Zhiyong Wang Acting Director, Senior Staff Scientist Department of Plant Biology Carnegie Institution for Science 260 Panama Street Stanford, CA 94305 Phone: (650) 739-4205 Fax: (650) 325-6857 Email: email@example.comPublications | PeopleLab TabsOur Research Research Interests Research in my lab strives to achieve a deep understanding of the cellular signaling mechanisms that control plant growth and responses to the environment, with a long-term goal of engineering plants with improved productivity and resilience to environmental stresses. Plant growth is highly modulated by environmental signals (e.g. light, temperature, pathogen), endogenous hormones (e.g. brassinosteroid, auxin, gibberellic acid, and abscisic acid (ABA), and sugar (the product of photosynthesis). We use a combination of proteomic and genomic approaches to dissect the molecular networks that integrate these environmental and endogenous signals with gene transcription, protein translation and modification, and cellular membrane organization, which underly cell division, cell expansion, immunity, and stress responses. Current research projects focus on the functions of BSU family phosphatase and the GSK3 kinase in receptor kinase signaling pathways, nutrient/sugar sensing via protein O-glycosylation (O-GlcNAc and O-fucose), and signal crosstalk between hormone-induced protein phosphorylation and nutrient-dependent protein glycosylation. We study the model organisms of Arabidopsis and Chlamydomonas as well as maize. 1. The brassinosteroid (BR) signaling pathway - the best-studied receptor kinase pathway in plants. BR is a growth-promoting hormone that has major effects on plant size and biomass accumulation. BR regulates a wide range of developmental and physiological processes, including seed germination, cell elongation, growth, flowering, light responses, photosynthesis, and stress tolerance. Research on BR has great potential of increasing crop yield. The BR signaling pathway is the best characterized receptor kinase pathway in plants. BR is perceived by the cell-surface receptor kinase BRI1 (Figure 1), which contains an extracellular leucine-rich repeat domain and a cytoplasmic serine/threonine kinase domain. BR binding to the extracellular domain of BRI1 activates its kinase and initiates a signaling cascade leading to regulation of gene expression in the nucleus. This signaling cascade includes the BR-signaling kinases (BSKs), the PP1-like phosphatase BSU1, the GSK3-like kinase BIN2, and protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), the phosphopeptide-binding 14-3-3 proteins, and the homologous transcription factors BZR1 and BZR2 (also named BES1). When BR level is high, BRI1 phosphorylates BSKs/CDG1 kinases which in turn phosphorylate BSU1. BSU1 dephosphorylates BIN2 to inhibit its kinase activity and to increase its ubiquitination mediated by the KIB1 E3 ubiquitin ligase. As such, BR induces rapid dephosphorylation BZR1 and BZR2/BES1 by PP2A and accumulation in the nucleus. BZR1 and BZR2 directly regulate the expression of thousands of target genes. Our works have established the BR signaling pathway as the best-understood receptor-kinase signaling pathway in plants. We have identified hundreds of substrates of the BIN2 kinase and dozens of interactors of BSL1 and BSL2, using TurboID proximity labeling and phosphoproteomics. We are studying the functions of these protein interactions using genetic and synthetic biology approaches. We currently focus on the following questions: 1. How does GSK3 kinase BIN2 regulate its substrates involved in RNA splicing, translation, vesicle trafficking, and cell wall integrity? 2. How do the BSU family phosphatases regulate cell division, vesicle trafficking, and mediate signal transduction from other receptor kinases such as immune receptors? 3. How do receptor kinases maintain cell wall integrity? Figure 1) 2. Signal crosstalk and Integration of multiple pathways into networks We have further gained insight into the molecular mechanisms that integrate BR with other major growth-regulation signals, including gibberellin (GA), auxin, light, temperature, pathogen signals, and nutrient signals. Using modern genomic approaches of RNA-Seq and ChIP-Seq, we have identified thousands of genes directly regulated by BZR1, the light-regulated transcription factor PIF4, and the auxin response factor 6 (ARF6). These genome-wide targets not only identify diverse cellular and developmental functions controlled by these signaling pathways, but also revealed extensive overlaps among the target genes these distinct transcription factors. We further discovered that these TFs directly interact with each other and also interact with the gibberellin (GA) signaling DELLA proteins. Our research has thus revealed a central growth-regulation (CGR) network that integrates multiple hormonal, environmental, and nutritional signals for regulation of shoot growth in plants (Figure 2). Our studies of root growth regulation uncovered a gradient of BR signal along the developmental gradient of stem cell differentiation and an antagonistic relationship between BR and auxin in regulating gene expression and cell elongation (Figure 3). Figure 2) 3. Proteomic studies of signaling networks controlling growth and acclimation. An emerging focus of the lab is proteomic studies of sugar signaling mechanisms and sugar-hormone crosstalk. Sugar signaling through protein modification by O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc), catalyzed by O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) is an essential cellular regulatory mechanism in all eukaryotes. Arabidopsis has two OGT homologs: SPINDLY (SPY) and SECRET AGENT (SEC). Double spy sec mutants are embryo lethal, indicating their essential functions. Recent studies have shown that SPY is an O-fucosyl transferase, whereas SEC is an OGT. We are the first lab in the world that has reported proteomic profiling of O-GlcNAc modifications in plants and we have identified 262 O-GlcNAcylated proteins in Arabidopsis. These are mostly nuclear proteins with regulatory functions including key components of hormonal pathways, and many of them are also phosphorylated in response to BR. We have also identified hundreds of O-fucosylated proteins. These studies are expanding the posttranslational modification networks through which sugar and hormones regulate plant growth and development. Currently, we are working on the following questions: (1) How do O-GlcNAc and O-fucose modifications regulate proteins involved in transcription, alternative RNA splicing, translation? (2) How do sugar and steroid signals co-regulate plant growth through crosstalk between O-glycosylation and phosphorylation? (3) How do sugar and steroid signals co-regulate RNA splicing, protein translation, stress responses, and primary metabolism through phosphorylation and glycosylation of common target proteins? Figure 3) Review papers Chaiwanon J, Wang W, Zhu JY, Oh E, Wang ZY. (2016) Information Integration and Communication in Plant Growth Regulation. Cell 164(6):1257-68.Wang W, Bai MY, Wang ZY. (2014). The brassinosteroid signaling network – a paradigm of signal integration. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 21:147–153 .Wang W and Wang ZY. (2014). At the intersection of plant growth and immunity. Cell Host Microbe 15, 400–402.Zhu JY, Sae-Seaw J, Wang ZY. (2013). Brassinosteroid signalling. Development. 140, 1615-1620.Wang ZY, Bai MY, Oh E, Zhu JY (2012). Brassinosteroid signaling network and regulation of photomorphogenesis. Annu. Rev. Genet. 46:701-724.Kim TW and Wang ZY. (2010) Brassinosteroid signal transduction from receptor kinases to transcription factors. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol.61, 681-704. News Feb 11 2021 A plant’s nutrient-sensing abilities can modulate its response to environmental stress By Carnegie HQ Palo Alto, CA— Understanding how plants respond to stressful environmental conditions is crucial to developing effective strategies for protecting important agricultural crops from a changing climate. New research led by Carnegie’s Zhiyong Wang, ... Jul 24 2008 Plant Steroids Offer New Paradigm for How Hormones Work By Carnegie HQ Stanford, CA —Steroids bulk up plants just as they do human athletes, but the playbook of molecular signals that tell the genes to boost growth and development in plant cells is far more complicated than in human and animal cells. A new study by ... Jan 26 2005 New puzzle-piece shows how growth hormones work in plants By Carnegie HQ Contact Zhi-Yong Wang at Carnegie's Department of Plant Biology, 650-325-1521 ext. 205, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Copies of the embargoed paper may be obtained from the AAAS at 202-326-6440, or email@example.com Stanford, CA – Both plant ... Lab PI Zhiyong Wang Acting Director & Senior Staff Scientist Plant BiologyCarnegie Institution for Science firstname.lastname@example.org 650-739-4205 Office: 260 Panama StreetStanford, CA 94305, US  ProfileBioI am interested in how hormones regulate plant growth according to endogenous nutrient and energy status and environmental conditions. We use broad research approaches to dissect the molecular mechanisms by which plants perceive, transduce, and integrate internal and external signals into cellular decisions to divide, expand, differentiate, defend, or acclimate. Our goal is to understand the signaling and regulatory networks and to generate knowledge that enables engineering plants with enhanced yield and resilience. AffiliationAffiliation: DPB FacultyDPB EmployeesOperational Division: DPB AdministrationLabs: Wang Lab Teaching Websites Lab Members Yang Bi (Postdoctoral Fellow) Ajeet Chaudhary (Postdoctoral Fellow) Qufei Gu (Postdoctoral Research Scientist)I am from Suzhou (Soochow), China. I received the B.S. degree in Physics from Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, in 2011, the M.S. degree in Physics from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, United States, in 2014, the Ph.D. degree in Biological Engineering & Small-Scale Technologies from University of California, Merced, United States in 2019. I am interested in the development of single-molecule tool in exploring DNA-protein interactions. In my spare time, I play basketball, soccer and crabbings. Shenheng Guan (Senior Investigator) Sumudu Karunadasa (Postdoctoral Fellow)I received my B.Sc. degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka. I graduated from University of Kentucky, USA in Plant Molecular Biology. I am interested in discovering plant molecular mechanisms. Kevin Li (Research Assistant) Evan Saldivar (Graduate Student)I graduated from UC San Diego in 2019 with a major in Molecular Biology and a minor in Mathematics. My previous research focused on small-molecule specialized metabolism in maize (Zea mays) roots, with a specific focus on terpenoid biochemistry. I am broadly interested in plant biochemistry, as well as the application and development of new techniques, both experimental and computational. I am starting a PhD in Stanford's Biology Department in Fall 2020, and am excited to engage with the broader scientific community, at both Stanford and the Carnegie Institute! Frej Tulin (Postdoctoral Fellow)I am interested in how plants coordinate cell growth and division. Brassinosteroid (BR) hormones are known for their growth-promoting activity, but also help regulate cell division in certain tissues. I am exploring mechanistic links between BR signaling and cell division, using Arabidopsis and the alga Chlamydomonas as models. I received a M.S. from KTH in Stockholm, Sweden, and a Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University. I like running and ping pong. Jay Yung (Lab Technician) Zhenzhen Zhang (Postdoctoral Fellow)I am interested in mechanisms of plant growth regulated by sugar and brassinosteroid signaling. Hongliang Zhang (Postdoctoral Fellow) Former Lab Members and Current Affiliation Postdoc/Graduate Students: Joshua Gendron, Assistant Professor, Yale University, USA Ying Sun, Professor, Hebei Normal University, China Soo-Hwan Kim, Professor, Yonsei University, Korea Junxian He, Assistant Professor, the Chinese University of Hong Kong Srinivas Gampala, Dow Agrosciences, USA Wenqiang Tang, Professor, Hebei Normal University, China Yu Sun, Professor, Hebei Normal University, China Zhiping Deng, Group leader, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China Tae-Wuk Kim, Associate Professor, Hanyang U. Korea Wenhui Lin, Research Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China Eunkyoo Oh, Korea University, Korea Shouling Xu, Director of Proteomics at the Carnegie Institution for Science Wenfei Wang, Professor, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University Xuelian Yang, Associate Professor, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University Sunita Patil, Lab Manager, Stanford University Juthamas Chaiwanon, Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn U., Thailand Mingyi Bai, Professor, Shandong University, China Min Fan, Assistant Professor, Shandong University, China Chih-Wei Chien, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Taiwan Thomas Hartwig, Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany Gisele Passaia, Scientist, University of British Columbia, Canada Shouling Xu, Director of Proteomics Facility, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA Chan Ho Park, Chief Scientific Officer, Soilcea, Florida Veder Garcia, Seer, Inc, California Kanako Bessho-Uehara, Assistant Professor, Tohoku University, Japan Chuan-Chih Hsu, Research Specialist, Institute of Plant and Microbile Biology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan Visiting Scholars/Students: Ulrich Kutschera, Chair and Professor, University of Kassel, Germany (2007-) Ruiju Wang, Postdoc, Hebei Normal U. China (2007-2009) Yaqi Hao, Research Associate, Shannxi Normal U. China (2008-2011) Jianxiu Shang, Research Associate, Hebei Normal U. China (2009-2011) Hongjuan Yang, Graduate program director, Institute of Botany, CAS (2009-2010) Rafael Augusto, Federal Univers. Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil (2010-2011) Hak-Soo Lee, Student, Yonsei U. Korea Yang Bai, Student, Northeast U. China Shuolei Bu, Graduate Student. China Jiangshu Liu, Postdoc, U. Toronto, Canada Min Yuan, Assistant Professor, Hebei Sci Tech U. China Tian Li, Lecturer, Lanzhou U. China Peng Xu, Postdoc, UCSF Hui Yang, Professor and Director, Lanzhou Institute of Biology, China Zhiguang Zhao, Professor, Lanzhou University, China Tonglin Mao, Professor, China Agriculture U. Shengwei Zhu, Group Leader, Institute of Botany, CAS, China Yunyuan Xu, Professor and Group Leader, Institute of Botany, CAS, China Chuangqi Wei, Hebei Normal University, China Lauro Bücker Neto, Federal Univers. Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil Shumin Wang, University of British Columbia, Canada Shengwei Zhang, Visiting scholar, Hebei Normal University, China Man Ao, The Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, China Nathaphan Aursuwanna, Chulalongkorn Unversity., Thailand Yingying Cao, Danforth Center Benjamin Al, Technical University of Munich Erika Frydrych, Visiting Graduate Student, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Ning Li, Professor, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Tae-Wuk, Kim, Professor, Hanyang University, Korea Marcia Margis-Pinheiro, Professor, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Undergraduate or high school students (send Zhiyong your contact if your name is missing): Nathan Gendron Chad Tang, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Timothy Chang, Department of Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine Allen Tang Asif Haque, Associate Director, Quality Assurance at Denali Therapeutics Catherine Qing Sun, UCSF Medical School; Jasmine Chen, UC Berkeley School of Optometry Joyce Xue, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Jemma Taylor, University of Warwick, UK Nathan Hsu, Cooper & Dunham LLP Emily Luise Hulme, University of Melbourne Andrew Ma, Cal Tech; Daniel Li, Fellow, Stanford Medical School. Dasha Savage, Stanford Medical School Tina Wang, USC Nicole Xu, UC Berkeley Matthew Webb Maia Granoski Sola Takahashi, UC San Diego PublicationsSelected Publications (see full publication list at: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DSbbGNIAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao) Major Reviews: Chaiwanon J, Wang W, Zhu JY, Oh E, Wang ZY. (2016) Information Integration and Communication in Plant Growth Regulation. Cell 164(6):1257-68. Wang W, Bai MY, Wang ZY.(2014). The brassinosteroid signaling network – a paradigm of signal integration. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 21:147–153. Zhu JY, Sae-Seaw J, Wang ZY (2013). Brassinosteroid signalling. Development 140, 1615-1620. Wang ZY, Bai MY, Oh E, Zhu JY (2012). Brassinosteroid signaling network and regulation of photomorphogenesis. Annu. Rev. Genet. 46:701-724. Kim TW and Wang ZY. (2010) Brassinosteroid signal transduction from receptor kinases to transcription factors. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol. 61, 681-704. Research articles Chan Ho Park, Yang Bi, Ji-Hyun Youn, So-Hee Kim, Jung-Gun Kim, Nicole Y. Xu, Ruben Shrestha, Alma L Burlingame, Shou-Ling Xu, Mary Beth Mudgett, Seong-Ki Kim, Tae-Wuk Kim & Zhi-Yong Wang (2022). Deconvoluting signals downstream of growth and immune receptor kinases by phosphocodes of the BSU1 family phosphatases. Nat Plant. Accepted. Zhi-Liang Yue, Ning Liu, Zhi-Ping Deng, Yu Zhang, Zhi-Ming Wu, Ji-Long Zhao, Ying Sun, Zhi-Yong Wang, Sheng-Wei Zhang (2022). The receptor kinase OsWAK11 monitors cell wall pectin changes to fine-tune brassinosteroid signaling and regulate cell elongation in rice. Curr Biol 2022 Apr 30;S0960-9822(22)00597-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2022.04.028. Yang Bi, Zhiping Deng, Weimin Ni, Zhenzhen Zhang, Dasha Savage, Thomas Hartwig, Sunita Patil, Juan A. Oses-Prieto, Kathy H. Li, Peter H Quail, Alma L Burlingame, Shou-Ling Xu, and Zhi-Yong Wang (2021). Arabidopsis ACINUS is O-glycosylated and regulates transcription and alternative splicing of regulators of reproductive transitions. Nature Communication. Garcia VJ, Xu SL, Ravikumar R, Wang W, Elliott L, Fesenko M, Altmann M, Falter-Braun P, Moore I, Assaad F, Wang ZY. (2020) TRIPP Is a Plant-specific Component of the Arabidopsis TRAPPII Membrane Trafficking Complex with Important Roles in Plant Development. Plant Cell. May 5:tpc.00044.2020. doi: 10.1105/tpc.20.00044. PMID: 32371545 Park CH, Youn JH, Xu SL, Kim JG, Bi Y, Xu N, Mudgett MB, Kim SK, Kim TW, & Wang ZY. (2019) BSU1 family phosphatases mediate Flagellin-FLS2 signaling through a specific phosphocode. BioRxiv doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/685610. Kim TW, Park CH, Hsu CC, Zhu JY, Hsiao Y, Branon T, Xu SL, Ting AY, and Wang ZY. (2019) Application of TurboID-mediated proximity labeling for mapping a GSK3 kinase signaling network in Arabidopsis. BioRxiv, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/636324. Sun L, Feraru E, Feraru MI, Waidmann S, Wang W, Passaia G, Wang ZY, Wabnik K, Kleine-Vehn J. (2020). PIN-LIKES Coordinate Brassinosteroid Signaling with Nuclear Auxin Input in Arabidopsis thaliana. Curr Biol. 30(9):1579-1588.e6. PMID: 32169207 Guo Z, Zhang Z, Yang X, Yin K, Chen Y, Zhang Z, Shin K, Zhu Q, Wang ZY, Wang W. (2020). PSBR1, encoding a mitochondrial protein, is regulated by brassinosteroid in moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis). Plant Mol Biol. 103(1-2):63-74. PMID: 32040757 Zhang X, Wu J, Yu Q, Liu R, Wang ZY, Sun Y. (2020). AtOFPs Regulate Cell Elongation by Modulating Microtubule Orientation via Direct Interaction with TONNEAU2. Plant Sci. 292:110405. PMID: 32005401 Zhao JL, Zhang LQ, Liu N, Xu SL, Yue ZL, Zhang LL, Deng ZP, Burlingame AL, Sun DY, Wang ZY, Sun Y, Zhang SW (2019). Mutual Regulation of Receptor-Like Kinase SIT1 and B'κ-PP2A Shapes the Early Response of Rice to Salt Stress. Plant Cell. 31(9):2131-2151. doi: 10.1105/tpc.18.00706. PMID: 31221736 Kim EJ, Lee SH, Park CH, Kim SH, Hsu CC, Xu S, Wang ZY, Kim SK, Kim TW. (2019). Plant U-Box40 Mediates Degradation of the Brassinosteroid-Responsive Transcription Factor BZR1 in Arabidopsis Roots. Plant Cell 31(4):791-808. doi: 10.1105/tpc.18.00941 Song L, Chen W, Wang B, Yao QM, Valliyodan B, Bai MY, Zhao MZ, Ye H, Wang ZY, Nguyen HT. (2019) GmBZL3 acts as a major BR signaling regulator through crosstalk with multiple pathways in Glycine max. 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