Christopher Rensing
  • Key Laboratory of Urban Environment and Health, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Research fields
  • Microbiology
Personal information


Ph.D, Free University Berlin, Germany, 1996

Current position

Distinguished Professor, Institute of Environmental Microbiology, Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University, China

Publications (since 2012)

  1. Chandrangsu, P., Rensing, C. and Helmann, J. D. (2017). Metal homeostasis and resistance in bacteria. Nat Rev Microbiol 15(6): 338-350.
  2. Pal, C., Asiani, K., Arya, S., Rensing, C., Stekel, D. J., Larsson, D. G. J. and Hobman, J. L. (2017). Metal Resistance and Its Association With Antibiotic Resistance. Adv Microb Physiol 70: 261-313.
  3. Hao, X., Li, X., Pal, C., Hobman, J., Larsson, D. G., Saquib, Q., Alwathnani, H. A., Rosen, B. P., Zhu, Y. G. and Rensing, C. (2017). Bacterial resistance to arsenic protects against protist killing. Biometals 30(2): 307-311.
  4. Song, J., Rensing, C., Holm, P. E., Virta, M. and Brandt, K. K. (2017). Comparison of Metals and Tetracycline as Selective Agents for Development of Tetracycline Resistant Bacterial Communities in Agricultural Soil. Environ Sci Technol 51(5): 3040-3047.
  5. Xue, X. M., Ye, J., Raber, G., Francesconi, K. A., Li, G., Gao, H., Yan, Y., Rensing, C. and Zhu, Y. G. (2017). Arsenic Methyltransferase is Involved in Arsenosugar Biosynthesis by Providing DMA. Environ Sci Technol 51(3): 1224-1230.
  6. Zhen, Z., Liu, J., Rensing, C., Yan, C. and Zhang, Y. (2017). Effects of two different high-fidelity DNA polymerases on genetic analysis of the cyanobacterial community structure in a subtropical deep freshwater reservoir. Arch Microbiol 199(1): 125-134.
  7. Yuan, J., Zhao, M., Li, R., Huang, Q., Rensing, C., Raza, W. and Shen, Q. (2016). Antibacterial Compounds-Macrolactin Alters the Soil Bacterial Community and Abundance of the Gene Encoding PKS. Front Microbiol 7: 1904.
  8. Qin, Y., Wang, D., Brandt, K. K. and Rensing, C. (2016). Two draft genome sequences of Pseudomonas jessenii strains isolated from a copper contaminated site in Denmark. Stand Genomic Sci 11: 86.
  9. Wang, D., Zhu, F., Wang, Q., Rensing, C., Yu, P., Gong, J. and Wang, G. (2016). Disrupting ROS-protection mechanism allows hydrogen peroxide to accumulate and oxidize Sb(III) to Sb(V) in Pseudomonas stutzeri TS44. BMC Microbiol 16(1): 279.
  10. Hao, X., Luthje, F., Ronn, R., German, N. A., Li, X., Huang, F., Kisaka, J., Huffman, D., Alwathnani, H. A., Zhu, Y. G. and Rensing, C. (2016). A role for copper in protozoan grazing - two billion years selecting for bacterial copper resistance. Mol Microbiol 102(4): 628-641.
  11. German, N., Luthje, F., Hao, X., Ronn, R. and Rensing, C. (2016). Microbial Virulence and Interactions With Metals. Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci 142: 27-49.
  12. Lu, M., Li, Z., Liang, J., Wei, Y., Rensing, C. and Wei, G. (2016). Zinc Resistance Mechanisms of P1B-type ATPases in Sinorhizobium meliloti CCNWSX0020. Sci Rep 6: 29355.
  13. Li, J., Wang, Q., Oremland, R. S., Kulp, T. R., Rensing, C. and Wang, G. (2016). Microbial Antimony Biogeochemistry: Enzymes, Regulation, and Related Metabolic Pathways. Appl Environ Microbiol 82(18): 5482-5495.
  14. Wu, Y., Cui, E., Zuo, Y., Cheng, W., Rensing, C. and Chen, H. (2016). Influence of two-phase anaerobic digestion on fate of selected antibiotic resistance genes and class I integrons in municipal wastewater sludge. Bioresour Technol 211: 414-421.
  15. Taudte, N., German, N., Zhu, Y. G., Grass, G. and Rensing, C. (2016). Restoration of growth by manganese in a mutant strain of Escherichia coli lacking most known iron and manganese uptake systems. Biometals 29(3): 433-450.
  16. Wang, Y., Qin, Y., Kot, W., Zhang, F., Zheng, S., Wang, G., Hansen, L. H. and Rensing, C. (2016). Genome Sequence of Selenium-Solubilizing Bacterium Caulobacter vibrioides T5M6. Genome Announc 4(1).
  17. Liu, H., Zhuang, W., Zhang, S., Rensing, C., Huang, J., Li, J. and Wang, G. (2015). Global Regulator IscR Positively Contributes to Antimonite Resistance and Oxidation in Comamonas testosteroni S44. Front Mol Biosci 2: 70.
  18. Zhang, S., Wang, D., Wang, Y., Hasman, H., Aarestrup, F. M., Alwathnani, H. A., Zhu, Y. G. and Rensing, C. (2015). Genome sequences of copper resistant and sensitive Enterococcus faecalis strains isolated from copper-fed pigs in Denmark. Stand Genomic Sci 10: 35.
  19. Hao, X., Luthje, F. L., Qin, Y., McDevitt, S. F., Lutay, N., Hobman, J. L., Asiani, K., Soncini, F. C., German, N., Zhang, S., Zhu, Y. G. and Rensing, C. (2015). Survival in amoeba--a major selection pressure on the presence of bacterial copper and zinc resistance determinants? Identification of a "copper pathogenicity island". Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 99(14): 5817-5824.
  20. Wang, Q., Qin, D., Zhang, S., Wang, L., Li, J., Rensing, C., McDermott, T. R. and Wang, G. (2015). Fate of arsenate following arsenite oxidation in Agrobacterium tumefaciens GW4. Environ Microbiol 17(6): 1926-1940.
  21. Li, J., Wang, Q., Li, M., Yang, B., Shi, M., Guo, W., McDermott, T. R., Rensing, C. and Wang, G. (2015). Proteomics and Genetics for Identification of a Bacterial Antimonite Oxidase in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Environ Sci Technol 49(10): 5980-5989.
  22. Li, X., Kot, W., Wang, D., Zheng, S., Wang, G., Hansen, L. H. and Rensing, C. (2015). Draft Genome Sequence of Se(IV)-Reducing Bacterium Pseudomonas migulae ES3-33. Genome Announc 3(3).
  23. Hao, X., Xie, P., Zhu, Y. G., Taghavi, S., Wei, G. and Rensing, C. (2015). Copper tolerance mechanisms of Mesorhizobium amorphae and its role in aiding phytostabilization by Robinia pseudoacacia in copper contaminated soil. Environ Sci Technol 49(4): 2328-2340.
  24. Kalle, E., Kubista, M. and Rensing, C. (2014). Multi-template polymerase chain reaction. Biomol Detect Quantif 2: 11-29.
  25. Luthje, F. L., Hasman, H., Aarestrup, F. M., Alwathnani, H. A. and Rensing, C. (2014). Genome Sequences of Two Copper-Resistant Escherichia coli Strains Isolated from Copper-Fed Pigs. Genome Announc 2(6).
  26. Qin, Y., Hasman, H., Aarestrup, F. M., Alwathnani, H. A. and Rensing, C. (2014). Genome Sequences of Three Highly Copper-Resistant Salmonella enterica subsp. I Serovar Typhimurium Strains Isolated from Pigs in Denmark. Genome Announc 2(6).
  27. Wang, B., Rensing, C., Pierson, L. S., 3rd, Zhao, H. and Kennedy, C. (2014). Translational coupling of nasST expression in Azotobacter vinelandii prevents overexpression of the nasT gene. FEMS Microbiol Lett 361(2): 123-130.
  28. Zheng, S., Su, J., Wang, L., Yao, R., Wang, D., Deng, Y., Wang, R., Wang, G. and Rensing, C. (2014). Selenite reduction by the obligate aerobic bacterium Comamonas testosteroni S44 isolated from a metal-contaminated soil. BMC Microbiol 14: 204.
  29. Li, S., Deng, H., Rensing, C. and Zhu, Y. G. (2014). Compaction stimulates denitrification in an urban park soil using (1)(5)N tracing technique. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 21(5): 3783-3791.
  30. Li, Z., Ma, Z., Hao, X., Rensing, C. and Wei, G. (2014). Genes conferring copper resistance in Sinorhizobium meliloti CCNWSX0020 also promote the growth of Medicago lupulina in copper-contaminated soil. Appl Environ Microbiol 80(6): 1961-1971.
  31. Zhang, S., Rensing, C. and Zhu, Y. G. (2014). Cyanobacteria-mediated arsenic redox dynamics is regulated by phosphate in aquatic environments. Environ Sci Technol 48(2): 994-1000.
  32. Pal, C., Bengtsson-Palme, J., Rensing, C., Kristiansson, E. and Larsson, D. G. (2014). BacMet: antibacterial biocide and metal resistance genes database. Nucleic Acids Res 42(Database issue): D737-743.
  33. Hao, X., Mohamad, O., Xie, P., Rensing, C. and Wei, G. H. (2014). Removal of Zinc from Aqueous Solution by Metal Resistant Symbiotic Bacterium Mesorhizobium amorphae. Separ Sci Tech 49: 376-387.
  34. Hao, X., Taghavi, S., Xie, P., Orbach, M. J., Alwathnani, H. A., Rensing, C. and Wei, G. (2014). Phytoremediation of heavy and transition metals aided by legume-rhizobia symbiosis. Int J Phytoremediation 16(2): 179-202.
  35. Li, H., Li, M., Huang, Y., Rensing, C. and Wang, G. (2013). In silico analysis of bacterial arsenic islands reveals remarkable synteny and functional relatedness between arsenate and phosphate. Front Microbiol 4: 347.
  36. Kalle, E., Gulevich, A. and Rensing, C. (2013). External and semi-internal controls for PCR amplification of homologous sequences in mixed templates. J Microbiol Methods 95(2): 285-294.
  37. German, N., Doyscher, D. and Rensing, C. (2013). Bacterial killing in macrophages and amoeba: do they all use a brass dagger? Future Microbiol 8(10): 1257-1264.
  38. Zhang, S. Y., Sun, G. X., Yin, X. X., Rensing, C. and Zhu, Y. G. (2013). Biomethylation and volatilization of arsenic by the marine microalgae Ostreococcus tauri. Chemosphere 93(1): 47-53.
  39. Xie, W. Y., Huang, Q., Li, G., Rensing, C. and Zhu, Y. G. (2013). Cadmium accumulation in the rootless macrophyte Wolffia globosa and its potential for phytoremediation. Int J Phytoremediation 15(4): 385-397.
  40. Kang, Y. S., Heinemann, J., Bothner, B., Rensing, C. and McDermott, T. R. (2012). Integrated co-regulation of bacterial arsenic and phosphorus metabolisms. Environ Microbiol 14(12): 3097-3109.
  41. Wang, B., Pierson, L. S., 3rd, Rensing, C., Gunatilaka, M. K. and Kennedy, C. (2012). NasT-mediated antitermination plays an essential role in the regulation of the assimilatory nitrate reductase operon in Azotobacter vinelandii. Appl Environ Microbiol 78(18): 6558-6567.
  42. Li, X., Gong, J., Hu, Y., Cai, L., Johnstone, L., Grass, G., Rensing, C. and Wang, G. (2012). Genome sequence of the moderately halotolerant, arsenite-oxidizing bacterium Pseudomonas stutzeri TS44. J Bacteriol 194(16): 4473-4474.
  43. Kang, Y. S., Bothner, B., Rensing, C. and McDermott, T. R. (2012). Involvement of RpoN in regulating bacterial arsenite oxidation. Appl Environ Microbiol 78(16): 5638-5645.
  44. Hao, X., Xie, P., Johnstone, L., Miller, S. J., Rensing, C. and Wei, G. (2012). Genome sequence and mutational analysis of plant-growth-promoting bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens CCNWGS0286 Isolated from a zinc-lead mine tailing. Appl Environ Microbiol 78(15): 5384-5394.
  45. Liu, G., Li, X., Matty, W., Bothner, B., Kim, E. H., Wang, G., Rensing, C. and McDermott, T. R. (2012). An arsenite binding protein initiates sensing and signal transduction that regulates expression of the aox operon. Env. Microbiol. 14: 1624-1634.
  46. Gudipaty, S. A., Larsen, A. S., Rensing, C. and McEvoy, M. M. (2012). Regulation of Cu(I)/Ag(I) efflux genes in Escherichia coli by the sensor kinase CusS. FEMS Microbiol Lett 330(1): 30-37.
  47. Elguindi, J., Alwathnani, H. A. and Rensing, C. (2012). Rapid inactivation of Cronobacter sakazakii on copper alloys following periods of desiccation stress. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 28(4): 1837-1841.
  48. Ye, J., Rensing, C., Rosen, B. P. and Zhu, Y. G. (2012). Arsenic biomethylation by photosynthetic organisms. Trends Plant Sci 17(3): 155-162.
  49. Kim, E. H. and Rensing, C. (2012). Genome of halomonas strain GFAJ-1, a blueprint for fame or business as usual. J Bacteriol 194(7): 1643-1645.
  50. Huang, Y., Li, H., Rensing, C., Zhao, K., Johnstone, L. and Wang, G. (2012). Genome sequence of the facultative anaerobic arsenite-oxidizing and nitrate-reducing bacterium Acidovorax sp. strain NO1. J Bacteriol 194(6): 1635-1636.
  51. Santo, C. E., Lin, Y., Hao, X., Wei, G., Rensing, C. and Grass, G. (2012). Draft genome sequence of Pseudomonas psychrotolerans L19, isolated from copper alloy coins. J Bacteriol 194(6): 1623-1624.
  52. Li, X., Hu, Y., Gong, J., Lin, Y., Johnstone, L., Rensing, C. and Wang, G. (2012). Genome sequence of the highly efficient arsenite-oxidizing bacterium Achromobacter arsenitoxydans SY8. J Bacteriol 194(5): 1243-1244.
  53. Aguilar-Barajas, E., Jeronimo-Rodriguez, P., Ramirez-Diaz, M. I., Rensing, C. and Cervantes, C. (2012). The ChrA homologue from a sulfur-regulated gene cluster in cyanobacterial plasmid pANL confers chromate resistance. World J Microbiol Biotechnol 28(3): 865-869.
  54. Hao, X., Lin, Y., Johnstone, L., Liu, G., Wang, G., Wei, G., McDermott, T. and Rensing, C. (2012). Genome sequence of the arsenite-oxidizing strain Agrobacterium tumefaciens 5A. J Bacteriol 194(4): 903.
  55. Wang, H., Li, H., Shao, Z., Liao, S., Johnstone, L., Rensing, C. and Wang, G. (2012). Genome sequence of deep-sea manganese-oxidizing bacterium Marinobacter manganoxydans MnI7-9. J Bacteriol 194(4): 899-900.
  56. Zhu, L., Elguindi, J., Rensing, C. and Ravishankar, S. (2012). Antimicrobial activity of different copper alloy surfaces against copper resistant and sensitive Salmonella enterica. Food Microbiol 30(1): 303-310.
  57. Hao, X., Lin, Y., Johnstone, L., Baltrus, D. A., Miller, S. J., Wei, G. and Rensing, C. (2012). Draft genome sequence of plant growth-promoting rhizobium Mesorhizobium amorphae, isolated from zinc-lead mine tailings. J Bacteriol 194(3): 736-737.
  58. Lin, Y., Fan, H., Hao, X., Johnstone, L., Hu, Y., Wei, G., Alwathnani, H. A., Wang, G. and Rensing, C. (2012). Draft genome sequence of Halomonas sp. strain HAL1, a moderately halophilic arsenite-oxidizing bacterium isolated from gold-mine soil. J Bacteriol 194(1): 199-200.
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