degree of polysaccharide acetylation and increased resistance to pathogens. Plant Physiol 162(1): 9-23.
  3. Wang, T., Zabotina, O. and Hong, M. (2012). Pectin-cellulose interactions in the Arabidopsis primary cell wall from two-dimensional magic-angle-spinning solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance. Biochemistry 51(49): 9846-9856.
  4. Dick-Perez, M., Wang, T., Salazar, A., Zabotina, O. A. and Hong, M. (2012). Multidimensional solid-state NMR studies of the structure and dynamics of pectic polysaccharides in uniformly 13C-labeled Arabidopsis primary cell walls. Magn Reson Chem 50(8): 539-550.
  5. Zabotina, O. A. (2012). Xyloglucan and its biosynthesis. Front Plant Sci 3: 134.
  6. Zabotina, O. A.*, Avci, U., Cavalier, D., Pattathil, S., Chou, Y. H., Eberhard, S., Danhof, L., Keegstra, K. and Hahn, M. G. (2012). Mutations in multiple XXT genes of Arabidopsis reveal the complexity of xyloglucan biosynthesis. Plant Physiol 159(4): 1367-1384. (*Corresponding author)
  7. Chou, Y. H., Pogorelko, G. and Zabotina, O. A. (2012). Xyloglucan xylosyltransferases XXT1, XXT2, and XXT5 and the glucan synthase CSLC4 form Golgi-localized multiprotein complexes. Plant Physiol 159(4): 1355-1366.
  8. Fursova, O., Pogorelko, G. and Zabotina, O. A. (2012). An efficient method for transient gene expression in monocots applied to modify the Brachypodium distachyon cell wall. Ann Bot 110(1): 47-56.
  9. Brenner, E. A., Salazar, A. M., Zabotina, O. A. and Lubberstedt, T. (2012). Characterization of European forage maize lines for stover composition and associations with polymorphisms within O-methyltransferase genes. Plant Sci 185-186: 281-287.
  10. Pogorelko, G., Fursova, O., Lin, M., Pyle, E., Jass, J. and Zabotina, O. A. (2011). Post-synthetic modification of plant cell walls by expression of microbial hydrolases in the apoplast. Plant Mol Biol 77(4-5): 433-445.
  11. Lygin, A. V., Upton, J., Dohleman, F. G., Juvik, J., Zabotina, O. A., Widholm, J. M. and Lozovaya, V. V. (2011). Composition of cell wall phenolics and polysaccharides of the potential bioenergy crop–Miscanthus. GCB Bioenergy 3(4): 333-345.
  12. Pandey, A. K., Yang, C., Zhang, C., Graham, M. A., Horstman, H. D., Lee, Y., Zabotina, O. A., Hill, J. H., Pedley, K. F. and Whitham, S. A. (2011). Functional analysis of the Asian soybean rust resistance pathway mediated by Rpp2. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 24(2): 194-206.
  13. Dick-Perez, M., Zhang, Y., Hayes, J., Salazar, A., Zabotina, O. A.* and Hong, M.* (2011). Structure and interactions of plant cell-wall polysaccharides by two- and three-dimensional magic-angle-spinning solid-state NMR. Biochemistry 50(6): 989-1000. (*Corresponding authors)
  14. Zabotin, A. I., Barisheva, T. S., Trofimova, O. I., Toroschina, T. E., Larskaya, I. A. and Zabotina, O. A.* (2009). Oligosaccharin and ABA synergistically affect the acquisition of freezing tolerance in winter wheat. Plant Physiol Biochem 47(9): 854-858. (*Corresponding author)
  15. Zabotina, O., Malm, E., Drakakaki, G., Bulone, V. and Raikhel, N. (2008). Identification and preliminary characterization of a new chemical affecting glucosyltransferase activities involved in plant cell wall biosynthesis. Mol Plant 1(6): 977-989.
  16. Cavalier, D. M., Lerouxel, O., Neumetzler, L., Yamauchi, K., Reinecke, A., Freshour, G., Zabotina, O. A., Hahn, M. G., Burgert, I. and Pauly, M. (2008). Disrupting two Arabidopsis thaliana xylosyltransferase genes results in plants deficient in xyloglucan, a major primary cell wall component. The Plant Cell Online 20(6): 1519-1537.
  17. Zabotina, O.A., van de Ven,  W. T. G., Freshour, G., Drakakaki, G., Cavalier, D., Mouille, G.,  Hahn, M. G., Keegstra, K. and Raikhel, N. V. (2008). The Arabidopsis XXT5 protein encodes a putative alpha-1,6-xylosyltransferase that is involved in xyloglucan biosynthesis. Plant J. V. 56, N1, p. 101-115.
  18. Drakakaki, G., Zabotina, O., Delgado, I., Robert, S., Keegstra, K. and Raikhel, N. (2006). Arabidopsis reversibly glycosylated polypeptides 1 and 2 are essential for pollen development. Plant Physiol 142(4): 1480-1492.
  19. Spadoni, S.*, Zabotina, O.*, Di Matteo, A., Mikkelsen, J. D., Cervone, F., De Lorenzo, G., Mattei, B. and Bellincampi, D. (2006). Polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein interacts with pectin through a binding site formed by four clustered residues of arginine and lysine. Plant Physiol 141(2): 557-564. (*Equal contribution)
  20. Zabotin, A. I., Barisheva, T. S., Larskaya, I. A., Toroshina, T. E., Trofimova, O. V., Hahn, M. G. and Zabotina, O. A.* (2005). Oligosaccharin—a new systemic factor in the acquisition of freeze tolerance in winter plants. Plant Biosystems-An International Journal Dealing with all Aspects of Plant Biology 139(1): 36-41. (*Corresponding author)

Contributed papers in books and proceedings

  1. Zabotina, O. A. (2013). Metabolite-based biomarkers for plant breeding. In: Diagnostics in Plant Breeding. (Ed. Luberstedt T. and Varshney R.)
  2. Zabotina, O. A. and Zabotina, A. I. (2011). Biologically active oligosaccharide functions in plant cell: updates and prospects. In: Oligosaccharides: Sources, Properties and Applications. pp. 209-243. (Ed. Gordon NS). Nova publisher
  3. Heaton, E. A., Dohleman, F. G., Miguez, F., Juvik, J. A., Lozovaya, V., Widholm, J., Zabotina, O. A., McIsaac, G. F., David, M. B., Voigt, T. B., Boersma, N. N. and Long, S. P. (2010). Miscanthus: A Promising Biomass Crop. In: Advances in Botanical Research. pp. 75-137. Academic Press. (Peer-reviewed chapter in the book)
  4. Larskaya, I. A., Barisheva, T. S., Zabotin, A. I. and Zabotina, O. A.* (2004). Use of thin-layer explants from buckwheat hypocotyls for study of rhizogenesis. Book of Proceedings. The IX International Symposium on Buckwheat, Prague, August 18-22, Czech Republic. p.109-115. (*Corresponding author)
  5. De Lorenzo, G., Cervone, F., Bellincampi, D., Capodicasa, C., Caprari, C., Federici, L., Ferrari, S., Giuli, P., Laurenzi, M., Mattei, B., Raiola, A., Salvi, G., Sicilia, F., Vairo, D. and Zabotina, O. (1999). Structural-function studies on the leucine-rich repeat polygalacturonase-inhibiting protein (PGIP). In: Biology of Plant-Microbe Interaction vol.2, (Edts: P.J.G.M. de Wit, T.Bisseling, and W.J.Stiekema), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Proceedings of 9th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Amsterdam, July 25-30, The Nethrelands, p.126-130.
  6. Van Alebeek, G. J. W. M., Zabotina, O., Schols, H. A., Beldman, G. and Voragen, A. G. J. (1999). De-esterification of methyl-esterified oligogalacturonides. Book of proceedings. The 10th symposium “Gums and Stabilisers for the Food Industry”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. p. 80-93.
  7. Zabotina, O. A., Ibragimova, N. N., Ayupova, D. A. and Maletskaya, O. V. (1998). Influence of some factors on the intensity of process of rhizogenesis in buckwheat thin-cell-layer explants. In: Advances in Buckwheat Research, (ed.: C. Campbell and R. Przybylski), Canada, p. V18-V24.
  8. Zabotina, O. A., Ibragimova, N. N., Gurjanov, O. P., Ayupova, D. A., Beldman, G., Voragen, A. G. J. and Lozovaya, V. V. (1996). Bioactive fragments from pea pectin. In: Pectin and Pectinases, (Ed: A.G.J.Voragen and J.Visser), Elsevier Science B.V., p. 693-701.
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