Jesús Montiel González

Functional Genomics of Eukaryotes Researcher

Assistant Professor

Academic history

Jesús Montiel is a biologist graduated from Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla. Since his graduate studies have covered diverse angles of the legume-Rhizobia relationship in prestigious research institutes. This symbiotic association leads to biological nitrogen fixation, an essential mechanism to achieve sustainable agriculture. During his Master and PhD degrees at the Institute of Biotechnology (UNAM), studied the early signaling events in the Phaseolus vulgarisRhizobium symbiosis, and was awarded the Alfonso Caso medal for his performance in the PhD program. As a postdoctoral researcher, analyzed symbiotic peptides with antimicrobial activity and metalo-proteins in the model legume Medicago truncatula and closely related species, both at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He joined the group headed by Prof. Jens Stougaard at Aarhus University, in 2018, where contributed to develop a novel working model to unveil the molecular components in the ancient and poorly explored intercellular symbiotic infection, using the model legume Lotus japonicus (Lotus).

Since March 2022, Jesús Montiel joined the program Functional Genomics of Eukaryotes at the Centre for Genomic Sciences, developing different research lines to elucidate the molecular components employed by legume roots to facilitate the colonization of symbiotic microorganisms. The different projects involve the characterization of legume genes (Lotus or common bean) involved in various biological processes such as cell-wall remodelling proteins, transcriptional regulators, among others… For this purpose, plant molecular biology, bioinformatics, and microscopy techniques (optical and confocal) are used in homozygous mutants affected in genes-of-interest. These projects are carried out in coordination with different collaborators from national and foreign research centres.


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Año Publicación PMID
2021 Montiel, J., Reid, D. E., Gronaek, T., Benfeldt, C.M., et al. (2021). ” Distinct signalling routes mediate intercellular and intracellular rhizobial infection in Lotus japonicus”. Plant Physiology. 185(3):1131-1147. [] 33793909
2019 Fonseca-García, C., Zayas, A.E., Montiel, J., Nava, N. and Quinto, C. (2019). “Transcriptome analysis of the differential effect of the NADPH oxidase gene RbohB in Phaseolus vulgaris roots following Rhizobium tropici and Rhizophagus irregularis inoculation”. BMC genomics. 20(1):1-18. [] 31684871
2019 Reyes-Hernández, J., Shiskova, S., Amir, R., Quintana-Armas, A. X., Napsucialy-Mendivil, S., Cervantes-Gamez, R. G., Torres-Martínez, H. H., Montiel, J., Wood, C. D., and Dubrovsky, J. (2019). “Root stem cell niche maintenance and apical meristem activity critically depend on THREONINE SYNTHASE1″. Journal of experimental botany. 70(15):3835-3849. [] 30972413
2018 Montiel, J., Fonseca-García, C., and Quinto, C. (2018). “Phylogeny and expression of NADPH oxidases during symbiotic nodule formation”. Agriculture. 8(11):179. [] 21155825
2018 Kereszt, A., Mergaert, P., Montiel, J., Endre, G., and Kondorosi, É. (2018). “Impact of plant peptides on symbiotic nodule development and functioning”. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9. [] 30065740
2018 León-Mediavilla, J., Senovilla, M., Montiel, J., Gil-Díez, P., Saez, Á., Kryvoruchko, I.S., et al. (2018). “MtMTP2-facilitated zinc transport into intracellular compartments is essential for nodule development in Medicago truncatula”. Frontiers in Plant Science. 9990. [] 30042781
2017 Arthikala, M.-K., Montiel, J., Sánchez-López, R., Nava, N., Cárdenas, L., and Quinto, C. (2017). “Respiratory Burst Oxidase Homolog Gene A Is Crucial for Rhizobium Infection and Nodule Maturation and Function in Common Bean”. Frontiers in Plant Science. 82003. [] 29218056
2017 Montiel, J., Downie, J.A., Farkas, A., Bihari, P., Herczeg, R., Bálint, B., et al. (2017). “Morphotype of bacteroids in different legumes correlates with the number and type of symbiotic NCR peptides”. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(19):5041-5046. [] 28438996
2016 Montiel, J., Arthikala, M.-K., Cárdenas, L., and Quinto, C. (2016). “Legume NADPH oxidases have crucial roles at different stages of nodulation”. International Journal of molecular Sciences. 17(5):680. [] 27213330
2016 Montiel, J., Szűcs, A., Boboescu, I.Z., Gherman, V.D., Kondorosi, É., and Kereszt, A. (2016). “Terminal bacteroid differentiation is associated with variable morphological changes in legume species belonging to the inverted repeat-lacking clade”. International Journal of molecular Sciences. 17(5):680. [] 26713350
2013 Arthikala, M.-K., Montiel, J., Nava, N., Santana, O., Sánchez-López, R., Cárdenas, L., et al. (2013). “PvRbohB negatively regulates Rhizophagus irregularis colonization in Phaseolus vulgaris”. Plant and Cell Physiology. 54(8):1391-402. [] 23788647
2013 Montiel, J., Arthikala, M.-K., and Quinto, C. (2013). “Phaseolus vulgaris RbohB functions in lateral root development”. Plant Signaling and Behavior. 8(1):e22694. [] 23221754
2013 Shishkova, S., Las Peñas, M.L., Napsucialy-Mendivil, S., Matvienko, M., Kozik, A., Montiel, J., etal. (2013). “Determinate primary root growth as an adaptation to aridity in Cactaceae: towards an understanding of the evolution and genetic control of the trait”. Annals of Botany. 112(2):239-52. [] 23666887
2012 Montiel, J., Nava, N., Cárdenas, L., Sánchez-López, R., Arthikala, M.-K., Santana, O., et al. (2012). “A Phaseolus vulgaris NADPH oxidase gene is required for root infection by Rhizobia”. Plant and Cell Physiology. 53(10):1751-67. [] 22942250
2011 Sánchez‐López, R., Jauregui, D., Nava, N., Alvarado‐Affantranger, X., Montiel, J., Santana, O., et al. (2011). “Down‐regulation of SymRK correlates with a deficiency in vascular bundle development in Phaseolus vulgaris nodules”. Cell and Environment. 34(12):2109-21. [] 21848862