Anming Meng  Ph.D.

Professor of Developmental Biology, Fellow of Chinese Academy of Sciences, TWAS Fellow

1979-1983, Undergraduate of Southwestern Agricultural University. 
1987-1990, PhD student of University of Nottingham, UK. 
1990-1996, Postdoctoral fellow and associate professor of Beijing Agricultural University. 
1996-1998, Visiting scholar of Medical College of Georgia. 
1998 to now, Professor of Tsinghua University.

Research interest

This lab has focused on mechanisms controlling early embryonic development of vertebrates. Mainly using the zebrafish and the mouse as model systems, the lab has been studying cell fate determination during cleavage and blastula stages, germ layer induction and patterning, and dorsoventral and anteroposterior differentiation. Particular attention is paid to the role of maternal (oocyte-derived) factors in the above developmental processes.

Selected publications

1. Jin, H., Han, Y., Wang, H., Li, J.X.H., Shen, W., Zhang, L., Chen, L., Jia, S., Yuan, P., Chen, H., and Meng, A.*  (2022). The second polar body contributes to the fate asymmetry in the mouse embryo. Nat Sci Rev, nwac003.

2. Chen, L., Xu, W., Liu, K., Jiang, Z., Han, Y., Jin, H., Zhang, L., Shen, W., Jia, S., Sun, Q., Meng, A.* (2021). 5' Half of specific tRNAs feeds back to promote corresponding tRNA gene transcription in vertebrate embryos. Sci Adv 7, eabh0494.

3. Zhang, L., Chen, L., Chen, J., Shen, W., and Meng, A.* (2020). Mini-III RNase-based dual-color system for in vivo mRNA tracking. Development 147, dev190728.

4. Jiang, D., Jiang, Z., Lu, D., Wang, X., Liang, H., Zhang, J., Meng, Y., Li, Y., Wu, D., Huang, Y., Chen, Y., Deng, H., Wu, Q., Xiong, J., Meng, A.* and Yu, L.* (2019). Migrasomes provide regional cues for organ morphogenesis during zebrafish gastrulation. Nat Cell Biol 21, 966-977.

5. Gong, B., Li, Z., Xiao, W., Li, G., Ding, S., Meng, A.* and Jia, S*. (2019). Sec14l3 potentiates VEGFR2 signaling to regulate zebrafish vasculogenesis. Nat Commun 10, 1606.

6. Yan, L., Chen, J., Zhu, X., Sun, J., Wu, X., Shen, W., Zhang, W., Tao, Q.*, and Meng, A.* (2018). Maternal Huluwa dictates the embryonic body axis through beta-catenin in vertebrates. Science 362, eaat1045.

7. Zhang, B., Wu, X., Zhang, W., Shen, W., Sun, Q., Liu, K., Zhang, Y., Wang, Q., Li, Y., Meng, A.* and Xie, W.* (2018). Widespread Enhancer Dememorization and Promoter Priming during Parental-to-Zygotic Transition. Mol Cell 72, 673-686 e676.

8. Sun, J., Yan, L., Shen, W., and Meng, A.* (2018). Maternal Ybx1 safeguards zebrafish oocyte maturation and maternal-to-zygotic transition by repressing global translation. Development 145, dev166587.

9. Gao, Q., Zhang, J., Wang, X., Liu, Y., He, R., Liu, X., Wang, F., Feng, J., Yang, D., Wang, Z.*, Meng, A.* and Yan, X.* (2017). The signalling receptor MCAM coordinates apical-basal polarity and planar cell polarity during morphogenesis. Nat Commun 8, 15279.

10. Gong, B., Shen, W., Xiao, W., Meng, Y., Meng, A.* and Jia, S.* (2017). The Sec14-like phosphatidylinositol transfer proteins Sec14l3/SEC14L2 act as GTPase proteins to mediate Wnt/Ca(2+) signaling. Elife 6, e26362.

11. Liu, Z., Ning, G., Xu, R., Cao, Y., Meng, A.* and Wang, Q.* (2016). Fscn1 is required for the trafficking of TGF-beta family type I receptors during endoderm formation. Nat Commun 7, 12603.

12. Zhang, J., Jiang, Z., Liu, X. and Meng, A.* (2016). Eph/ephrin signaling maintains the boundary of dorsal forerunner cell cluster during morphogenesis of the zebrafish embryonic left-right organizer. Development 143, 2603-2615.

13. Xue, Y., Zheng, X., Huang, L., Xu, P., Ma, Y., Min, Z., Tao, Q., Tao, Y.*, and Meng, A*. (2014) Organizer-derived Bmp2 is required for the formation of a correct Bmp activity gradient during embryonic development. Nat Commun 5, 3766.

14. Xu, P., Zhu, G., Wang, Y., Sun, J., Liu, X., Chen, Y. G., and Meng, A*. (2014) Maternal Eomesodermin regulates zygotic nodal gene expression for mesendoderm induction in zebrafish embryos. J Mol Cell Biol 6, 272-285.

15. Liu, X., Xiong, C., Jia, S., Zhang, Y., Chen, Y. G., Wang, Q., and Meng, A*. (2013) Araf kinase antagonizes Nodal-Smad2 activity in mesendoderm development by directly phosphorylating the Smad2 linker region. Nat Commun 4, 1728.


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