Luis Herrera-Estrella

Luis Herrera-Estrella
Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute | Cinvestav · LANGEBIO - Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para la Biodiversidad

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Introduction
Luis Herrera-Estrella currently works is a faculty member of Texas Tech University and Emeritus Professor at the Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para la Biodiversidad (LANGEBIO) from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute. Luis does research in Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology and Physiology of plamnts and microlagae. Their current project is focused on phosphorus assimilation in plants and microalgae and drought tolerance in plants
Additional affiliations
August 2017 - October 2018
Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute
Position
  • Professor Emeritus
September 2012 - present
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Position
  • Senior International Reseracher
January 2006 - present
Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute
Position
  • Research Director

Publications

Publications (451)
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Gene expression in roots has been assessed in different plant species in studies ranging from complete organs to specific cell layers, and more recently at the single cell level. While certain genes or functional categories are expressed in the root of all or most plant species, lineage-specific genes have also been discovered. An increasing amount...
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Plant roots recruit most prokaryotic members of their root microbiota from the locally avail- able inoculum, but knowledge on the contribution of native microorganisms to the root microbiota of crops in native versus non-native areas remains scarce. We grew common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) at a field site in its centre of domestication to character...
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SignificanceInterspecific hybridization is a widespread phenomenon, but measuring its extent, directionality, and adaptive importance remains challenging. Ancient genomes, however, can help illuminate the history of modern organisms. Here, we present a genome retrieved from a 130,000- to 115,000-y-old polar bear and perform genome analyses of moder...
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In the context of plant evolution, pteridophytes, which is comprised of lycophytes and ferns, occupy an intermediate position between bryophytes and seed plants, sharing characteristics with both groups. Pteridophytes is a highly diverse group of plant species that occupy a wide range of habitats including ecosystems with extreme climatic condition...
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While most plants die below a threshold of water content, desiccation-tolerant species display specific responses that allow them to survive extreme dehydration. Some of these responses are activated at critical stages during water loss and could represent the difference between desiccation tolerance (DT) and death. Here, we report the development...
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The polar bear ( Ursus maritimus ) has become a symbol of the threat to biodiversity from climate change. Understanding polar bear evolutionary history may provide insights into apex carnivore responses and prospects during periods of extreme environmental perturbations. In recent years, genomic studies have examined bear speciation and population...
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Cytokinin (CK) in plants regulates both developmental processes and adaptation to environmental stresses. Arabidopsis histidine phosphotransfer ahp2,3,5 and type-B Arabidopsis response regulator arr1,10,12 triple mutants are almost completely defective in CK signaling, and the ahp2,3,5 mutant was reported to be salt tolerant. Here, we demonstrate t...
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Photosynthetic microalgae hold great potential as light-driven heterologous protein expression hosts. In particular, the algal chloroplast is an ideal sub-cellular site for the compartmentalized synthesis and accumulation of high-value recombinant proteins. However, full integration of transplastomic algal biotechnology in the large-scale productio...
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As phosphorus is one of the most limiting nutrients in many natural and agricultural ecosystems, plants have evolved strategies that cope with its scarcity. Genetic approaches have facilitated the identification of several molecular elements that regulate the phosphate (Pi) starvation response (PSR) of plants, including the master regulator of the...
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The most studied DNA methylation pathway in plants is the RNA Directed DNA Methylation (RdDM), a conserved mechanism that involves the role of noncoding RNAs to control the expansion of the noncoding genome. Genome-wide DNA methylation levels have been reported to correlate with genome size. However, little is known about the catalog of noncoding R...
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Metagenomic and traditional paleolimnological approaches are suitable to infer past biological and environmental changes, however, they are often applied independently, especially in tropical regions. We combined both approaches to investigate Holocene Prokaryote and Eukaryote diversity and microbial metabolic pathways in ancient Lake Chalco, Mexic...
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Low‐molecular‐weight organic acids (OAs) extrusion by plant roots is critical for plant nutrition, tolerance to cations toxicity, and plant‐microbe interactions. Therefore, methodologies for the rapid and precise quantification of OAs are necessary to be incorporated in the analysis of roots and their exudates. The spatial location of root exudates...
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Plants can tolerate some degree of dehydration but below a threshold of water content most plants die. However, some species display specific physiological, biochemical, and molecular responses that allow survival to desiccation. Some of these responses are activated at critical stages during water loss and could represent the difference between de...
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The most studied DNA methylation pathway in plants is the RNA Directed DNA Methylation (RdDM), a conserved mechanism that involves the role of noncoding RNAs to control the expansion of the noncoding genome. Genome-wide methylation levels have been reported to correlate with genome size. However, little is known about the catalog of noncoding RNAs...
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The most studied DNA methylation pathway in plants is the RNA Directed DNA Methylation (RdDM), which is a conserved mechanism that involves noncoding-RNAs to control the expansion of intergenic regions. However, little is known about relationship between plant genome size reductions and DNA methylation. Because the compact genome size of the carniv...
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Ferns are a representative clade in plant evolution although underestimated in the genomic era. Ceratopteris richardii is an emergent model for developmental processes in ferns, yet a complete scheme of the different growth stages is necessary. Here, we present a developmental analysis, at the tissue and cellular levels, of the first shoot-borne ro...
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Plant hormones are master regulators of developmental and genetic mechanisms to deal with diverse environmental cues. Upon phosphate (Pi) limitation, vascular plants modify phytohormone metabolism to coordinate diverse mechanisms to overcome such stress. However, the transcriptional program underlying the hormonal signaling in response to Pi scarci...
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Phosphate (Pi) is a pivotal nutrient that constraints plant development and productivity in natural ecosystems. Land colonization by plants, more than 470 million years ago, evolved adaptive mechanisms to conquer Pi-scarce environments. However, little is known about the molecular basis underlying such adaptations at early branches of plant phyloge...
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Background Desiccation tolerant Selaginella species evolved to survive extreme environmental conditions. Studies to determine the mechanisms involved in the acquisition of desiccation tolerance (DT) have focused on only a few Selaginella species. Due to the large diversity in morphology and the wide range of responses to desiccation within the genu...
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Phosphate (Pi ) is a critical macronutrient for the biochemical and molecular functions of cells. Under phosphate limitation, plants manifest adaptative strategies to increase phosphate scavenging. However, how low phosphate sensing links to the transcriptional machinery remains unknown. The role of the MEDIATOR (MED) transcriptional co-activator,...
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Acidic soils constrain plant growth and development in natural and agricultural ecosystems because of the combination of multiple stress factors including high levels of Fe3+, toxic levels of Al3+, low phosphate (Pi) availability and proton rhizotoxicity. The transcription factor SENSITIVE TO PROTON RHIZOTOXICITY (STOP1) has been reported to underl...
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Phosphate (Pi) is a pivotal nutrient that constraints plant development and productivity in natural ecosystems. Land colonization by plants, more than 470 million years ago, evolved adaptive mechanisms to conquer Pi-scarce environments. However, little is known about the molecular basis underlying such adaptations at early branches of plant phyloge...
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Ferns are a representative clade in plant evolution although underestimated in the genomic era. Ceratopteris richardii is an emergent model for developmental processes in ferns, yet a complete scheme of the different growth stages is necessary. Here, we present a developmental analysis, at the tissue and cellular levels, of the first shoot-borne ro...
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High‐temperature bioconversion of lignocellulose into fermentable sugars has drawn attention for efficient production of renewable chemicals and biofuels, because competing microbial activities are inhibited at elevated temperatures and thermostable cell wall degrading enzymes are superior to mesophilic enzymes. Here, we report on the development o...
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Background: The use of cyanobacteria and microalgae as cell factories to produce biofuels and added-value bioproducts has received great attention during the last two decades. Important investments have been made by public and private sectors to develop this field. However, it has been a challenge to develop a viable and cost-effective platform fo...
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Low availability of nitrogen (N) is often a major limiting factor to crop yield in most nutrient-poor soils. Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are beneficial symbionts of most land plants that enhance plant nutrient uptake, particularly of phosphate. A growing number of reports point to the substantially increased N accumulation in many mycorrhizal...
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High-stress resistance and yield are major goals in crop cultivation, which can be addressed by modifying plant architecture. Significant progress has been made in recent years to understand how plant architecture is controlled under various growth conditions, recognizing the central role phytohormones play in response to environmental stresses. mi...
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Plants adapt to soil injury and biotic stress via cell regeneration. In Arabidopsis, root tip damage by genotoxic agents, antibiotics, UV light and cutting induces a program that recovers the missing tissues through activation of stem cells and involves ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR 115 (ERF115), which triggers cell replenishment. Here, we show that mut...
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Background The use of cyanobacteria and microalgae as cell factories to produce biofuels and added-value bioproducts has received great attention during the last two decades. Important investment has been made by public and private sectors to develop this field. However, it has been a challenge to develop a viable and cost-effective platform for cu...
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Background: The use of cyanobacteria and microalgae as cell factories to produce biofuels and added-value bioproducts has received great attention during the last two decades. Important investments have been made by public and private sectors to develop this field. However, it has been a challenge to develop a viable and cost-effective platform for...
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Background: The genus Utricularia belongs to Lentibulariaceae, the largest family of carnivorous plants, which includes terrestrial, epiphytic and aquatic species. The development of specialized structures that evolved for carnivory is a feature of this genus that has been of great interest to biologists since Darwin's early studies. Utricularia g...
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Heterologous expression of the NAD+-dependent phosphite dehydrogenase (PTXD) bacterial enzyme from Pseudomonas stutzerii enables selective growth of transgenic organisms by using phosphite as sole phosphorous source. Combining phosphite fertilization with nuclear expression of the ptxD transgene was shown to be an alternative to herbicides in contr...
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Abiotic stresses and soil nutrient limitations are major environmental conditions that reduce plant growth, productivity and quality. Plants have evolved mechanisms to perceive these environmental challenges, transmit the stress signals within cells as well as between cells and tissues, and make appropriate adjustments in their growth and developme...
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Background: Trichoderma species are among the most effective cell factories to produce recombinant proteins, whose productivity relies on the molecular toolkit and promoters available for the expression of the target protein. Although inducible promoter systems have been developed for producing recombinant proteins in Trichoderma, constitutive pro...
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Background The genus Utricularia belongs to Lentibulariaceae, the largest family of carnivorous plants, which includes terrestrial, epiphytic and aquatic species. The development of specialized structures that evolved for carnivory is a feature of this genus that has been of great interest to biologists since Darwin‘s early studies. Utricularia gib...
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Background Trichoderma species are among the most effective cell factories to produce recombinant proteins, whose productivity relies on the molecular toolkit and promoters available for the expression of the target protein. Although inducible promoter systems have been developed for producing recombinant proteins in Trichoderma , constitutive prom...
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Background Utricularia genus belongs to Lentibulariaceae family and has the highest number of species including terrestrials, epiphytes and aquatics plants. The development of specialized structures that evolved for carnivory is a feature of this genus that has been of great interest to biologist since the early studies of Darwin. Utricularia gibba...
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Background The genus Utricularia belongs to Lentibulariaceae, the largest family of carnivorous plants, which includes terrestrial, epiphytic and aquatic species. The development of specialized structures that evolved for carnivory is a feature of this genus that has been of great interest to biologists since Darwin‘s early studies. Utricularia gib...
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Background Trichoderma species are among the most effective cell factories to produce recombinant proteins, whose productivity relies on the molecular toolkit and promoters available for the expression of the target protein. Although inducible promoter systems have been developed for producing recombinant proteins in Trichoderma, constitutive promo...
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I had the fortune to start my scientific carrier during the early stages of the development of plant transformation in one of the leading laboratories in the field. Here, I describe my personal experience in the laboratory of Marc van Montagu and Jeff Schell, and some important contributions that the group made to the development of the technology...
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The avocado, Persea americana , is a fruit crop of immense importance to Mexican agriculture with an increasing demand worldwide. Avocado lies in the anciently diverged magnoliid clade of angiosperms, which has a controversial phylogenetic position relative to eudicots and monocots. We sequenced the nuclear genomes of the Mexican avocado race, P. a...
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Recent reports have demonstrated that cytokinins (CKs) and strigolactones (SLs) act as negative and positive regulators, respectively, in plant drought responses. These reports have also suggested potential crosstalk between CK and SL signaling pathways in several mechanisms underlying plant drought acclimation. We discuss these reports with a view...
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The avocado, Persea americana , is a fruit crop of immense importance to Mexican agriculture with an increasing demand worldwide. Avocado lies in the anciently-diverged magnoliid clade of angiosperms, which has a controversial phylogenetic position relative to eudicots and monocots. We sequenced the nuclear genomes of the Mexican avocado race, P. a...
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The Mediator (MED) complex plays a key role in the recruitment and assembly of the transcription machinery for the control of gene expression. Here, we report on the role of MEDIATOR18 (MED18) subunit in root development, auxin signaling and meristem cell viability in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. Loss‐of‐function mutations in MED18 reduce primar...
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Weeds, which have been the bane of agriculture since the beginning of civilization, are managed manually, mechanically, and, more recently, by chemicals. However, chemical control options are rapidly shrinking due to the recent rise in the number of herbicide-resistant weeds in crop fields, with few alternatives on the horizon. Therefore, there is...
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Phosphorus (P) availability is a limiting factor for plant growth and development. Root tip contact with low Pi media triggers diverse changes in the root architecture of Arabidopsis thaliana. The most conspicuous among these modifications is the inhibition of rootgrowth, which is triggered by a shift from an indeterminate to a determinate root gro...
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Carnivorous plant genome research has focused on members of the Lamiales and Oxalidales; the most complete sequences are for Utricularia gibba and Cephalotus follicularis. The size-limited U. gibba genome highlights the importance of small-scale tandem duplications, which likely play roles in this species’ carnivorous adaptation. Sequencing of the...
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Key message This report demonstrates the usefulness of ptxD/phosphite as a selection system that not only provides a highly efficient and simple means to generate transgenic cotton plants, but also helps address many of the concerns related to the use of antibiotic and herbicide resistance genes in the production of transgenic crops. Abstract Two...
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The axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) is the vertebrate model system with the highest regeneration capacity. Experimental tools established over the past 100 years have been fundamental to start unraveling the cellular and molecular basis of tissue and limb regeneration. In the absence of a reference genome for the Axolotl, transcriptomic analysis beco...
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Drought causes substantial reductions in crop yields worldwide. Therefore, we set out to identify new chemical and genetic factors that regulate drought resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Karrikins (KARs) are a class of butenolide compounds found in smoke that promote seed germination, and have been reported to improve seedling vigor under stressf...
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Expression levels of anthocyanin biosynthesis-related genes in kai2-2 and WT plants under well-watered and dehydration conditions. Heatmap presentation indicates the fold-changes in gene expression derived from microarray data. Relative expression levels are indicated by intensities of colors expressed in fold-change with saturation at 6. Red and b...
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Anthocyanin production and cuticle permeability in kai2-4 and WT. (A) Anthocyanin content in kai2-4 and WT plants under drought conditions. Data represent the means and standard errors (n = 4 plants). (B) Chlorophyll leaching from rosette leaves of 28-day-old kai2-4 and WT plants at different time periods. Data represent the means and standard erro...
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Venn analysis of differentially expressed gene sets derived from various comparisons. (A) Genes upregulated in M-C/W-C and M-D/W-D. (B) Genes downregulated in M-C/W-C and M-D/W-D. (C) Genes upregulated in W-D/W-C and M-D/M-C. (D) Genes downregulated in M-C/W-C and upregulated in W-D/W-C. (E)