Zheng-Hua Ye
Professor
Office: 
Plant Sciences, Rm 3607
Phone Number:  706-542-1832
Fax: 
706-542-1805
Office/Lab:  Plant Sciences, Rm 3604
Phone Number: 
706-542-5622
Education: 

Ph.D Plant Cell and Molecular Genetics, Washington University 1994

Research Projects: 

My research interests center on uncovering the molecular mechanisms underlying the biosynthesis of secondary cell walls and the transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in plants.

Grant Support: 
  • Transcriptional regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis, NSF, 3/1/11—2/28/14.
  • Regulation of wood formation in poplar, USDA, 1/15/10--1/14/13.
  • Secondary wall formation in fiber cells, DOE, 8/15/09--8/14/12.
  • Transcriptional regulation of secondary wall biosynthesis, NSF, 3/1/08—2/29/12.
Of Note: 
  • Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching award, University of Georgia, 2007
Selected Publications: 

 

  • Zhong, R., Teng, Q., Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2014). Identification of a disaccharide side chain 2-O-a-D-galactopyranosyl-a-D-glucuronic acid in Arabidopsis xylan. Plant Signal. Behav.  e27933.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2014). Functional roles of rice glycosyltransferase family GT43 genes in xylan biosynthesis. Plant Signal. Behav.  e27809.
  • Zhong, R. and Ye, Z.-H. (2014). Transcriptional regulation of biosynthesis of cell wall components during xylem cell differenitation. In Plant Cell Wall Patterning and Cell Shape, Fukuda H. ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2014). Alterations of the degree of xylan acetylation in Arabidopsis xylan mutants. Plant Signal. Behav.  e27797.
  • Yuan, Y., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2014). Identification and biochemical characterization of three wood-associated glucuronoxylan methyltransferase genes in Populus. PLoS ONE (in press).
  • Yuan, Y., Teng, Q., Lee, C., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2014). Modification of the degree of 4-O-methylation of secondary wall glucuronoxylan. Plant Sci. (in press).
  • Zhong, R., McCarthy, R.L., Haghighat, M., and Ye, Z.-H. (2013). The poplar MYB master switches bind to the SMRE site and activate the secondary wall biosynthetic program during wood formation. PLoS ONE 8, e69219.
  • Yuan, Y., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2013). The Arabidopsis DUF231 domain-containing protein ESK1 is required for O-2 and O-3 acetylation of xylan. Plant Cell Physiol.  54, 1186-1199.
  • Zhong, R. and Ye, Z.-H. (2013). Transcriptional regulation of wood formation in tree species. In Cellular Aspects of Wood Formation, Fromm J. ed., Springer-Verlag.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., Yuan, Y., Haghighat, M. and Ye, Z.-H. (2012). Three Arabidopsis DUF579 domain-containing GXM proteins are methyltransferases catalyzing 4-O-methylation of glucuronic acid on xylan. Plant Cell Physiol.  53, 1934-1949.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2012). Arabidopsis GUX proteins are glucuronyltransferases responsible for the addition of glucuronic acid side chains onto xylan. Plant Cell Physiol.  53, 1204-1216.
  • Lee, C., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2012). Biochemical characterization of xylan xylosyltransferases involved in wood formation in poplar. Plant Signal. Behav. 7, 332-337.
  • Zhong, R. and Ye, Z.-H. (2012). MYB46 binds to the SMRE sites and directly activates a suite of transcription factors and secondary wall biosynthetic genes. Plant Cell Physiol. 53, 368-380.
  • Lee, C., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2012). Arabidopsis family GT43 members are xylan xylosyltransferases required for the elongation of the xylan backbone. Plant Cell Physiol.  53, 135-143.
  • Zhong, R., Lee, C., McCarthy, R.L., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). Transcriptional activation of secondary wall biosynthesis by rice and maize NAC and MYB transcription factors. Plant Cell Physiol. 52, 1856-1871.
  • McCarthy, R.L., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). Secondary wall NAC binding element (SNBE), a key cis-acting element required for target gene activation by secondary wall NAC master switches. Plant Signal. Behav. 6, 1282-1285.
  • Zhong, R., McCarthy, R.L., Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). Dissection of the transcriptional program regulating secondary wall biosynthesis during wood formation in poplar. Plant Physiol. 157, 1452-1468.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). The four Arabidopsis REDUCED WALL ACETYLATION genes are expressed in secondary wall-containing cells and required for the acetylation of xylan. Plant Cell Physiol. 52, 1289-1301.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). Molecular dissection of xylan biosynthesis during wood formation in poplar. Molecular Plant (in press).
  • Zhong, R., McCarthy, R.L., and Ye, Z.-H. (2011). Secondary wall NAC binding element (SNBE), a key cis-acting element required for secondary wall biosynthesis. Plant Signaling Behavior (accepted).
  • Zhong, R., Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). Global analysis of direct targets of secondary wall NAC master switches in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant 3, 1087-1103
  • Zhong, R. Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). Evolutionary conservation of the transcriptional network regulating secondary cell wall biosynthesis. Trends Plant Sci. 15, 625-631
  • Demura, T., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010) Regulation of plant biomass production. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 13, 299-304
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010) The Arabidopsis Family GT43 Glycosyltransferases Form Two Functionally Non-redundant Groups Essential for the Elongation of Glucuronoxylan Backbone. Plant Physiology 153, 526-541
  • Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010) The poplar PtrWNDs are transcriptional activators of secondary cell wall biosynthesis. Plant Signaling & Behavior 5, 469-472
  • Zhong, R., Lee, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). Functional characterization of poplar wood-associated NAC domain transcription factors. Plant Physiol. (DOI:10.1104/pp.109.148270).
  • McCarthy, R.L., Zhong, R., Fowler, S., Lyskowski, D., Piyasena, H., Carleton, K., Spicer, C., and Ye, Z.-H. (2010). The poplar MYB transcription factors, PtrMYB3 and PtrMYB20, are involved in the regulation of secondary wall biosynthesis. Plant Cell Physiology 51, 1084-1090
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). The poplar GT8E and GT8F glycosyltransferases are functional orthologs of Arabidopsis PARVUS involved in glucuronoxylan biosynthesis. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 1982-1987.
  • McCarthy, R.L., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). MYB83 is a direct target of SND1 and act redundantly with MYB46 in the regulation of secondary wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 1950-1964.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). The F8H glycosyltransferase is a functional paralog of FRA8 involved in glucuronoxylan biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 812-827.
  • Zhou, J., Lee, C., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). MYB58 and MYB63 are transcriptional activators of the lignin biosynthetic pathway during secondary cell wall formation in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 21, 248-266.
  • Zhong, R. and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). Transcriptional regulation of lignin biosynthesis. Plant Signaling Behavior 4, 1028-1034.
  • Lee, C., Teng, Q., Huang, W., Zhong, R., and Ye, Z.-H. (2009). Downregulation of PoGT47C expression in poplar results in a reduced glucuronoxylan content and an increased wood digestibility by cellulase. Plant Cell Physiol. 50, 1075-1089.
  • Zhong, R., Lee, C., Zhou, J., McCarthy, R.L., and Ye, Z.-H. (2008). A battery of transcription factors involved in the regulation of secondary cell wall biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 20, 2763-2782.