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  • Xu L.* (2018) De novo root regeneration from leaf explants: wounding, auxin, and cell fate transition. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. In press. [Invited review]

  • Sheng L.#, Hu X.#, Du Y., Zhang G., Huang H., Scheres B., Xu L.* (2017) Non-canonical WOX11-mediated root branching contributes to plasticity in Arabidopsis root system architecture. Development 144(17): 3134-3144 [link]

  • Yu J.#, Liu W.#, Liu J., Qin P.*, Xu L.* (2017) Auxin Control of Root Organogenesis from Callus in Tissue Culture. Front. Plant Sci. 8:1385 [Opinion] [link]

  • Hu B.#, Zhang G.#, Liu W.#, Shi J.#, Wang H.#, Qi M., Li J., Qin P., Ruan Y., Huang H., Zhang Y., Xu L.* (2017) Divergent regeneration-competent cells adopt a common mechanism for callus initiation in angiosperms. Regeneration 4(3):132–139. [Cover story] [link]

  • Li D.#, Liu J.#, Liu W.#, Li G., Yang Z., Qin P.*, Xu L.* (2017) The ISWI remodeler in plants: protein complexes, biochemical functions, and developmental roles. Chromosoma. 126(3):365–373 [Mini-review] [link]


  • 孙贝贝#, 刘杰#, 葛亚超#, 盛李宏, 陈吕琴, 胡小梅, 杨仲南, 黄海, 徐麟* (2016) 植物再生的研究进展. 科学通报 61(36): 3887–3902 [Science 125个科学前沿问题系列解读 How Does a Single Somatic Cell Become a Whole Plant?] [link]

  • Sun B.#, Chen L.#, Liu J., Zhang X., Yang Z., Liu W.*, Xu L.* (2016) TAA family contributes to auxin production during de novo regeneration of adventitious roots from Arabidopsis leaf explants. Sci. Bull. 61(22):1728–1731 [Letter] [link]

  • Hu X., Xu L.* (2016) Transcription factors WOX11/12 directly activate WOX5/7 to promote root primordia initiation and organogenesis. Plant Physiol. 172(4):2363-2373 [link]

  • Chen L., Sun B., Xu L.*, Liu W.* (2016) Wound signaling: the missing link in plant regeneration. Plant Sig. Behav. 11(10): e1238548 [Addenda to: J. Exp. Bot. 67(14):4273-4284][link]

  • Chen L., Tong J., Xiao L., Ruan Y., Liu J., Zeng M., Huang H., Wang J.-W., Xu L.* (2016) YUCCA-mediated auxin biogenesis is required for cell fate transition occurring during de novo root organogenesis in Arabidopsis. J. Exp. Bot. 67(14):4273-4284 [Recommended by Insights (2016) J. Exp. Bot. 67 (14): 4011-4013] [link]

  • Wang H.#, Liu C.#, Cheng J.#, Liu J., Zhang L., He C., Shen W.-H., Jin H.*, Xu L.*, Zhang Y.* (2016) Arabidopsis flower and embryo development are repressed in seedlings by different combinations of Polycomb group proteins in association with distinct sets of cis-regulatory elements. PLoS Genet. 12(1):e1005771 [link]

  • Ge Y.#, Liu J.#, Zeng M.#, He J., Qin P., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2016) Identification of WOX family genes in Selaginella kraussiana for studies on stem cells and regeneration in lycophytes. Front. Plant Sci. 7:93. [link]

  • Chen X., Cheng J., Chen L., Zhang G., Huang H., Zhang, Y., Xu L.* (2016) Auxin-independent NAC pathway acts in response to explant-specific wounding and promotes root tip emergence during de novo root organogenesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 170(4):2136-2145 [link]

  • Zeng M.#, Hu B.#, Li J.#, Zhang G., Ruan Y., Huang H., Wang H.* and Xu L.* (2016) Stem cell lineage in body layer specialization and vascular patterning of rice root and leaf. Sci. Bull. 61(11):847–858 [link]


  • Xu L.* (2015) Meristem control of leaf patterning. Science China. Life sciences. 58(3): 315-6. [Research Highlight] [link]


  • Chen X.#, Qu Y.#, Sheng L., Liu J., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2014) A simple method suitable to study de novo root organogenesis. Front. Plant Sci. 5: 208 [Methods] [link]

  • Liu J.#, Sheng L.#, Xu Y.#, Li J., Yang Z., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2014) WOX11 and 12 are involved the first-step cell fate transition during de novo root organogenesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. 26(3):1081-1093 [Recommended by In Brief Article (2014) Plant Cell 26:845] [link]

  • Xu L.* and Huang H. (2014) Genetic and epigenetic controls of plant regeneration. Curr. Top. Dev. Biol. 108: 1-33 [Invited review] [link]

  • Li G.#, Liu S.#, Wang J., He J., Huang H., Zhang Y.* and Xu L.* (2014) ISWI proteins participate in the genome-wide nucleosome distribution in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 78(4):706-714 [link]

  • Hu B., Liu B., Liu L., Liu C., Xu L.*, Ruan Y.* (2014) Epigenetic control of Pollen Ole e 1 allergen and extensin family gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. Acta Physiol Plant, 36:2203–2209 [link]


  • Chen X., Wang H., Li, J., Huang H., Xu L.* (2013) Quantitative control of ASYMMETRIC LEAVES2 expression is critical for leaf axial patterning in Arabidopsis. J. Exp. Bot. 64(16):4895-4905 [link]

  • Chen X., Huang H., Xu L.* (2013) The CaMV 35S enhancer has a function to change the histone modification state at insertion loci in Arabidopsis thaliana. J. Plant Res. 126(6):841–846 [link]

  • He C., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2013) Mechanisms guiding Polycomb activities during gene silencing in Arabidopsis thaliana. Front. Plant Sci. 4:454 [Mini review] [link]

  • Dong J.#, Gao Z.#, Liu S.#, Li G., Yang Z., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2013) SLIDE, the protein interacting domain of ISWI remodelers, binds DDT-domain proteins of different subfamilies in chromatin remodeling complexes. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 55 (10): 928-37 [Cover story] [link]


  • He C., Chen X., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2012) Reprogramming of H3K27me3 is critical for acquisition of pluripotency from cultured Arabidopsis tissues. PLoS Genet. 8(8): e1002911 [link] [Recommended by F1000]

  • Li G.#, Zhang J.#, Li, J. Yang Z., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2012) Imitation Switch chromatin remodeling factors and their interacting RINGLET proteins act together in controlling the plant vegetative phase in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 72(2):261-70 [link]

  • Li Y., Pi L., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2012) ATH1 and KNAT2 proteins act together in regulation of plant inflorescence architecture. J. Exp. Bot. 63(3):1423-1433 [link]

  • Yao X., Huang H. and Xu L.* (2012) In situ detection of mature miRNAs in plants using LNA-modified DNA probes. Methods Mol. Biol. 883:143-54 [link]


  • Wang W., Xu B., Wang H., Li J., Huang H., Xu L.* (2011) YUCCA genes are expressed in response to leaf adaxial-abaxial juxtaposition and are required for leaf margin development. Plant Physiol. 157(4):1805-1819. [link]