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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Li Li
Plant, Soil and Nutrition Research
Research Molecular Biologist

Phone: (607) 255-5708
Fax: (607) 255-1132
Room 140
USDA-ARS, ROBERT W. HOLLEY CENTER
TOWER ROAD
ITHACA, NY, 14853-2901

Projects
Genetic and Genomic Basis of Vegetable and Fruit Biology, Quality and Nutrient Content
Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 424885
CHARACTERIZATION OF THE OR REGULATORY NETWORK IN MELON FOR CAROTENOID BIOFORTIFICATION IN FOOD CROPS
Reimbursable (R)
  Accession Number: 420748
GENETIC APPROACH FOR CROP NUTRITIONAL QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Specific Cooperative Agreement (S)
  Accession Number: 421634
Investigation of Genes Involved in Carotenoid Accumulation in Fruits and Vegetables
Specific Cooperative Agreement (S)
  Accession Number: 423992

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Impact of selenium supply on se-methylselenocysteine and glucosinolates accumulation in selenium-biofortified brassica sprouts - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (25-May-14)
Approaches for vegetable and fruit quality trait improvement - (Book / Chapter) - (18-May-14)
Genotypic variation of zinc and selenium content in grains of Brazilian wheat lines - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Souza, G., Hart, J., Carvalho, J., Rutzke, M., Albrecht, J., Guilherme, L., Kochian, L.V., Li, L. 2014. Genotypic variation of zinc and selenium content in grains of Brazilian wheat lines. Plant Science. 224:27-35.
Chromoplast biogenesis and carotenoid accumulation - (Review Article)
Li, L., Yuan, H. 2013. Chromoplast biogenesis and carotenoid accumulation. Archives Of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 539:102-109.
Fine mapping and identification of candidate Bo-or gene controlling orange head of Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa L. ssp. Pekinensis) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhang, J., Li, H., Zhang, M., Hui, M., Wang, Q., Li, L., Zhang, L. 2013. Fine mapping and identification of candidate Bo-or gene controlling orange head of Chinese cabbage (Brassica rapa L. ssp. Pekinensis). Molecular Breeding. 32:799-805.
Assessing the anticancer compounds Se-methylselenocysteine and glucosinolates in Se-biofortified broccoli (brassica oleracea L. var. italica) sprouts and florets - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Avila, F., Faquin, V., Yang, Y., Ramos, S., Guilherme, L., Thannhauser, T.W., Li, L. 2013. Assessing the anticancer compounds Se-methylselenocysteine and glucosinolates in Se-biofortified broccoli (brassica oleracea L. var. italica) sprouts and florets. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 61:6216-6223.
Evaluation of germplasm effect on Fe, Zn and Se content in wheat seedlings - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Souza, G., Carvalho, J., Rutzke, M., Albrecht, J., Guilherme, L., Li, L. 2013. Evaluation of germplasm effect on Fe, Zn and Se content in wheat seedlings. Plant Science. 210:206-213.
Proteomic analysis of chromoplasts from six crop species reveals insights into chromoplast function and development Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wang, Y., Yang, Y., Fei, Z., Yuan, H., Fish, T., Thannhauser, T.W., Mazourek, M., Kochian, L.V., Wang, X., Li, L. 2013. Proteomic analysis of chromoplasts from six crop species reveals insights into chromoplast function and development. Journal of Experimental Botany. 64(4):949-961.
Genomics and breeding in food crops Reprint Icon - (Book / Chapter)
Brown, A., Paterson, A., Li, L. 2012. Genomics and breeding in food crops. In: Benkeblia, N., editor. OMICs technologies: tools for food science. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. 141-162.
Characterization of the regulatory network of BoMYB2 in controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis in purple cauliflower - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chiu, L., Li, L. 2012. Characterization of the regulatory network of BoMYB2 in controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis in purple cauliflower. Planta. 236:1153-1164.
Transcriptome analysis of ectopic chloroplast development in green curd cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhou, X., Fei, Z., Thannhauser, T.W., Li, L. 2012. Transcriptome analysis of ectopic chloroplast development in green curd cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis). Biomed Central (BMC) Plant Biology. 11:169.
The Or gene enhances carotenoid accumulation and stability during post-harvest storage of potato tubers - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, L., Yang, Y., Xu, Q., Owsiany, K., Welsch, R., Chitchumroonchokchai, C., Lu, S., Van Eck, J., Deng, X., Failla, M., Thannhauser, T.W. 2012. The Or gene enhances carotenoid accumulation and stability during post-harvest storage of potato tubers. Molecular Plant. 5:339-352.
Evaluation of different multidimensional LC-MS/MS pipelines for iTRAQ-based proteomic analysis of potato tubers in response to cold storage Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yang, Y., Qiang, X., Owsiany, K., Zhang, S., Thannhauser, T.W., Li, L. 2011. Evaluation of different multidimensional LC-MS/MS pipelines for iTRAQ-based proteomic analysis of potato tubers in response to cold storage. Journal of Proteome Research. 10(10):4349-4886.
Evaluation of genotypic variation of broccoli (brassica oleracea var. italic) in response to selenium treatment - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ramos, S., Yuan, Y., Faquin, V., Guilherme, L., Li, L. 2011. Evaluation of genotypic variation of broccoli (brassica oleracea var. italic) in response to selenium treatment. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 59(8):3657-65.
Regulatory control of high levels of carotenoid accumulation in potato tubers - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhou, X., Mcquinn, R., Fei, Z., Wolters, A., Van Eck, J., Brown, C.R., Giovannoni, J.J., Li, L. 2011. Regulatory control of high levels of carotenoid accumulation in potato tubers. Plant, Cell & Environment. 34:1020-1030.
Selenium accumulation in lettuce germplasm - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ramos, S., Rutzke, M., Hayes, R.J., Faquin, V., Guilherme, L.R., Li, L. 2010. Selenium accumulation in lettuce germplasm. Planta. 233:649-660.
The cauliflower Orange gene enhances petiole elongation by suppressing expression of eukaryotic release factor 1 - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhou, X., Lu, S., Ling, H., Li, L. 2011. The cauliflower Orange gene enhances petiole elongation by suppressing expression of eukaryotic release factor 1. New Phytologist. 190:89-100.
The purple cauliflower arises from activation of a MYB transcription factor - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Chiu, L., Zhou, X., Burke, S., Wu, X., Prior, R.L., Li, L. 2010. The purple cauliflower arises from activation of a MYB transcription factor. Plant Physiology. 154:1470-1480.
Think outside of the box: selenium volatilization altered by a broccoli gene in the ubiquinone biosynthetic pathway - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Zhou, X., Li, L. 2010. Think outside of the box: selenium volatilization altered by a broccoli gene in the ubiquinone biosynthetic pathway. Plant Signaling and Behavior. 5:74-75.
Eukaryotic release factor 1-2 affects Arabidopsis responses to glucose and phytohormones during germination and early seedling development - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Xiangjun, Z., Cooke, P.H., Li, L. 2009. Eukaryotic release factor 1-2 affects Arabidopsis responses to glucose and phytohormones during germination and early seedling development. Journal of Experimental Botany. 61:357-367.
Transcriptional regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in red cabbage - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yuan, Y., Chiu, L., Li, L. 2009. Transcriptional regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in red cabbage. Planta. 230:1141-1153.
Involvement of a broccoli COQ5 methyltransferase in the production of volatile selenium compounds - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, L., Zhou, X., Yuan, Y., Yang, Y., Rutzke, M., Thannhauser, T.W., Kochian, L.V. 2009. Involvement of a broccoli COQ5 methyltransferase in the production of volatile selenium compounds. Plant Physiology. 151:528-540.
A broccoli COQ5 methyltransferase involved in ubiquinone biosynthesis mediates selenium volatilization - (Abstract Only)
Li, L., Zhou, X., Yang, Y., Thannhauser, T.W., Kochian, L.V. 2009. A broccoli COQ5 methyltransferase involved in ubiquinone biosynthesis mediates selenium volatilization. Meeting Abstract.
Modulation of carotenoid accumulation in transgenic potato by inducing chromoplast formation with enhanced sink strength - (Book / Chapter)
Van Eck, J., Zhou, X., Lu, S., Li, L. 2010. Modulation of carotenoid accumulation in transgenic potato by inducing chromoplast formation with enhanced sink strength. In: Fett-Neto, A., editor. Metabolic Engineering of Plant Secondary Pathways with Methods in Molecular Biology Book Series. Chapter 6. New York, NY: Springer. p. 77-93.
Eukaryotic release factor 1-2 is involved in GA signaling pathway and regulates cell elongation in petioles - (Abstract Only)
Zhou, X., Cooke, P.H., Li, L. 2009. Eukaryotic release factor 1-2 is involved in GA signaling pathway and regulates cell elongation in petioles. Meeting Abstract.
Regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in red cabbages - (Abstract Only)
Yuan, Y., Chiu, L., Li, L. 2009. Regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis in red cabbages [abstract]. Plant Biology 2009 Meeting.
Transcriptional activation of a MYB gene controls the tissue-specific anthocyanin accumulation in a purple cauliflower mutant - (Abstract Only)
Chiu, L., Burke, S., Li, L. 2009. Transcriptional activation of a MYB gene controls the tissue-specific anthocyanin accumulation in a purple cauliflower mutant [abstract]. Plant Biology 2009 Meeting.
Carotenoid Metabolism: the Biosynthesis, Regulation, and Beyond - (Review Article)
Li, L., Lu, S. 2008. Carotenoid Metabolism: the Biosynthesis, Regulation, and Beyond. Journal of Integrative Plant Biology. 50:778-785.
Use of the cauliflower OR gene for improving crop nutritional quality - (Book / Chapter)
Zhou, X., Van Eck, J., Li, L. 2008. Use of the cauliflower OR gene for improving crop nutritional quality. Biotechnology Annual Review. 14(6):171-190.
Quantitative trait loci analysis of endosperm color and carotenoid content in sorghum grain - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Salas Fernandez, M.G., Hamblin, M., Li, L., Rooney, W.L., Tuinstra, M.R., Kresovich, S. 2008. Quantitative trait loci analysis of endosperm color and carotenoid content in sorghum grain. Crop Science. 48:1732-1743.
Enhancing Plant Carotenoids via Manipulation of Sink Strength - (Popular Publication)
Zhou, X., Li, L. 2008. Enhancing Plant Carotenoids via Manipulation of Sink Strength. Information Systems for Biotechnology News Report. February 2008:5-7
Phytoene desaturase is present in a large protein complex in the plastid membrane - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lopez, A., Yang, Y., Thannhauser, T.W., Li, L. 2008. Phytoene desaturase is present in a large protein complex in the plastid membrane. Physiologia Plantarum. 133:190-198.
Effect of the cauliflower Or transgene on carotenoid accumulation and chromoplast formation in transgenic potato tubers - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lopez, A., Van Eck, J., Conlin, B., Paolillo, D., O'Neill, J., Li, L. 2008. Effect of the cauliflower Or transgene on carotenoid accumulation and chromoplast formation in transgenic potato tubers. Journal of Experimental Botany. 59:213-223.
Enhanced carotenoid accumulation as a result of alteration of metabolic sinks in transgenic plants - (Abstract Only)
Lopez, A.B., Van Eck, J., Conlin, B.J., Paolillo, D., Li, L. Enchanced carotenoid accumulation as a result of alteration of metabolic sinks in transgenic plants. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. 2007. M23004, p127.
Metabolic engineering of carotenoid accumulation by creating a metabolic sink - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, L., Van Eck, J. 2007. Metabolic engineering of carotenoid accumulation by creating a metabolic sink. Transgenic Research 16:581-585.
Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of the Homocysteine S-Methyltransferase from Broccoli (Brassica Oleracea Var. Italica) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, L., Lyi, S.M., Zhou, X., Kochian, L.V. 2007. Biochemical and molecular characterization of the homocysteine s-methyltransferase from broccoli (brassica oleracea var. italica). Phytochemistry. 68:1112-1119.
The effects of Selenocysteine Se-Methyltransferase on Selenium metabolism in Broccoli - (Abstract Only)
Zhou, X., Lyi, M., Heller, L., Rutzke, M., Welch, R.M., Kochian, L.V., Li, L. 2007. The effects of Selenocysteine Se-Methyltransferase on Selenium metabolism in Broccoli [abstract]. Plant Physiology. p. 113.
Development of an integrated approach for evaluation of 2-D gel image analysis: Impact of multiple proteins in single spots on comparative proteomics in conventional 2-D gel/MALDI workflow - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yang, Y., Thannhauser, T.W., Li, L., Zhang, S. 2007. Development of an integrated approach for evaluation of 2-D gel image analysis: Impact of multiple proteins in single spots on comparative proteomics in conventional 2-D gel/MALDI workflow. Electrophoresis. 28:2080-2094.
The Cauliflower Or Gene Encodes a Dnaj Cysteine-Rich Domain-Containing Protein That Mediates High-Levels of B-Carotene Accumulation - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, L., Lu, S., Van Eck, J., O'Halloran, D., Zhou, X., Lopez, A.B., Cosman, K., Conlin, B., Paolillo, D., Garvin, D.F., Vrebalov, J., Kochian, L.V., Kupper, H., Earle, E., Cao, J. 2006. The cauliflower or gene encodes a cysteine-rich zinc finger domain-containing protein that induces high-level of B-carotene accumulation. The Plant Cell. 18:3594-3605.
Identification of Or As a Novel Regulatory Gene Controlling High-Level of B-Carotene Accumulation in Cauliflower - (Abstract Only)
Lu, S., Lopez, A.B., Li, L. 2006. Identification of or as a novel regulatory gene controlling high-level of b-carotene accumulation in cauliflower. [abstract] American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. p. 226.
B-Carotene Accumulation Induced by the Cauliflower Or Gene Is Not Due to An Increased Capacity of Biosynthesis - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, L., Lu, S., Cosman, K., Earle, E., Garvin, D.F., O'Neill, J. 2006. B-carotene accumulation induced by the cauliflower or gene is not due to an increased capacity of biosynthesis. Phytochemistry. 67:1177-1184.
The Effects of Selenocysteine Se-Methyltransferase on Selenium Metabolism in Transgenic Broccoli - (Abstract Only)
Zhou, X., Lyi, S., Heller, L., Rutzke, M., Welch, R.M., Kochian, L.V., Li, L. 2006. The effects of selenocysteine se-methyltransferase on selenium metabolism in transgenic broccoli [abstract]. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. p. 226.
Or Encodes a Cysteine-Rich Zinc Finger Domain Containing Protein in Regulating High-Level of Beta-Carotene Accumulation in Cauliflower - (Abstract Only)
Li, L., Lu, S., O'Halloran, D. 2006. Or encodes a cysteine-rich zinc finger domain containing protein in regulating high-level of beta-carotene accumulation in cauliflower. Arabidopsis Research International Conference Proceedings. Paper No. 54.
Selenocysteine Se-Methyltransferase and Se-Methylselenocysteine Synthesis in Broccoli - (Abstract Only)
Li, L., Lyi, S.M., Heller, L.I., Rutzke, M., Welch, R.M., Kochian, L.V. 2005. Selenocysteine se-methyltransferase and se-methylselenocysteine synthesis in broccoli. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. P. 554.
Toward Identification of the Candidate Gene Controlling Anthocyanin Accumulation in Purple Cauliflower (Brassica Oleracea L. Var. Botrytis) - (Abstract Only)
Chiu, L., Prior, R.L., Wu, X., Li, L. 2005. Toward identification of the candidate gene controlling anthocyanin accumulation in purple cauliflower (brassica oleracea l. var. botrytis). American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. P. 628.
Or, a Plastid Protein, Accounts for the High Level Accumulation of Beta-Carotene in Cauliflower - (Abstract Only)
Lu, S., O'Halloran, D.M., Cosman, K., Yang, Y., Xiang, B., Thannhauser, T.W., Li, L. 2005. Or, a plastid protein, accounts for the high level accumulation of beta-carotene in cauliflower. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. p. 606.
Differential Protein Expression in Brassica Oleracia: Changes Associated with the Ability to Accumulate High Concentrations of B-Carotene - (Abstract Only)
Thannhauser, T.W., Yang, Y., Xiang, B., Lu, S., Li, L. 2005. Differential protein expression in brassica oleracia: changes associated with the ability to accumulate high concentrations of b-carotene [abstract]. Journal of Biomolecular Techniques. 16:60.
Molecular and Biochemical Characterization of the Selenocysteine Se-Methyltransferase Gene and Se-Methylselenocysteine Synthesis in Broccoli (Brassica Oleracea Var. Italica) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Li, L., Lyi, S.M., Heller, L., Rutzke, M., Welch, R.M., Kochian, L.V. 2005. Molecular and biochemical characterization of the selenocysteine se-methyltransferase gene and se-methylselenocysteine synthesis in broccoli (brassica oleracea var. italica). Plant Physiology. 138:409-420.
Transcriptome Changes in Response to Selenium in Arabidopsis Thaliana - (Abstract Only)
Li, L., Lyi, S.M. 2004. Transcriptome changes in response to selenium in arabidopsis thaliana [abstract]. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. p.76-77.
Molecular Cloning of Or, a Novel Regulatory Gene Conferring High Level of Beta-Carotene Accumulation in Cauliflower - (Abstract Only)
Li, L., Lu, S., O'Halloran, D.M., Garvin, D.F., Vrebalov, J. 2004. Molecular cloning of or, a novel regulatory gene conferring high level of beta-carotene accumulation in cauliflower [abstract]. American Society of Plant Biologists Annual Meeting. p.88.
Comparative Mapping of Altsb, a Novel Aluminum Tolerance Gene in Sorghum Bicolor (L.) Moench, Reveals Inter-Tribe Synteny among Al Tolerance Genes in the Poaceae - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Magalhaes, J., Garvin, D.F., Sorrells, M., Klein, P., Schaffert, R., Wang, Y., Li, L., Kochian, L.V. 2004. Comparative mapping of altsb, a novel aluminum tolerance gene in sorghum bicolor (l.) moench, reveals inter-tribe synteny among al tolerance genes in the poaceae. Genetics. 167:53-63.
Overexpression of a Bacterial Branched-Chain Alpha-Keto Acid Dehydrogenase Complex in Arabidopsis Results in Accumulation of Branched-Chain Acyl-Coas and Alteration of Free Amino Acid Composition in Seeds - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
LI, L., THIPYAPONG, P., BREEDEN, D.C., STEFFEN, J.C. OVEREXPRESSION OF A BACTERIAL BRANCHED-CHAIN ALPHA-KETO ACID DEHYDROGENASE COMPLEX IN ARABIDOPSIS RESULTS IN ACCUMULATION OF BRANCHED-CHAIN ACYL-COAS AND ALTERATION OF FREE AMINO ACID COMPOSITION IN SEEDS. PLANT SCIENCE. 2003. v. 165. p. 1213-1219.
Towards Positional Cloning of the High Beta-Carotene Or (Orange) Allele of Cauliflower - (Abstract Only)
LI, L., LU, S., O'HALLORAN, D., GARVIN, D.F., VREBALOV, J. TOWARDS POSITIONAL CLONING OF THE HIGH BETA-CAROTENE OR (ORANGE) ALLELE OF CAULIFLOWER. AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLANT BIOLOGISTS ANNUAL MEETING. 2003. p. 83.
High-Resolution Genetic and Physical Mapping of the Cauliflower High Beta-Carotene Or (Orange) Gene - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
LI, L., LU, S., O'HALLORAN, D.M., GARVIN, D.F., VREBALOV, J. HIGH-RESOLUTION GENETIC AND PHYSICAL MAPPING OF THE CAULIFLOWER HIGH BETA-CAROTENE OR (ORANGE) GENE. MOLECULAR GENETICS AND GENOMICS. 2003. v. 270. p. 132-138.
Molecular Mapping of Or, a Gene Inducing Beta-Carotene Accumulation in Cauliflower (Brassica Oleracea L. Var. Botrytis) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
LI, L., GARVIN, D.F. MOLECULAR MAPPING OF OR, A GENE INDUCING BETA-CAROTENE ACCUMULATION IN CAULIFLOWER (BRASSICA OLERACEA L. VAR. BOTRYTIS). GENOME. 2003. v. 46. p. 588-594.
High-Resolution Genetic Mapping of Or, a Gene That Induces Beta-Carotene Accumulation in Cauliflower (Brassica Oleracea L. Var. Botrytis) - (Abstract Only)
LI, L., O'HALLORAN, D., VREBALOV, J., GARVIN, D.F. HIGH-RESOLUTION GENETIC MAPPING OF OR, A GENE THAT INDUCES BETA-CAROTENE ACCUMULATION IN CAULIFLOWER (BRASSICA OLERACEA L. VAR. BOTRYTIS). Annual International Plant & Animal Genome Conference. 2003. p. 194.
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