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Luis Herrera-Estrella (CV) -old

Principal Investigator

Luis Herrera-Estrella (CV) -old

Principal Investigator


Full Professor and Director of Langebio



Phone, office

+52 (462) 166-3002

Phone, lab

+52 (462) 166-3000, ext. 3068


Email lherrera@ira.cinvestav.mx


Physiology and Metabolic Engineering of Plants.


1972-1977 B.Sc. Biochemistry Engineering (ENCB)

1978-1980 M. S. Genetic and Biology Molecular Department. Research Center and Advanced Studies, of National Polytechnic Institute.

1981-1984 PhD Genetic Department, State University, Gante Belgium.

Dr. Herrera-Estrella has made important contributions to the field of plant molecular biology, especially in the study of gene regulation and in the development of gene transfer methods, which later became a very important tool to develop gene transfer systems for economically important crops. Current research is primarily focused to the development transgenic plants better adapted to marginal soils and Genomics Analysis of endemic plants from Mexico.

In 2004, strongly promoted the creation of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (Langebio)

Research Interests

Molecular mechanisms regulating the development of plant roots in response to environmental factors. Identification of regulatory sequences of genes regulated by phosphorus deficiency. Study of phospholipases in signaling and mobilization of phosphorus. Sequencing the genomes of plants and microorganisms. Production of transgenic plants. Study models: Arabidopsis, Corn, Tobaco.

Education and training
































Member of the board of Biotechnology Action Council of UNESCO

Member of the Researchers National System : Researchers National Level III

International Scholar by "Howard Hughes Medical Institute"

Designate Director of the "Biotechnology and Education Center de la UNESCO" in the Cinvestav Unidad Irapuato

Member of the board Scientific Advisory of of the Biotechnology Program of the University of United Nations

Elected member of Iberoamerican Molecular Biology Organisation (IMBO)

Elected member of the Academy of Scienc of America Latina (ACAL)

Designate President of the International association of Molecular Biology of Plants

Member of the board Scientific Advisory of International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)

Designated INVESTIGADOR NACIONAL DE EXCELENCIA - Sistema Nacional de Investigadores January 2003-December 2012

Elected Foreign Member of Academy of Sciences of The United States

Elected member of Mexican Academy of Sciences.

Elected Member of the Academy of Sciences Third Word (TWAS)

Elected member of The New York Academia Sciences.


Award for the best Graduate Student awarded by the President of the Republic

Minuro and Ethel Tsutsui Research Award of the New York Academy of Sciences - U.S.A.

The Javed Husain prize from UNESCO

Lázaro Cárdenas Presea as a Distinguished Graduate of National Polytechnic Institute- Mexico

Golden medal, awarded to the best inventors by the World Intellectual Property Organization OMPI)

National Science Prize awarded by the Mexican government in the field of Physical, Mathematical and Natural Sciences

International Recognition for promoting science and technology in Developing Countries, “The 2007 Trieste Science Prize, in agricultural Sciences”. Trieste Italia.

ASPB Prize (American Society of Plant Biologist) Leadership in Science Public Service.

“Heberto Castillo” Prize awarded for the Science and Technology Institute of Distrito Federal. “Raúl Rojas González” Prize.

Recognition by Thomson Reuters and Cinvestav for having published the most cited article in the Agriculture Area in the last decade.

Publications list

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L., and Ruiz-Herrera, J. (1981). Chemical and structural changes in chitin-synthetase and wall structure phototrophic responses in phycomyces. J. Biol. Chem 256: 1458-1463.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L., Chavez B., and Ruiz-Herrera, J. (1982). Presence of chitosomes in the cytoplasm of Phycomyces blakesleeanus and the synthesis of chitin microfibrils. Exp. Mycol. 6: 385-388.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L., Depicker, A., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J. (1983). Expression of Chimaeric genes transferred in to plant cells using a Ti plasmid-derived vector. Nature (London) 303: 209-213.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L., De Block, M., Messens, E., Hernalsteens J.P., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J. (1983). Chimeric genes as dominant selectable markers in plant cells. EMBO J. 2: 987-995. ´

  1. Caplan, A., Herrera-Estrella, L., Inze, D., Van Haute, E., Van Montagu, M., Schell, J., and Zambryski, P. (1983). Introduction of genetic material into plant cells. Science 222: 815-821.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L., and Ruiz-Herrera, J. (1983). Light Response in Phycomyces blakesleeanus" Evidence for Roles of Chitin Biosynthesis and Breakdown. Experimental Mycology 7:362-369.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L., Van Den Broeck, G., Maenhaut, R., Van Montagu, M., Schell, J., Timko, M., and Cashmore, A. (1984). Light-inducible and chloroplast-associated expression of a chimaeric gene introduced into Nicotiana tabacum using a Ti plasmid vector. Nature (London) 310:115-120.

  1. De Block, M., Herrera-Estrella, L., Van Montagu, M., Schell, J., and Zambryski, P., (1984). Expression of foreign gene in regenerated plants and their progeny. EMBO J. 3: 1681-1689.

  1. Wang, K., Herrera-Estrella, L., Van Montagu, M., and Zambryski, P. (1984). The right copy of the 25-bp terminus sequence of the nopaline T-DNA is essential for and determines the direction of DNA transfer from Agrobacterium to the plant cell genome. Cell 38: 455-462.

  1. Van Den Broeck, G., Timko, M.P., Kausch, A.P., Cashmore, A.R., Van Montagu, M., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1985). Targeting of a foreign protein to chloroplasts by fusion to the transit peptide of ribulose-1, 5-biophosphate carboxylase. Nature (London) 313: 358-363.

  1. Deshayes, A., Herrera-Estrella, L., and Caboche, M. (1985). Liposome-mediated transformation of tobacco mesophyll protoplasts by an Escherichia coli plasmid. EMBO J. 4: 2731-2737.

  1. Hain, R., Stabel, P., Czernilofsky, A.P., Steinbiss, H.H., Herrera-Estrella, L., and Schell, J. (1985). Uptake, integration, expression and genetic transmission of a selectable chimaeric gene by plant protoplasts. Mol. Gen. Genet. 199: 161-177.

  1. Cashmore, A., Szabo, L., Timko, M., Kausch, A., Van Den Broeck, G., Schreier, P., Bohnert, H., Herrera-Estrella, L., Van Montagu, M., and Schell, J. (1985). Import of polypeptides into chloroplasts. Bio/technology 3:803-808.

  1. Simpson, J., Timko, M.P., Cashmore, A.R., Schell, J., Van Montagu, M., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1985). Light-inducible and tissue-specific expression of a chimaeric gene under control of the 5\\\'-flanking sequence of a pea chlorophyll a/b-binding protein gene. EMBO J. 4: 2723-2729.

  1. Simpson, J., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1985). The 5\\\'-flanking sequences of a chlorophyll a/b-binding protein gene direct light-regulated and tissue-specific expression of a chimaeric gene. Arch. Int. Physiol. Biochim. 93: B174.

  1. Timko, M.P., Kausch, A.P., Castresana, C., Fassler, J., Herrera-Estrella, L., Van Den Broeck, G., Van Montagu, M., and Cashmore, A.R. (1985). Light regulation of plant gene expression by an upstream enhancer like element. Nature (London) 318: 579-582.

  1. Schell, J., Kaulen, H., Kreuzaler, F., Eckes, P., Rosahl, S., Willimitzer, L., Spena, A., Baker, B., Herrera-Estrella, L., and Fedoroff, N. (1985). Transfer and regulation of expression of chimeric genes in plants. Cold Spring Harbor Symp. Quant. Biol. 50: 421-431.

  1. Czernilofsky, A.P., Hain, R., Herrera-Estrella, L., Lorz, H., Goyvaerts, E., Baker, B., and Schuell, J. (1986). Fate of selectable marker DNA integrated into the genome of Nicotiana tabacum. DNA 5: 101-113.

  1. Simpson, J., Van Montagu, M., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1986). Photosynthesis-associated gene families: differences in environmental and tissue specific responses. Science 233: 34-38.

  1. Teeri, T.H., Herrera-Estrella, L., Depicker, A., Van Montagu, M., and Palva, E.T. (1986). Identification of plant promoters in situ by T-DNA mediated transcriptional fusions to the npt-II gene. EMBO J. 5: 1755-1760.

  1. Simpson, J., Schell, J., Van Montagu, M., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1986). The light-inducible and tissue-specific expression of a pea HPLC gene involves an upstream element with enhancer-and silencer like properties. Nature (London)323: 551-554 .

  1. Horth, M., Negrutiu, I., Burny, A. Van Montagu, M. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1987). Cloning of a Nicotiana plumbaginifolia protoplast-specific enhancer-like sequence. EMBO J. 6: 2525-2530.

  1. Cano C, Herrera-Estrella L, and Ruiz Herrera J. (1988). DNA Methylation and Polyamines in Regulation of Development of the fungus Mucor rouxii . Journal of Bacteriology 170: 5946-5948.

  1. Van Den Broeck, G., Van Houtuen, A., Van Montagu, M. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1988). The Transit Peptide of a Chlorophyll a/b Binding Protein in not Sufficient to Insert Neomycin Phosphotransferase II in the Thylakoid Membrane. Plant Science 58: 171 - 176.

  1. Teeri, T.H., Lehvaslaiho, H., Franck, M. Votila J., Heino P., Palva E.T., Van Montagu M. and Herrera-Estrella L. (1989). Gene Fusions to lac Z reveal new Expression Patterns of Chimeric Genes in Transgenic Plants. EMBO J.8:343-350.

  1. Mosqueda, G., Van Den Broeck, G., Saucedo, O., Bailey, A.M., Alvarez-Morales, A. and Herrera-Estrella L. (1990). Isolation and characterization of the gene form Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola encoding the phaseolotoxin-insensitive ornithine carbamoyltransferase Mol. Gen. Genet. 222: 461-466.

  1. Bailey, A.M., Mena, G.L., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1991). Genetic transformation of the plant pathogen phytophthora parasitica. Nucleic Acids Research 19:4273-4278.

  1. Zabaleta, E., Oropeza , A., Jímenez, B. Salcedo, G., Crespi, M. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1992). Isolation and characterization of genes encoding chaperonin 60B from Arabidopsis thaliana. Gene 111: 175-181.

  1. Arguello, G., García-Hernández, E., Sánchez, M., Gariglio, P., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Simpson, J. (1992). Characterization of DNA sequences that mediate nuclear protein binding to the regulatory region of the Pisum sativum (pea) chlorophyll a/b binding protein gene: Identification of a repeated heptomer motif. The Plant Journal 2: (3) 301-309.

  1. Segura-Nieto, M., Vázquez Sánchez, N., Rubio-Velázquez, H., Olguín-Martínez, L., Rodriguez-Nester, C. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1992). Characterization of amaranth (Amaranthus hypochondriacus L.) seed proteins. J. Agricultural and Food Chemistry 40: 1553-1558.

  1. Ruiz-Medrano, R., Jímenez-Moraila, B., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Rivera-Bustamante, R. (1992). Nucleotide sequence of an osmotin like cDNA induced in tomato during viroid infection. Plant Molecular Biology 20: 1199-1202.

  1. Assad-García, N., Ochoa-Alejo, N., García-Hernández, E., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Simpson J. (1992). Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa) and tissue specific expression of the 35S promoter in transgenic tomatillo plants. Plant Cell Reports 11: 558-562.

  1. De La Riva G., Xoconostle-Cázares B., Gutiérrez C., Morán R., Alvarez A., Herrera-Estrella L. and Pérez S. (1992). Expresión heteróloga del gen que codifica para la delta-endotoxina activa de Bacillum thuringiensis var. tenebrionis en E. coli. Biotec. Apl. 9:31-37.

  1. De La Fuente-Martinez, J.M., Mosqueda-Cano, G., Alvarez-Morales, A., and Herrera Estrella, L. (1992). Expression of a bacterial phaseolotoxin resistant ornithyl transcarbamylase in transgenic tobacco confers resistance to Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola. Biotechnology 10: 905-910.

  1. Bailey A., Mena G. and Herrera Estrella L. (1993). Transformation of four pathogenic Phytophtora spp by microprojectile bombardment on intact mycelia. Curr Genet 23: 42-46.

  1. Garzon-Tiznado J. A., Torres-Pacheco I., Ascencio-Ibañez J.T., Herrera-Estrella L. and Rivera-Bustamante R. (1993). Inoculation of peppers with infectious clones of a new geminivirus by a biolistics procedure. Phytopathology 83: 514-521.

  1. Guevara-Garcia A., Mosqueda-Cano G., Arguello-Astorga G., Simpson J. and Herrera-Estrella L. (1993). Tissue specific and wound-inducible pattern of expression of the mannopine synthase promoter is determined by the interaction between positive and negative cis-regulatory elements. The Plant Journal 4: 495-505

  1. Torres-Pacheco, I., Garzón-Tiznado, J.A., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Rivera-Bustamante, R.F. (1993). Complete nucleotide sequence of pepper huasteco virus: analysis and comparison with bipartite geminiviruses. Journal of General Virology 74: 2225-2231.

  1. De La Fuente-Martínez, J.M and Herrera-Estrella L. (1993). Strategies to design transgenic plants resistant to toxins produced by pathogens. AgBiotech News and Inf. 5: 295-299.

  1. Zabaleta E., Assad N., Oropeza A., Salerno G. and Herrera-Estrella L. (1994). Expression of one of the members of the Arabidopsis chaperonin 60b gene family is developmentally regulated and wound-repressible. Plant Mol. Biol. 24: 195-202.

  1. Villegas-Sepulveda, N., Jímenez Moraila, B., Herrera-Estrella, L., and Simpson, J. (1994). Characterization of Amaranthus hypochondriacus Light-Harvesting Chlorophyll a/b-Binding Polypeptide cDNAs. Plant Physioly 105: 459-460.

  1. Arguello-Astorga, G.R. Guevara-González, R.G. Herrera-Estrella L. and Rivera-Bustamante, R.F. (1994). Germinivirus Replication Origins Have a Group-Specific Organization of Iterative Elements: A Model for Replication. Virology 203: 90-100.

  1. Arguello-Astorga, G. Herrera-Estrella, L and Rivera-Bustamante, R.F. (1994). Experimental and theorical definition of geminivirus origin of replication. Plant Molecular Biology 26: 553-556.

  1. Zabaleta, E., Oropeza, A., Assad, N., Mandel, A., Salerno, G. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1994). Antisense expression of chaperonin 60B in transgenic tobacco plants leads to abnormal phenotypes and altered distribution of photossimilates. The Plant Journal 6:425-432.

  1. Peñaloza-Vázquez, A., Mena, G., Herrera-Estrella, L and Bailey, A.M. (1995). Cloning and sequencing of the genes involved in glyphosate utilization by Pseudomonas psedomallei. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 61: 538-543.

  1. Herrera-Estrella L and Simpson J. (1995). Genetically engineered resistance to bacterial and fungal pathogens. World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology 11: 383-392.

  1. Cabrera-Ponce, J.L. Vegas-García, A., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1995). Herbicide resistant transgenic papaya plants produced by an efficient particle bombardment transformation method. Plant Cell Reports 15:1-7.

  1. Pérez-Molphe-Balch, E., Gidekel, M., Segura-Nieto, M. Herrera-Estrella, L. and Ochoa-Alejo, N. (1996). Effects of water stress on plant growth and root proteins in three cultivars of rice (Oryza sativa) with different levels of drought tolerance. Physiologia Plantarum 96:284-290.

  1. Mandel, M.A., Feldmann, K.A., Herrera-Estrella, L., Rocha-Sosa , M., and León, P. (1996). CLA1, a novel gene required for chloroplast development, is highly conserved in evolution. The Plant Journal 9(5): 649-658.

  1. Gidekel, M., Jímenez, B., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1996). The first intron of the Arabidopsis thaliana gene coding for elongation factor 1B contains an enhancer-like element. Gene 170: 201-206.

  1. Valdéz-Alarcón, J.J., Fernando, M., Salerno, G., Jímenez-Moraila, B. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1996). Characterization of a rice sucrose-phosphate synthase-encoding gene. Gene 170: 217-222.

  1. Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Vegas-García, A. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1996). Regeneration of transgenic papaya plants via somatic embryogenesis induced by Agrobacterium rhizogenes. In vitro Cell Dev. Bio. 32: 86-90.

  1. Arguello-Astorga G.R. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1996). Ancestral Multipartite Units in Light-Responsive Plant Promoters Have Structural Features Correlating with Specific Phototransduction Pathways. Plant Physioly 112: 1151-1166.

  1. Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., López, L., Assad-García, N., Medina-Arevalo, C., Bailey, A.M. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1997). An efficient particle bombardment system for the genetic transformation of asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.). Plant Cell Reports 16:255-260.

  1. De La Fuente, J.M., Ramírez-Rodríguez, V., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1997). Aluminum Tolerance in Transgenic Plants by Alteration of Citrate Synthesis. Science 276:1566-1568.

  1. Mosqueda-Cano, G. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1997). A simple and efficient PCR method for the specific detection of Pseudomonas syringae pv phaseolicola in bean seeds. World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology 13: 463-467.

  1. González-Hernández, G.A. Herrera-Estrella, L. Rocha-Ramírez, V. Roncero M.I.G. and Gutiérrez-Corona, J.F. (1997). Biolistic transformation of Mucor circinelloides. Mycol. Res. 101(8): 953-956.

  1. Jofre-Garfias, A.E., Villegas-Sepúlveda, N., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Adame-Alvarez, R.M., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Simpson. J. (1997). Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Amaranthus hypochondriacus: light-and tissue-specific expression of a pea chlorophyll a/b-binding protein promoter. Plant Cell Reports 16: 847-852.

  1. Rossi, M. , Carrari, F.,. Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Vázquez-Rovere, C., Herrera-Estrella, L., Gudesblat, G. and Iusem, N.D. (1998). Analysis of an abscisic acid (ABA)-responsive gene promoter belonging to the Asr gene family from tomato in homologous and heterologous systems. Mol. Gen Genet 258: 1-8.

  1. Arguello-Astorga G., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1998). Evolution of Light-Regulated Plant Promoters. Annu. Rev. Plant Physiol. Plant Mol. Biol. 49:525-555.

  1. Váldez, M., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Sudhakar, D., Herrera-Estrella L. and Christou, P. (1998). Transgenic Central American, West African and Asian Elite Rice Varieties Resulting from Particle Bombardment of Foreign DNA into Mature Seed-derived Explants Utilizing Three Different Bombardment Devices. Annals of Botany 82:795-801.

  1. Guevara-García, A., López-Ochoa, L., López-Bucio, J., Simpson, J. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1998). A 42 bp fragment of the pmas1\\\' promoter containing an ocs-like element confers a developmental, wound- and chemically inducible expression pattern. Plant Molecular Biology 38: 743-753.

  1. Curatti, L., Folco, E., Desplats, P., Abratti, G., Limones-Briones, V. , Herrera-Estrella, L., and Salerno, G. (1998). Sucrose-Phosphate Synthase from Synechocystis sp Strain PCC 6803: Identification of the spsA Gene and Characterization of the Enzyme Expressed in Escherichia coli. Journal of Bacteriology 24: 6776-6779.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L., De La Fuente, J.M., Ramírez-Rodríguez, V., and Cabrera-Ponce, J.L. (1998). Expression of a Bacterial Citrate Synthase in the Cytoplasm of Transgenic Plants Leads to Aluminum Tolerance. (Abstract) Purdue University. Ed. Robert E. Schaffert

  1. Ruíz-Medrano, R., Guevara-González, Rg, Arguello-Astorga, GR, Monsalve-Fonegra, Z., Herrera-Estrella, L., and Rivera-Bustamante, R. (1999). Identification of a sequence element involved in AC2 mediated transactivation of the pepper huasteco virus coat protein gene. Virology 253:162-169.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L. (1999). Transgenic plants for tropical regions: Some considerations about their development and their transfer to the small farmer. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 96: 5978-5981.

  1. De La Fuente-Martinez, J.M., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1999). Advances in the understanding of aluminum toxicity and the development of aluminum tolerant transgenic plants. Advances in Agronomy, 66: 103-119.

  1. Guevara-García, A., López-Bucio, J., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1999). The mannopine synthase promoter contains vectorial cis-regulatory elements that act as enhancers and silencers. Mol Gen Genet 262: 608-617.

  1. Ruíz-Herrera, J., León-Ramirez, C., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Martínez-Espinoza, A.D. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (1999). Completion of the sexual cycle and demonstration of genetic recombination in Ustilago maydis in vitro. Mol. Gen Genet 262:468-472.

  1. López-Bucio, J., Martínez De La Vega, O., Guevara-García, A., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2000). Enhanced phosphorus uptake in transgenic tobacco plants that overproduce citrate. Nature Biotechnology, 18: 450-453.

  1. Chávez-Bárcenas, A.T., Váldez-Alarcón, J.J., Martínez-Trujillo, M., Chen, L., Xoconostle-Cazárez, B., Lucas, W.J., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2000). Tissue-Specific and Developmental Pattern of Expression of the Rice sps1 Gene.. Plant Physiology 124: 641-653.

  1. Curatti, L., Porchia, A.C., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Salerno, G. (2000). A prokaryotic sucrose synthase gene (susA) isolated from a filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium encodes a protein similar to those of plants. Planta 211:729- 735
  2. López-Bucio, J., Nieto-Jacobo, M.F., Ramirez-Rodriguez, V., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2000). Organic acid metabolism in plants: from adaptive physiology to transgenic varieties for cultivation in extreme soils. Plant Science 16:1-13

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L. (2000) Genetically Modified Crops and Developing Countries. Plant Physiology, 124:923-925.

  1. Herrera-Estrella, L. and Alvarez-Morales, A. (2001). Genetically modified crops: hope for developing countries? EMBO Reports 21 (4): 256-258.

  1. Aguado-Santacruz, G.A., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Ramirez-Chavez, E. , León-Ramírez, C.G., Rascón-Cruz, Q. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2001) Establishment, characterization and plant regeneration from highly chlorophyllous embryogenic cell cultures of blue grama grass, Bouteloua gracilis (H.B.K.) Lag. ex Steud. Plant Cell Reports 20: 131-136.

  1. Aguado-Santacruz, G.A., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Olalde-Portugal, V., Sánchez-González, M.R., Marquez-Guzmán, J., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2001) Tissue culture and plant regeneration of blue grama grass, Bouteloua gracilis (H.B.K.) Lag ex steud. In vitro Cellular and Development Biology-Plant 37 (2):182-189.

  1. Martinez-Hernández, A., López Ochoa, L., Argüello-Astorga, G., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2002) Functional Properties and Regulatory Complexity of a Minimal RBCS Light-Responsive Unit Activated by Phytochrome, Cryptochrome, and Plastid Signals. Plant Physiology 128: 1223-1233.

  1. Aguado-Santacruz, G.A., Rascón-Cruz, Q., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Martínez-Hernández, A., Olalde-Portugal, V., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2002) Transgenic plants of blue grama grass, Bouteloua gracilis (H.B.K.) Lag. ex Steud., from microprojectile bombardment of highly chlorophyllous embryogenic cells. Theor Appl Genet 104: 763-771.

  1. López-Bucio, J., Hernández-Abreu, E., Sánchez-Calderón, L., Nieto-Jacobo, M.F., Simpson, J., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2002). Phosphate availability alters architecture and causes changes in hormone sensitivity in the Arabidopsis root system. Plant Physiology 129: 244-256 .

  1. Marsch-Martinez, N., Greco, R., Van Arkel, G., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Pereira, A. (2002). Activation tagging using the En-I maize transposon system in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 129: 1544-1556.

  1. O\\\'connor Sánchez, A., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Váldez-Melara, M., Téllez-Rodriguez, P., Pons-Hernández, J.L., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2002) Transgenic maize plants from tropical and subtropical genotypes obtained from calli containing organogenic and embryogenic-like structures derived from shoot tips. Plant Cell Reports 21: 302-312.

  1. Sciutto, E., Fragoso, G., Manoutcharian, K., Gevorkian, G., Rosas, G., Hernandez, M., Herrera-Estrella, L., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., López Casillas, F., González Bonilla, C., Santiago Machuca, A., Ruíz Pérez, F., Sánchez, J., Goldbaum, F., Aluja, A., and Larralde, C. (2002) New Approaches to improve a peptide vaccine against porcine Taenia solium Cysticercosis. Achieves of Medical Research 33: 371-378.

  1. Martínez-Trujillo, M., Simpson, J., and Herrera Estrella, L. (2002). Transgenic plants in Modern Agricultural. Journal of New Seeds 4 (3): 1-23.

  1. Martínez-Trujillo, M., Limones-Briones, V., Chávez-Bárcenas, A.T., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2003) Functional analysis of the 5\\\' untranslated region of the sucrose phosphate synthase rice gene (sps1). Plant Science 165: 9-20.

  1. López-Bucio, J., Cruz-Ramírez, A., and Herrera Estrella, L. (2003). The role of nutrient availability in regulating root architecture. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 6: 280-287.

  1. Martinez-Trujillo, M., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L. and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2003). Improvement of rice transformation using bombardment of scutellum-derived calli. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 21: 429-437.

  1. Martínez-Trujillo, M., Chávez Bárcenas, A.T., Limones-Briones, V., Simpson, L., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2004). Functional analysis of the promoter of the rice sucrose phosphate synthase gene (sps1). Plant Science 166: 131-140.

  1. Martínez-Trujillo, M., Limones Briones, V., Cabrera Ponce, J.L., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2004). Improving transformation efficiency of Arabidopsis thaliana by modifying the floral dip method. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 22: 63-70.

  1. León-Ramirez, C.G., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Martínez-Espinoza, A.D., Herrera-Estrella, L., Mendez, L., Reynaga-Peña C.G., and Ruiz-Herrera J. (2004). Infection of alternative host plant species by Ustilago maydis. New Phytologist 164: 337-346.

  1. Cruz-Ramírez, A., López-Bucio, J., Ramírez-Pimentel, G., Zurita-Silva, A., Sánchez-Calderón, L., Ramírez-Chávez, E., González-Ortega, E., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2004). The xipotl mutant of Arabidopsis reveals a critical role for phospholipids metabolism in root system development and epidermal cell integrity. The Plant Cell 16: 2020-2034.

  1. Ramírez-Chávez, E., López-Bucio, J., Herrera-Estrella, L., and Molina-Torres, J. (2004). Alkamides Isolated from Plants Promote Growth and Alter Root Development in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 134: 1058-1068.

93. Robledo-Paz, A., Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Villalobos Arambula, V.M., Herrera-Estrella, L. and Jofre-Garfias, A. (2004). Genetic Transformation of Garlic (Allium sativum L.) by Particle Bombardment. HortScience 39: 1208-1211.

94. Herrera-Estrella L., Simpson J., and Martínez-Trujillo M. (2005). Transgenic plants: an historical perspective. Methods Mol. Biol. 286: 3-32.

95. Sánchez-Calderón, L., López-Bucio, J., Chacón-López, A., Cruz-Ramírez, A., Nieto-Jacobo, F., Duvrovsky, J.G., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2005). Phosphate starvation induces a determinate developmental program in the roots of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Physiology 46 (1): 174-184.

  1. García-Valenzuela, X., García-Moya, E., Rascón-Cruz, Q., Herrera-Estrella, L., and Aguado-Santacruz, G.A. (2005). Chlorophyll accumulation is enhanced by osmotic stress in graminaceous chlorophyllic cells. Journal of Plant Physiology 162 (6):650-61.

  1. López-Bucio, J., Hernández-Abreu, E., Sánchez-Calderón, L., Pérez-Torres, A., Rampey, R.A., Bartel, B., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2005). An auxin transport independent pathway is involved in phosphate stress-induced root architectural alterations in Arabidopsis. Identification of BIG as a mediator of auxin in pericicle cell activation” Plant Physiology 137:681-691.

  1. Misson, J., Raghothama, K.G., Jain, A., Jouet, J., Block, M.A., Bligny, R., Ortet, P., Creff, A., Somerville, S., Rolland, N., Soumas, P., Nacry, P., Herrera Estrella, L., Naussame, L., and Thibaud, M.C. (2005). A genome-wide transcriptional analysis using Arabidopsis thaliana affymetric gene chips determined plant responses to phosphate deprivation. PNAS. 102(33): 11934-11939.

  1. Acevedo Hernández, G.J., León, P., and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2005). Sugar and ABA responsiveness of a minimal RBCS light-responsive unit is mediated by direct binding of ABI4. The plant Journal 43, 506-519.

100. Sharry, S.,Cabrera-Ponce, J.L., Herrera-Estrella, L., Rangel-Cano, R.M., Lade, S., Abedini, W. (2006). An alternative pathway for plant in vitro regeneration of chinaberry-tree melia azedarach L derived from the induction of somatic embryogenesis. Electronic Journal of Biotechnology. Vol. 9:3, 3-13

101. Sánchez-Calderón L., López-Bucio J., Chacón-López A., Gutiérrez-Ortega A., Hernandez-Abreu E., and Herrera Estrella L. (2006) “Characterization of low phosphorus insensitive Mutants reveals a crosstalk between low phosphorus-induced determinate root development and the activation of genes involved in the adaptation of Arabidopsis to phosphorus deficiency”. Plant Physiology 140:879-889.

102. Cruz-Ramírez A., Oropeza-Aburto A., Razo-Hernández F., Ramírez-Chávez E. and Herrera-Estrella L. (2006). Phospholopase DZ2 plays an important role in extraplastidic galactolipid biosyntgesis and phosphate recycling in Arabidospsis roots. PNAS 103 (17):6765-70.

103. Salmeron, J. and Herrera-Estrella L. (2006). Plant Biotechnology. Fast-forward genomics for improved crop production. Editorial overview. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 9: 177-179.

104. López-Bucio, J., Acevedo-Hernández, G., Ramírez-Chávez, E., Molina-Torres, J and Herrera-Estrella, L. (2006). Novel signals for plant development. Current Opinión in Plant Biology 9:523-529.

105. Sciutto E, Rosas G. Hernández M, Morales J, Cruz-Revilla C, Toledo A, Manoutcharian K, Gevorkian G, Blancas A, Acero G, Hernández B, Cervantes J, Bobes RJ, Goldbaum FA, Huerta M, Díaz-Orea A, Fleury A, de Aluja AS, Cabrera-Ponce JL, Herrera-Estrella L, Fragoso G, Sarralde C.(2007). Improvement of the synthetic tri-peptide vaccine (S3Pvac) against porcine Taenia solium cysticercosis in search of a more effective, inexpensive and manageable vaccine. Vaccine. 9;25 (8):1368-78.

106. López Bucio, J., Millán-Godínez, M., Méndez-Bravo, A., Morquecho-Contreras, A., Ramírez-Chávez E., Molina-Torres., A., Masayuki, H., Kakimoto, T. and Herrera-Estrella L. (2007) Cytokinin receptors are envolved in alkamide regulation of root and shoot development in Arabidopsis. Plant physiology 145:1703-1713.

107. López Ochoa L., Acevedo Hernández G., Martínez Hernández A., Argúello Astorga G., and Herrera Estrella L

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