Bao-Cai Tan
  • School of Life Sciences, Shandong University, China
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Genetics, PMCB Program, University of Florida, USA, 1997

Current position

Professor and Dean of School of Life Sciences, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China


  1. Chen, Y., Hou, M., Liu, L., Wu, S., Shen, Y., Ishiyama, K., Kobayashi, M., McCarty, D. R. and Tan, B. C. (2014). The maize DWARF1 encodes a gibberellin 3-oxidase and is dual localized to the nucleus and cytosol. Plant Physiol 166(4): 2028-2039.
  2. Li, X. J., Zhang, Y. F., Hou, M., Sun, F., Shen, Y., Xiu, Z. H., Wang, X., Chen, Z. L., Sun, S. S., Small, I. and Tan, B. C. (2014). Small kernel 1 encodes a pentatricopeptide repeat protein required for mitochondrial nad7 transcript editing and seed development in maize (Zea mays) and rice (Oryza sativa). Plant J 79(5): 797-809.
  3. Yang, Y. Z. and Tan, B. C. (2014). A distal ABA responsive element in AtNCED3 promoter is required for positive feedback regulation of ABA biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. PLoS One 9(1): e87283.
  4. Zhang, Y. F., Hou, M. M. and Tan, B. C. (2013). The requirement of WHIRLY1 for embryogenesis is dependent on genetic background in maize. PLoS One 8(6): e67369.
  5. Shen, Y., Li, C., McCarty, D. R., Meeley, R. and Tan, B. C. (2013). Embryo defective12 encodes the plastid initiation factor 3 and is essential for embryogenesis in maize. Plant J 74(5): 792-804.
  6. Liu, Y. J., Xiu, Z. H., Meeley, R. and Tan, B. C. (2013). Empty pericarp5 encodes a pentatricopeptide repeat protein that is required for mitochondrial RNA editing and seed development in maize. Plant Cell 25(3): 868-883.
  7. Tan, B. C.*, Chen, Z., Shen, Y., Zhang, Y., Lai, J. and Sun, S. S. (2011). Identification of an active new mutator transposable element in maize. G3 (Bethesda) 1(4): 293-302.
  8. Messing, S. A., Gabelli, S. B., Echeverria, I., Vogel, J. T., Guan, J. C., Tan, B. C., Klee, H. J., McCarty, D. R. and Amzel, L. M. (2010). Structural insights into maize viviparous14, a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of the phytohormone abscisic acid. Plant Cell 22(9): 2970-2980.
  9. Vogel, J. T., Tan, B. C., McCarty, D. R. and Klee, H. J. (2008). The carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase 1 enzyme has broad substrate specificity, cleaving multiple carotenoids at two different bond positions. J Biol Chem 283(17): 11364-11373.
  10. Settles, A. M., Holding, D. R., Tan, B. C., Latshaw, S. P., Liu, J., Suzuki, M., Li, L., O'Brien, B. A., Fajardo, D. S., Wroclawska, E., Tseung, C. W., Lai, J., Hunter, C. T., 3rd, Avigne, W. T., Baier, J., Messing, J., Hannah, L. C., Koch, K. E., Becraft, P. W., Larkins, B. A. and McCarty, D. R. (2007). Sequence-indexed mutations in maize using the UniformMu transposon-tagging population. BMC Genomics 8: 116.
  11. McCarty, D. R., Settles, A. M., Suzuki, M., Tan, B. C., Latshaw, S., Porch, T., Robin, K., Baier, J., Avigne, W., Lai, J., Messing, J., Koch, K. E. and Hannah, L. C. (2005). Steady-state transposon mutagenesis in inbred maize. Plant J 44(1): 52-61.
  12. Tan, B. C., Joseph, L. M., Deng, W. T., Liu, L., Li, Q. B., Cline, K. and McCarty, D. R. (2003). Molecular characterization of the Arabidopsis 9-cis epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase gene family. Plant J 35(1): 44-56.
  13. Tan, B. C., Cline, K. and McCarty, D. R. (2001). Localization and targeting of the VP14 epoxy-carotenoid dioxygenase to chloroplast membranes. Plant J 27(5): 373-382.
  14. Tan, B. C., Schwartz, S. H., Zeevaart, J. A. and McCarty, D. R. (1997). Genetic control of abscisic acid biosynthesis in maize. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 94(22): 12235-12240.
  15. Schwartz, S. H.*, Tan, B. C.*, Gage, D. A., Zeevaart, J. A. and McCarty, D. R. (1997). Specific oxidative cleavage of carotenoids by VP14 of maize. Science 276(5320): 1872-1874. (*Co-first author)
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