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Mo Xu, Ph.D.

Representative Publications

1. Xu M*, Pokrovskii M*, Ding Y, Yi R, Au C, Harrison OJ, Galan C, Belkaid Y, Bonneau R, Littman DR. c-Maf-dependent regulatory T cells mediate immunological tolerance to intestinal microbiota. Nature. 2018 Feb 15; 554(7692):373-377. PMCID: PMC5814346 (*Equal contribution, highlighted by Nature Review of Immunology)

2. Yang Y, Torchinsky MB, Gobert M, Xiong H, Xu M, Linehan JL, Alonzo F, Ng C, Chen A, Lin X, Sczesnak A, Liao JJ, Torres VJ, Jenkins MK, Lafaille JJ, Littman DR. Focused specificity of intestinal TH17 cells towards commensal bacterial antigens. Nature. 2014 Jun 5;510(7503):152-6.

3. Huang C, Zhang Z, Xu M, Li Y, Li Z, Ma Y, Cai T, Zhu B. H3.3-H4 tetramer splitting events feature cell-type specific enhancers. PLoS Genet. 2013 Jun;9(6):e1003558.

4. Yuan W, Wu T, Fu H, Dai C, Wu H, Liu N, Li X, Xu M, Zhang Z, Niu T, Han Z, Chai J, Zhou XJ, Gao S, Zhu B. Dense chromatin activates Polycomb repressive complex 2 to regulate H3 lysine 27 methylation. Science. 2012 Aug 24;337(6097):971-5.

5. Xu M, Wang W, Chen S#, Zhu B#. A model for mitotic inheritance of histone lysine methylation. EMBO Rep. 2011 Dec 23; 13(1):60-7. (#Co-correspondence)

6. Jing B, Xu S, Xu M, Li Y, Li S, Ding J, Zhang Y. Brush and spray: a high-throughput systemic acquired resistance assay suitable for large-scale genetic screening. Plant Physiol. 2011 Nov; 157(3):973-80.

7. Yuan W*, Xu M*, Huang C, Liu N, Chen S, Zhu B. H3K36 methylation antagonizes PRC2-mediated H3K27 methylation. J Biol Chem. 2011 Mar 11; 286 (10): 7983-9. (*Equal contribution)

8. Chen X, Xiong J, Xu M, Chen S, Zhu B. Symmetrical modification within a nucleosome is not required globally for histone lysine methylation. EMBO Rep. 2011 Mar; 12(3): 244-51.

9. Xu M*, Long C*, Chen X, Huang C, Chen S#, Zhu B#. Partitioning of histone H3-H4 tetramers during DNA replication-dependent chromatin assembly. Science. 2010 Apr 2; 328(5974): 94-8. (*Equal contribution; #Co-correspondence)

10. Jia G, Wang W, Li H, Mao Z, Cai G, Sun J, Wu H, Xu M, Yang P, Yuan W, Chen S, Zhu B. A systematic evaluation of the compatibility of histones containing methyl-lysine analogues with biochemical reactions. Cell Res. 2009 Oct; 19(10):1217-20.


1. Huang C, Xu M, Zhu B. Epigenetic inheritance mediated by histone lysine methylation: maintaining transcriptional states without the precise restoration of marks? Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2013 Jan 5;368(1609):20110332.

2. Xu M, Zhu B. Nucleosome assembly and epigenetic inheritance. Protein Cell. 2010 Sep; 1(9):820-9.

Book Chapter

1. Xu M, Chen S#, Zhu B#. Investigating the cell cycle-associated dynamics of histone modifications using quantitative mass spectrometry. Methods Enzymol. 2012;512:29-55. (#Co-correspondence)