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Oliva R., Ji C., Atienza-Grande G., Huguet-Tapia J.C., Pérez-Quintéro A., Li T., Eom J.S., Li C., Nguyen H., Liu B., Cunnac S., Slamet-Luedin I.H., Vera Cruz C., Szurek B., Frommer W.B., White F.F. & Yang B. (2019) Genome editing for broad-spectrum resistance against rice bacterial blight. Nature Biotechnology.

Eom J.S., Luo D., Atienza-Grande G., Yang J., Ji C., Luu V.T., Huguet-Tapia J.C., Liu B., Nguyen H., Schmidt S.M., Szurek B., Vera Cruz C., White F.F., Oliva R., Yang B. & Frommer W.B.(2019) Toolbox for detecting and implementing rice blight resistance based on variation in SWEET promoters. Nature Biotechnology.

Chenhao Li, Chonghui Ji, Jose C. Huguet-Tapia, Frank White, Hansong Dong, Bing Yang (2019) An efficient method to clone TAL effector genes from Xanthomonas oryzae using Gibson assembly. Molecular Plant Pathology.

Doucouré H, Pérez-Quintero AL, Reshetnyak G, Tekete C, Auguy F, Thomas E, Koebnik R, Szurek B, Koita O, Verdier V, Cunnac S. (2018) Functional and Genome Sequence-Driven Characterization of tal Effector Gene Repertoires Reveals Novel Variants With Altered Specificities in Closely Related Malian Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzaeStrains. Front Microbiol. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.01657.

Lang JM, Pérez-Quintero AL, Koebnik R, DuCharme E, Sarra S, Doucoure H, Keita I, Ziegle J, Jacobs JM, Oliva R, Koita O, Szurek B, Verdier V & Leach JE. (2019). A Pathovar of Xanthomonas oryzae Infecting Wild Grasses Provides Insight Into the Evolution of Pathogenicity in Rice Agroecosystems. Front Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00507.

Perez-Quintero AL, Szurek B. (2019). A Decade Decoded: Spies and Hackers in the History of TAL Effectors Research. Annu Rev Phytopathol. 2019 Aug 25;57:459-481. doi: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-082718-100026.

Peng Z, Hu Y, Zhang J, Huguet-Tapia JC, Block A, Park S, Sapkota S, Liu Z, Liu S, White FF (2019) Xanthomonas translucens commandeers the host rate-limiting step in ABA biosynthesis for disease susceptibility. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) in press.


Sosso D., Chen L.Q. & Frommer W.B. (2018) The SWEET glucoside transporter family. In: Encyl. Biophysics, (Roberts G., Ed.), Springer. online first in SpringerLink (not publically accessible yet).

Bezrutczyk M., Yang J., Eom J.S., Prior M., Sosso D., Hartwig T., Szurek B., Oliva R., Vera-Cruz C., White F.F., Yang B. & Frommer W.B. (2018) Sugar flux and signaling in plant microbe interactions. Plant J. 93, 675-685 (PMID: 29160592; DOI: 10.1111/tpj.13775).

Yang J., Luo D., Yang B., Frommer W.B. & Eom J.S. (2018) SWEET11 and 15 as key players in seed filling in rice. Published in 2017 in: New Phytol. 218, 604-615 (PMID:29393510; DOI: 10.1111/nph.15004).

Tran TT, Pérez-Quintero AL, Wonni I, Carpenter SCD, Yu Y, Wang L, Leach JE,Verdier V, Cunnac S, Bogdanove AJ, Koebnik R, Hutin M, Szurek B. Functionalanalysis of African Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae TALomes reveals a newsusceptibility gene in bacterial leaf blight of rice. PLoS Pathog. 2018 Jun4;14(6):e1007092. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1007092. eCollection 2018 Jun. PubMed

Schandry N, Jacobs JM, Szurek B, Perez-Quintero AL. A cautionary TALE: howplant breeding may have favoured expanded TALE repertoires in Xanthomonas. MolPlant Pathol. 2018 Jun;19(6):1297-1301. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12670. PubMed

Pérez-Quintero AL, Lamy L, Zarate CA, Cunnac S, Doyle E, Bogdanove A, SzurekB, Dereeper A. daTALbase: A Database for Genomic and Transcriptomic Data Related to TAL Effectors. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2018 Apr;31(4):471-480. doi:10.1094/MPMI-06-17-0153-FI. Epub 2018 Feb 14.


Zuluaga P, Szurek B, Koebnik R, Kroj T, Morel JB. Effector Mimics and Integrated Decoys, the Never-Ending Arms Race between Rice and Xanthomonasoryzae. Front Plant Sci. 2017 Mar 28;8:431. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00431.eCollection 2017. Review. PubMed PMID: 28400786;

Wang L, Rinaldi FC, Singh P, Doyle EL, Dubrow ZE, Tran TT, Pérez-Quintero AL, Szurek B, Bogdanove AJ. TAL Effectors Drive Transcription Bidirectionally inPlants. Mol Plant. 2017 Feb 13;10(2):285-296. doi: 10.1016/j.molp.2016.12.002.Epub 2016 Dec 10. undefinedPubMed


Hutin M, Césari S, Chalvon V, Michel C, Tran TT, Boch J, Koebnik R, Szurek B, Kroj T. Ectopic activation of the rice NLR heteropair RGA4/RGA5 confersresistance to bacterial blight and bacterial leaf streak diseases. Plant J. 2016 Oct;88(1):43-55. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13231. Epub 2016 Aug 18.

Quibod IL, Perez-Quintero A, Booher NJ, Dossa GS, Grande G, Szurek B, VeraCruz C, Bogdanove AJ, Oliva R. Effector Diversification Contributes toXanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae Phenotypic Adaptation in a Semi-IsolatedEnvironment. Sci Rep. 2016 Sep 26;6:34137. doi: 10.1038/srep34137. undefinedPubMed

Blanvillain-Baufumé S, Reschke M, Solé M, Auguy F, Doucoure H, Szurek B,Meynard D, Portefaix M, Cunnac S, Guiderdoni E, Boch J, Koebnik R. Targetedpromoter editing for rice resistance to Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae revealsdifferential activities for SWEET14-inducing TAL effectors. Plant Biotechnol J.2017 Mar;15(3):306-317. doi: 10.1111/pbi.12613. Epub 2016 Dec 17. undefinedPubMed

J. C. Huguet-Tapia, Z. Peng, B. Yang, Z. Yin, S. Liu, F. F. White. Complete Genome Sequence of the African Strain AXO1947 of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. Genome Announcements 2016 Feb 11;4(1). pii: e01730-15. undefineddoi: 10.1128/genomeA.01730-15


Char SN, Unger-Wallace E, Frame B, Briggs SA, Main M, Spalding MH, Vollbrecht E, Wang K, Yang B. Heritable site-specific mutagenesis using TALENs in maize. Plant Biotechnol J. 2015 Feb 3.

Zhou J, Peng Z, Long J, Sosso D, Liu B, Eom JS, Huang S, Liu S, Vera Cruz C, Frommer WB, White FF, Yang B. Gene targeting by the TAL effector PthXo2 reveals cryptic resistance gene for bacterial blight of rice. Plant J. 2015;82(4):632-43. undefinedPubMed

Chen LQ, Lin IW, Qu XQ, Sosso D, McFarlane HE, Londoño A, Samuels AL4, Frommer WB1. A cascade of sequentially expressed sucrose transporters in the seed coat and endosperm provides nutrition for the Arabidopsis embryo. Plant Cell. 2015;27(3):607-19. undefinedPubMed

Zeng X, Tian D, Gu K, Zhou Z, Yang X, Luo Y, White FF, Yin Z. Genetic engineering of the Xa10 promoter for broad-spectrum and durable resistance to Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. Plant Biotechnol J. 2015 Feb 3. undefinedPubMed

Wang C, Zhang X, Fan Y, Gao Y, Zhu Q, Zheng C, Qin T, Li Y, Che J, Zhang M, Yang B, Liu Y, Zhao K. XA23 is an executor R protein and confers broad-spectrum disease resistance in rice. Mol Plant. 2015;8(2):290-302. undefinedPubMed

Hutin M, Sabot F, Ghesquière A, Koebnik R, Szurek B. A knowledge-basedmolecular screen uncovers a broad-spectrum OsSWEET14 resistance allele tobacterial blight from wild rice. Plant J. 2015 Nov;84(4):694-703. doi:10.1111/tpj.13042. undefinedPubMed

Pérez-Quintero AL, Lamy L, Gordon JL, Escalon A, Cunnac S, Szurek B, GagnevinL. QueTAL: a suite of tools to classify and compare TAL effectors functionallyand phylogenetically. Front Plant Sci. 2015 Aug 3;6:545. doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00545. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID: 26284082;

Hutin M, Pérez-Quintero AL, Lopez C, Szurek B. MorTAL Kombat: the story ofdefense against TAL effectors through loss-of-susceptibility. Front Plant Sci.2015 Jul 14;6:535. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00535. eCollection 2015. Review.Erratum in: Front Plant Sci. 2015;6:647.


Hu Y, Zhang J, Jia H, Sosso D, Li T, Frommer WB, Yang B, White FF, Wang N, Jones JB. Lateral organ boundaries 1 is a disease susceptibility gene for citrus bacterial canker disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014;111(4):E521-9. undefinedPubMed

Cohn M, Bart RS, Shybut M, Dahlbeck D, Gomez M, Morbitzer R, Hou BH, Frommer WB, Lahaye T, Staskawicz BJ. Xanthomonas axonopodis virulence is promoted by a transcription activator-like effector-mediated induction of a SWEET sugar transporter in cassava. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2014;27(11):1186-98. undefinedPubMed

Xu Y, Tao Y, Cheung LS, Fan C, Chen LQ, Xu S, Perry K, Frommer WB7, Feng L. Structures of bacterial homologues of SWEET transporters in two distinct conformations. Nature. 2014;515(7527):448-52. undefinedPubMed

Zhou H, Liu B, Weeks DP, Spalding MH, Yang B. Large chromosomal deletions and heritable small genetic changes induced by CRISPR/Cas9 in rice. Nucleic Acids Res. 2014;42(17):10903-14.

Richter A, Streubel J, Blücher C, Szurek B, Reschke M, Grau J, Boch J. A TAL effector repeat architecture for frameshift binding. Nat Commun. 2014 Mar11;5:3447. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4447.


Jiang W, Zhou H, Bi H, Fromm M, Yang B, Weeks DP. Demonstration of CRISPR/Cas9/sgRNA-mediated targeted gene modification in Arabidopsis, tobacco, sorghum and rice. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013;41(20):e188. undefinedPubMed

Jones AM, Grossmann G, Danielson JÅ, Sosso D, Chen LQ, Ho CH, Frommer WB. In vivo biochemistry: applications for small molecule biosensors in plant biology. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2013;16(3):389-95. undefinedPubMed

Noël LD, Denancé N, Szurek B. Predicting promoters targeted by TAL effectors in plant genomes: from dream to reality. Front Plant Sci. 2013 Sep 3;4:333. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00333. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 24027573; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3759964.

Streubel J, Pesce C, Hutin M, Koebnik R, Boch J, Szurek B. Five phylogenetically close rice SWEET genes confer TAL effector-mediatedsusceptibility to Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. New Phytol. 2013Nov;200(3):808-19. doi: 10.1111/nph.12411. Epub 2013 Jul 24. undefinedPubMed

Pérez-Quintero AL, Rodriguez-R LM, Dereeper A, López C, Koebnik R, Szurek B, Cunnac S. An improved method for TAL effectors DNA-binding sites predictionreveals functional convergence in TAL repertoires of Xanthomonas oryzae strains. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 15;8(7):e68464. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0068464. Print 2013. undefinedPubMed

Robin GP, Ortiz E, Szurek B, Brizard JP, Koebnik R. Comparative proteomicsreveal new HrpX-regulated proteins of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. JProteomics. 2014 Jan 31;97:256-64. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2013.04.010. Epub 2013Apr 18. undefinedPubMed

Zhao S, Mo WL, Wu F, Tang W, Tang JL, Szurek B, Verdier V, Koebnik R, FengJX. Identification of non-TAL effectors in Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae Chinese strain 13751 and analysis of their role in the bacterial virulence. World JMicrobiol Biotechnol. 2013 Apr;29(4):733-44. doi: 10.1007/s11274-012-1229-5. Epub2013 Jan 8. undefinedPubMed


Chen LQ, Qu XQ, Hou BH, Sosso D, Osorio S, Fernie AR, Frommer WB. Sucrose efflux mediated by SWEET proteins as a key step for phloem transport. Science. 2012;335(6065):207-11. undefinedPubMed


Hajri A, Brin C, Zhao S, David P, Feng JX, Koebnik R, Szurek B, Verdier V,Boureau T, Poussier S. Multilocus sequence analysis and type III effectorrepertoire mining provide new insights into the evolutionary history andvirulence of Xanthomonas oryzae. Mol Plant Pathol. 2012 Apr;13(3):288-302. doi:10.1111/j.1364-3703.2011.00745.x. Epub 2011 Sep 19. undefinedPubMed

Yu Y, Streubel J, Balzergue S, Champion A, Boch J, Koebnik R, Feng J, VerdierV, Szurek B. Colonization of rice leaf blades by an African strain of Xanthomonasoryzae pv. oryzae depends on a new TAL effector that induces the rice nodulin-3Os11N3 gene. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2011 Sep;24(9):1102-13. doi:10.1094/MPMI-11-10-0254. undefinedPubMed


Chen LQ, Hou BH, Lalonde S, Takanaga H, Hartung ML, Qu XQ, Guo WJ, Kim JG, Underwood W, Chaudhuri B, Chermak D, Antony G, White FF, Somerville SC, Mudgett MB, Frommer WB. Sugar transporters for intercellular exchange and nutrition of pathogens. Nature. 2010;468(7323):527-32. undefinedPubMed

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