Wenbo Ma

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  1. Ma K-W., Jiang S., Hawara E., Lee D.H., Pan S., Coaker G., Song J., Ma W. 2015. Two serine residues in Pseudomonas syringae effector HopZ1a are required for acetyltransferase activity and association with the host co-factor. New Phytologist doi: 10.1111/nph.13528.

  2. Qiao Y., Shi J., Zhai Y., Hou Y., Ma, W. 2015. Phytophthora effector targets a novel regulator of small RNA pathway in plants to promote infection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 5850-5855.


  3. Xiong Q.,Ye W.,Choi D., Wong J., Qiao Y., Tao K., Wang Y., Ma W. 2014. Phytophthora Suppressor of RNA Silencing 2 is a Conserved RxLR Effector that Promotes Infection in Soybean and Arabidopsis thaliana. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 27: 1379-1389.

  4. Wong J., Gao L., Yang Y., Zhai J., Arikit S., Yu Y., Duan S., Chan V., Xiong Q., Yan J., Li S., Liu R., Wang Y., Tang G., Meyers B.C., Chen X., Ma W. 2014. Roles of small RNAs in Soybean Defense against Phytophthora sojae Infection. The Plant Journal 79: 928-940.

  5. Ma, W. 2014 From Pathogen Recognition to plant immunity: BIK1 cROSses the divide. Cell Host & Microbe15: 253-254.

  6. Shi J., Pagliaccia D., Morgan R.L., Qiao Y., Pan S., Vidalakis G., Ma, W. 2014. Novel Diagnosis for citrus stubborn disease by detection of a Spiroplasma citri-secreted protein. Phytopathology104: 189-195.


  7. Qiao, Y., Liu, l., Xiong, Q., Flores, C., Wong, J., Shi, J., Wang, X., Liu, X., Xiang, Q., Jiang, S., Zhang, F., Wang, Y., Judelson, H. S., Chen, X. and Wenbo, M. 2013 Oomycete pathogens encode RNA silencing suppressors. Nature Genetics DOI: 10.1038/ng.2525.

  8. Jiang S., Yao J., Ma K-W., Zhou H., Song J., He S.Y., Ma W. 2013. Bacterial effector activates jasmonate signaling by directly targeting JAZ transcriptional repressors. PLoS Pathogens. 9(10): e1003715. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003715.


  9. zhou, H., Lin, J., Johnson, A., Morgan, R. L., Zhong, W. and Ma, W. 2011 Pseudomonas syringae type III effector HopZ1 targets a host enzyme to suppress isoflavone biosynthesis and promote infection in soybean. Cell Host and Microbe 9: 177186

  10. Ma, K.-W., Flores, C. and Ma, W. 2011 Chromatin configuration as a battlefield in plant-bacteria interactions. Plant Physiology 157: 535543

  11. Lewis, J.D., Lee, A., Ma, W., Zhou, H., Guttman, D.S. and Desveaux, D. 2011 The YopJ superfamily in plant-associated bacteria. Molecular Plant Pathology 12: 928-937 DOI: 10.1111/j.1364-3703.201.00719.x.

  12. Qiao, Y., Piao, R., Shi, J., Lee, S.I., Jiang, W., Kim, B.K., Lee, J., Han, L. Ma, W., and Koh, H.J. 2011 Fine mapping and candidate gene analysis of dense and erect panicle 3, DEP3, which confers high grain yield in rice (Oryza sativa L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 122: 1439-1449 DOI: 10.1007/s00122-011-1543-6.


  13. Morgan, R. L., Zhou, H., Lehto, E., Nguyen, N., Bains, A., Wang, X. and Ma, W. 2010 Catalytic domain of the diversified Pseudomonas syringae type III effector HopZ1 determines the allelic specificity in plant hosts. Molecular Microbiology 76: 437455

  14. Yang, Y., Zhao, J., Morgan, R. L., Ma, W. and Jiang, T. 2010 Computational prediction of type III secreted proteins from gram-negative bacteria. BMC Bioinformatics 11: S47


  15. Zhou, H., Morgan, R. L., Guttman, D. S. and Ma, W. 2009 Allelic variants of the Pseudomonas syringae type III effector HopZ1 are differentially recognized by plant resistance systems. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 22: 176-189


  16. Wang, H., Wang, D., Li, M., Zhou, C., Ma, W., Su, X., Liu, R. and Zhang, S. 2008 Enhanced anti-tumor immunity generated by Rituximab-coated tumor cell vaccine. Cancer Letters 268: 129-136

  17. Ma, W. and Guttman, D.S. 2008 Evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic virulence effectors. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 11: 412-419

  18. Lewis, J.D., Abada, W., Ma, W., Guttman, D.S. and Desveaux, D. 2008. The HopZ family of Pseudomonas syringae type III effectors require myristoylation for virulence and avirulence functions in Arabidopsis. Journal of Bacteriology 190: 2880-2891.

  19. Liu, J., Mao, Y., Gu, Y., Huang, M., Zhang, W., Guo, L. and Ma, W. 2008 Large irradiance limiting induced by three-photon absorption of a symmetrical fluorene-based molecule. Optics Express 16: 4739-4746

  20. Ma, W., J.D. Lewis, D. Desveaux and D.S. Guttman. 2008 Evolution and Function of the Pseudomonas syringae HopZ Type III Effector Family. In: Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions (Vol. 6). Edited by M. Lorito, S. L. Woo and F. Scala. ISBN 978-0-9654625-5-6.


  21. Zhong, Y., Zhou, C., Ma, W., Wang, D., Guo, S., Su, X. and Zhang, S. 2007 Most MCF7 and SK-OV3 cells were deprived of their stem nature by Hoechst 33342. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 364: 338-343

  22. Li, N., Qin, H., Li, X., Zhou, C., Wang, D., Ma, W., Lin, C., Zhang, Y., Wang, S. and Zhang, S. 2007 Synergistic antitumor effect of chemotactic-prostate tumor-associated antigen gene-modified tumor cell vaccine and anti-CTLA-4 mAb in murine tumor model. Immunology Letters 113: 90-98

  23. Li, N., Qin,H., Li, X., Zhou, C., Wang, D., Ma, W., Lin, C., Zhang, Y., Wang, S. and Zhang, S. 2007 Potent systemic antitumor immunity induced by vaccination with chemotactic-prostate tumor associated antigen gene-modified tumor cell and blockade of B7-H1. Journal of Clinical Immunology 27: 117-130


  24. Ma, W. Dong F.F.T, Stavrinides J. and Guttman, D.S. 2006. Type III effector diversification via both pathoadaptation and horizontal transfer in response to a coevolutionary arms race. PLoS Genetics 2: 2131-2142

  25. Lin, X., Zhou, C., Wang, S., Wang, D., Ma, W., Liang, X., Lin, C., Wang, Z., Li, J., Guo, S., Zhang, Y. and Zhang, S. 2006 Enhanced antitumor effect against human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) by vaccination with chemotactic-hTERT gene-modified tumor cell and the combination with anti-4-1BB monoclonal antibodies. International Journal of Cancer 119: 1886-1896

  26. Sun, W., Qian, H., Zhang, X., Zhou, C., Liang, X., Wang, D., Fu, M., Ma, W., Zhang, S. and Lin, C. 2006 Induction of protective and therapeutic antitumour immunity using a novel tumour-associated antigen-specific DNA vaccine. Immunology and Cell Biology 84: 440-447

  27. Stavrinides, J., Ma, W. and Guttman, D.S. 2006 Terminal reassortment drives the quantum evolution of type III effectors in bacterial pathogens. PLoS Pathogens 2: 913-921

  28. Liu, R., Zhou, C., Wang, D., Ma, W., Lin, C., Wang, Y., Liang, X., Li, J., Guo, S., Wang, Y., Zhang, Y. and Zhang, S. 2006 Enhancement of DNA vaccine potency by sandwiching antigen-coding gene between secondary lymphoid tissue chemokine (SLC) and IgG Fc fragment genes. Cancer Biology and Therapy 5: 427-434

  29. Qin, H., Zhou, C., Wang, D., Ma, W., Liang, X., Lin, C., Zhang, Y. and Zhang, S. 2006 Enhancement of antitumour immunity by a novel chemotactic antigen DNA vaccine encoding chemokines and multiepitopes of prostate-tumour-associated antigens. Immunology 117: 419-430


  30. Qin H, Zhou C, Wang D, Ma W, Liang X, Lin C, Zhang Y, Zhang S 2005 Specific antitumor immune response induced by a novel DNA vaccine composed of multiple CTL and T helper cell epitopes of prostate cancer associated antigens. Immunology Letters 99: 85-93


  31. Ma, W., Charles, T.C. and Glick, B.R. 2004 Expression of an exogenous 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase gene in Sinorhizobium meliloti increases its ability to nodulate alfalfa. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70: 5891-5897


  32. Ma, W., Guinel, F.C. and Glick, B.R.2003 Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar viciae 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase promotes nodulation of pea plants. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 69: 4396-4402

  33. Ma, W., Sebestianova, S.B., Sebestian, J., Burd, G.I., Guinel, F.C. and Glick, B.R. 2003 Prevalence of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase in Rhizobium spp. Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek 83: 285-291


  34. Ma, W., Penrose, D.M. and Glick, B.R.2002 Strategies used by rhizobia to lower plant ethylene levels and increase nodulation. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 48: 947-954
  35. Zhang, J., Ma, W. and Tan, H. 2002 Cloning, expression and characterization of a gene encoding nitroalkane-oxidizing enzyme from Streptomyces ansochromogenes. European Journal of Biochemistry 269: 6302-6307.

  36. Ma, W., Penrose, D.M. and Glick, B.R. 2002 The effect of ethylene on the nodulation of legumes. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 48: 947-954.


  37. Glick, B.R., Penrose, D.M. and Ma, W. 2001 Bacterial promotion of plant growth. Biotechnology advances 19: 135-138.

  38. Ma, W., Zalec, K. and Glick, B.R. 2001 Biological activity and colonization pattern of the bioluminescence labeled plant growth-promoting bacterium Kluyvera ascorbata SUD165/26. FEMS Microbiol Ecology 35: 137-144.


  39. Tan, H., Yang, H., Tian Y, Ma, W., and Liu, G. 1998 Structure and function of saw1- a gene related to differentiation of Streptomyces ansochromogenes. Acta Microbiologica Sinica 38: 428-434.

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