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Alison MillsA, JaganathaV, CortezA, Guzman, M, Burnette, JM, Matthew Collin, M, Lopez-Lopez, B, Wessler, SR, Van Norman, J, Nelson, DC, Rasmussen, CG (2021) A course-based undergraduate research experience in CRISPR-Cas9 experimental design to support reverse genetic studies in Arabidopsis thaliana. J of Microbiol & Biol Ed 22(2): e00155-21.

doi: 10.1128/jmbe.00155-21.


Chen, J, Lu L, Rob, SMC, Collin,M, Okumoto, Y, Stajich, JE, Wessler, SR (2020) Genomic diversity generated by a transposable element burst in a rice recombinant inbred population. Proc Natl Acad Sci 117: 26288-26297.

Ing M, Burnette JM, Azzam T, Wessler SR. Participation in a course-based undergraduate research experience results in higher grades in the companion lecture course. Educational Researcher. 2020 October. Available from: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3102/0013189X20968097

Wessler, SR (2019) Origin of spontaneous mutations in maize has been hiding in plain sight.  (Commentary) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 116: 10617


Chen, J, Lu L, Benjamin, J., Diaz, S., Hancock, CN, Stajich, JE, Wessler, SR (2019) Tracking the origin of two genetic components associated with transposable element bursts in domesticated rice. Nature Comm. Vol. 10: 641


Wessler, S.R., Flores, J. (Co-chairs) (2018) Consensus Study Report: Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine.


Lu, L., Chen, J., Robb, SM, Okumoto, Y, Stajich, JE, Wessler, SR (2017) Tracking the genome-wide outcomes of a transposable element burst over decades of amplification. Proc Natl Acad Sci 114: 10550.

 Liu, K. and Wessler, SR (2017) Transposition of Mutator–like transposable elements (MULEs) resembles hAT and Transib elements and V(D)J recombination. Nucl. Acids Res. 45: 6644-6655.

 Liu, K. and Wessler, SR (2017) Functional characterization of the active Mutator-like transposable element Muta1 from the mosquito Aedes aegypti. Mobile DNA 8: 1-12.



Burnette III, JM., Kanizay, L, Chester, N and Wessler, SR. (2016). Dilution and Pipetting Lesson Using Food Dyes. CourseSource.org


Robb, SMC, Burnette III, JM, Chaposkaya, A, Palmer, K, and Wessler, SR. (2014). An Open Source, Collaborative Electronic Notebook for Undergraduate Laboratory Classes. CourseSource.org


Robb, SMC, Lu, L, Valencia, E, Burnette III, JM, Okumoto, Y, Wessler, SR, and Stajich, JE (2013). The Use of RelocaTE and Unassembled Short Reads to Produce High-Resolution Snapshots of Transposable Element Generated Diversity in Rice. G3 June 2013 3:949-957; Early Online April 5, 2013, doi:10.1534/g3.112.005348

Burnette III, JM and Wessler, SR (2013). Transposing from the Laboratory to the Classroom to Generate Authentic Research Experiences for Undergraduates.Genetics 193:367-375. 

Han, Y, Qin, S. and Wessler, SR (2013). Comparison of class 2 transposable elements at superfamily resolution reveals conserved and distinct features in cereal grass genomes. BMC Genomics 14:71


Hancock CN, Zhang F, Floyd K, Richardson AO, Lafayette P, Tucker D, Wessler SR, Parrott WA (2011). The Rice Miniature Inverted Repeat Transposable Element mPing Is an Effective Insertional Mutagen in Soybean. Plant Physiol. 2011 Oct;157(2):552-62. Epub 2011 Aug 15.

Yao-Wu Yuan and  Wessler SR (2011). The catalytic domain of all eukaryotic cut-and-paste transposase superfamilies. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 2011; published ahead of print April 25, 2011, doi:10.1073/pnas.1104208108


Hancock C N, Zhang, F, and Wessler SR (2010). Transposition of the Tourist-MITE mPing in yeast: an assay that retains key features of catalysis by the class 2 PIF/Harbinger superfamily. Mob DNA vol. 1(5).

Han Y and Wessler S(2010). MITE-Hunter: a program for discovering miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements from genomic sequences. Nucleic Acids Research.  38(22): e199 doi:10.1093/nar/gkq862


Han Y, Burnette III J M and Wessler S R (2009). TARGeT: a web-based pipeline for retrieving and characterizing gene and transposable element families from genomic sequences. Nucleic Acids Res. Advance Access published on May 8, 2009, DOI 10.1093/nar/gkp295. 

Naito K, Zhang F, Tsukiyama T, Saito H, Hancock CN, Richardson AO, Okumoto Y, Tanisaka T, Wessler SR. (2009). Unexpected consequences of a sudden and massive transposon amplification on rice gene expression. Nature. 461(7267):1130-4. 

Yang G, Nagel DH, Feschotte C, Hancock CN, Wessler SR.(2009). Tuned for transposition: molecular determinants underlying the hyperactivity of a Stowaway MITE. Science. 325:1391-4. 


Yang G, Zhang F, Hancock C N and Wessler S R (2007). Transposition of the rice miniature inverted repeat transposable element mPing in Arabidopsis thaliana.Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 104: 10962 - 10967. 


Holligan D, Zhang X, Jiang N, Pritham E J and Wessler S R (2006). The transposable element landscape of the model legume Lotus japonicus. Genetics 174: 2215 - 222

Wessler S R (2006). Eukaryotic Transposable Elements and Genome Evolution Special Feature: Transposable elements and the evolution of eukaryotic genomes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 103: 17600 - 17601. 

Naito K, Cho E, Yang G, Campbell M A, Yano K, Okumoto Y, Tanisaka T and Wessler S R (2006). Dramatic amplification of a rice transposable element during recent domestication. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 103:17620 - 17625. 

Yang G, Weil C F, Wessler S R (2006). A rice Tc1/Mariner-like element transposes in yeast. The Plant Cell 18: 2469-2478. 

Wessler S R (2006). Eukaryotic Transposable Elements: Teaching Old Genomes New Tricks. The Implicit Genome (Caporale L, ed.). Oxford University Press. USA. 


Bouck A, Peeler R, Arnold M L and Wessler S R (2005). Genetic mapping of species boundaries in louisiana irises using IRRE retrotransposon display markers.  Genetics 171: 1289-1303. 

Pritham E J, Feschotte C, Wessler S R (2005). Unexpected diversity and differential success of DNA transposons in four species of entamoeba protozoans Mol. Biol. Evol. 22(9):1751-1763. 

Zhang X and Wessler S R (2005).BoS: A large and diverse family of short interspersed elements (SINEs) in Brassica oleracea. J. Mol. Evol.  60: 677-87. 

Wessler S R and Carrington J C (2005). Genome studies and molecular genetics: The consequences of gene and genome duplication in plants. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol.  8:119-121. 

Feschotte C, Osterlund M T, Peeler R, and Wessler S R (2005). DNA-binding specificity of rice mariner-like transposases and interactions with Stowaway MITEs. Nucleic Acids Res. 33:2153-2165. 

Wessler S R (2005). Homing into the Origin of the AP2 DNA Binding Domain.  Trends in Plant Science. 10(2): 54-6. 


Jiang N, Bao Z, Zhang X, Eddy S R, and Wessler S R (2004). Pack-MULE transposable elements mediate gene evolution in plants. Nature. 431:  569-573. 

Zhang X, Jiang N, Feschotte C, and Wessler S R (2004). PIF- and Pong-like transposable elements: Distribution, evolution and relationship with Tourist-like miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements.  Genetics 166: 971-986. 

Zhang X, and Wessler S R (2004). Genome-wide comparative analysis of the transposable elements in the related species Arabidopsis thaliana and Brassica oleracea.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 101: 5589-5594. 

Jiang N, Feschotte C, Zhang X, and Wessler S R (2004). Using rice to understand the origin and amplification of miniature inverted repeat transposable elements (MITEs). Curr. Opin. Plant Biol.  7:115-119. 


Kentner E K,  Arnold L M, and Wessler S R (2003). Characterization of high-copy-number retrotransposons from the large genomes of the louisiana iris species and their use as molecular markers. Genetics 164: 685-697. 

Biedler J, Qi Y, Holligan D,  Della Torre A, Wessler S R, and Tu Z  (2003). Transposable element (TE) display and rapid detection of TE insertion polymorphism in the Anopheles gambiae species complex. Insect Mol. Biol. 12 (3): 211-216. 

Feschotte C, Swamy L & Wessler S R (2003). Genome-wide analysis of mariner-like transposable elements reveals complex relationships with Stowaway MITEs. Genetics 143: 747-758. 

Jiang N, Bao Z, Zhang X, Hirochika H, Eddy S R, McCouch S R, and Wessler S R (2003).  An active DNA transposon family in rice. Nature. 421: 163-167. 


Jiang N, Jordan K I, and Wessler S R (2002). Dasheng and RIRE2. a nonautonomous long terminal repeat element and its putative autonomous partner in the rice genome. Plant Physiology. 130: 1697-1705. 

Jiang N, Bao Z, Temnykh S, Cheng Z, Jiang J, Wing R, McCouch S and Wessler S R (2002).  Dasheng: a recently amplified nonautonomous LTR element that is a major component of pericentromeric regions in rice. Genetics. 161: 1293-1305. 

Daniel G. Peterson, Stefan R. Schulze, Erica B. Sciara, Scott A. Lee, John E. Bowers, Alexander Nagel, Ning Jiang, Deanne C. Tibbitts, Susan R. Wessler, and Andrew H. Paterson (2002). Integration of Cot analysis, DNA cloning, and high-throughput sequencing facilitates genome characterization and gene discovery. Genome Research. 12: 795-807. 

Feschotte C, Jiang N & Wessler S R (2002). Plant transposable elements: where genetics meets gemomics. Nature Reviews Genetics. 3: 329-341. 

Feschotte C, Zhang X & Wessler S R (2002). Miniature Inverted-repeat Transposable Elements (MITEs) and their relationship with established DNA transposons. In Mobile DNA II (Craig N, Craigie R, Gellert M & Lambowitz A, eds.). American Society of Microbiology Press. Washington D.C. Available now from ASM press. 

Feschotte C & Wessler S R (2002). Mariner-like transposases are widespread and diverse in flowering plants. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A. 99: 280-285. 


Jiang, N. and Wessler, S R (2001). Insertion preference of maize and rice MITEs as revealed by the analysis of nested elements. The Plant Cell. 13:2553-2564. 

Zhang X, Feschotte C, Zhang Q, Jiang N, Eggleston W B & Wessler  S R (2001). P instability factor:An active maize transposon system associated with the amplification of Tourist-like MITEs and a new superfamily of transposases. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U  S A.98:12572-12577. 
Read Commentary by J. Jurka &V. Kapitonov 

Wessler, S R (2001)  McClintock at 100 - Reason to Celebrate: Book Review of  The Tangled Field. Science. 294:62-63. 

Feschotte Cedric, Wessler S R (2001). Treasures in the attic: Rolling circle transposons discovered in eukaryotic genomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 98: 8923-8924. 

Wang L, Wessler S R (2001). Role of mRNA Secondary Structure in Translational Repression of the Maize Transcriptional Activator Lc. Plant Physiol.  125:1380-1387. 

Chandler V L, Wessler S (2001). Grasses: A collective model genetic system. Plant Physiology. 125:1155-6. 

Wessler S R. (2001). Plant Transposable Elements. A Hard Act to Follow. Plant Physiology. 125:149-151. 


Casa A M, Brouwer C, Nagel A, Wang L, Zhang Q, Kresovich S, Wessler S R (2000). Inaugural article: The MITE family heartbreaker (Hbr): Molecular markers in maize. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000; 29;97:10083-9. 

Wendel J F, Wessler S R (2000). Retrotransposon-mediated genome evolution on a local ecological scale. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 

Hu J, Reddy V S, Wessler S R (2000). The rice R gene family: two distinct subfamilies containing several miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements. Plant Mol Biol. 42:667-78. 

Zhang Q, Arbuckle J, Wessler S R (2000). Recent, extensive, and preferential insertion of members of the miniature inverted-repeat transposable element family Heartbreaker into genic regions of maize.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1;97:1160-5. 



Liu Y, Wang L, Kermicle J L, Wessler S R(1998). Molecular consequences of Ds insertion into and excision from the helix-loop-helix domain of the maize R gene. Genetics.150 :1639-48. 

Wessler S R (1998). Transposable elements and the evolution of gene expression. Symp Soc Exp Biol.  51:115-22. 

Marillonnet S, Wessler S R (1998). Extreme structural heterogeneity among the members of a maize retrotransposon family. Genetics. 150 :1245-56. 

Wang L, Wessler S R (1998). Inefficient reinitiation is responsible for upstream open reading frame-mediated translational repression of the maize R gene. Plant Cell. 10:1733-46. 


Marillonnet S, Wessler S R (1997). Retrotransposon Insertion into the Maize waxy Gene Results in Tissue-Specific RNA Processing. Plant Cell. 9:967-78. 


Bureau T E, Ronald P C, Wessler S R (1996). A computer-based systematic survey reveals the predominance of small inverted-repeat elements in wild-type rice genes.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 6;93:8524-9. 

Wessler S R (1996).  Plant retrotransposons.Turned on by stress. Curr Biol.  6:959-61. 

Liu Y, Alleman M, Wessler S R (1996). A Ds insertion alters the nuclear localization of the maize transcriptional activator R
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 23;93:7816-20. 

Hu J, Anderson B, Wessler S R (1996). Isolation and characterization of rice R genes: evidence for distinct evolutionary paths in rice and maize. Genetics.  142:1021-31. 


Wessler S R, Bureau T E, White S E (1995). LTR-retrotransposons and MITEs: important players in the evolution of plant genomes. Curr Opin Genet Dev.  5:814-21. 

Purugganan M D, Wessler S R (1995). Transposon signatures: species-specific molecular markers that utilize a class of multiple-copy nuclear DNA. Mol Ecol.  4:265-9. 


White S E, Habera L F, Wessler S R (1994). Retrotransposons in the flanking regions of normal plant genes: a role for copia-like elements in the evolution of gene structure and expression.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1994; 6;91:11792-6. 

Purugganan M D, Wessler S R (1994). Molecular evolution of magellan, a maize Ty3/gypsy-like retrotransposon. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 

Purugganan M D, Wessler S R (1994). Molecular evolution of the plant R regulatory gene family.Genetics. 138:849-54. 

Bureau T E, Wessler S R (1994). Stowaway: A New Family of Inverted Repeat Elements Associated with the Genes of Both Monocotyledonous and  Dicotyledonous Plants. Plant Cell.  6:907-16. 

Bureau TE, White S E, Wessler S R (1994). Transduction of a cellular gene by a plant retroelement. Cell.  20;77:479-80. 

Bureau T E, Wessler S R (1994). Mobile inverted-repeat elements of the Tourist family are associated with the genes of many cereal grasses. Proc Natl Acad Sci. U S A. 15;91:1411-5. 


Damiani R D, Wessler S R (1993). An upstream open reading frame represses expression of Lc, a member of the R/B family of maize transcriptional activators. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1;90:8244-8. 

Weil C F, Wessler S R (1993). Molecular evidence that chromosome breakage by Ds elements is caused by aberrant transposition. Plant Cell. 5:515-22. 27: 

Shieh M W, Wessler S R, Raikhel N V (1993). Nuclear targeting of the maize R protein requires two nuclear localization sequences. Plant Physiol. 101:353-61. 


Bureau T E, Wessler S R (1992). Tourist: A Large Family of Small Inverted Repeat Elements Frequently Associated with Maize Genes. Plant Cell.4:1283-94. 

Varagona M J, Purugganan M, Wessler S R (1992). Alternative Splicing Induced by Insertion of Retrotransposons into the Maize waxy Gene. Plant Cell. 4:811-20. 

Weil C F, Marillonnet S, Burr B, Wessler S R (1992). Changes in state of the Wx-m5 allele of maize are due to intragenic transposition of Ds. Genetics.130:175-85. 


Wessler S R (1991). The maize transposable Ds1 element is alternatively spliced from exon sequences. Mol Cell Biol. 11:6192-6. 

Okagaki R J, Neuffer M G, Wessler S R (1991). A deletion common to two independently derived waxy mutations of maize. Genetics. 128:425-31. 


Wessler S R, Tarpley A, Purugganan M, Spell M and Okagaki R (1990).  Filler DNA is associated with spontaneous deletions in maize. PNAS. 87 : 8731-8735. 

Ludwig S R, Wessler S R (1990). Maize R gene family: tissue-specific helix-loop-helix proteins. Cell. 7;62:849-51. 

Varagona M, Wessler S R (1990). Implications for the cis-requirements for Ds transposition based on the sequence of the wxB4 Ds element. Mol Gen Genet.  220:414-8. 


Wessler S R (1989). The splicing of maize transposable elements from pre-mRNA--a minireview. Gene. 15;82:127-33. 

Ludwig S R, Habera L F, Dellaporta S L, Wessler S R (1989). Lc, A member of the maize R gene family responsible for tissue-specific anthocyanin production, encodes a protein similar to transcriptional activators and contains the myc-homology region. Proc Natl Acad Sci. U S A. 86:7092-6. 


Okagaki R J, Wessler S R (1988). Comparison of non-mutant and mutant waxy genes in rice and maize.Genetics. 120 (4):1137-43. 

Wessler S R (1988). Phenotypic diversity mediated by the maize transposable elements Ac and Spm. Science.  21;242:399-405. 

Spell M L, Baran G, Wessler S R (1988). An RFLP adjacent to the maize waxy gene has the structure of a transposable element. Mol Gen Genet.  211:364-6. 

Wessler S R, Baran G, Varagona M (1988). Alterations in gene expression mediated by DNA insertions in the waxy gene of maize. Basic Life Sci.  47:293-303. 


Wessler S R, Baran G, Varagona M (1987). The maize transposable element Ds is spliced from RNA. Science.  21;237:916-8. 


Wessler S R, Baran G, Varagona M, Dellaporta S L (1986). Excision of Ds produces waxy proteins with a range of enzymatic activities. EMBO J.  5:2427-32. 


Wessler S R, Varagona M J (1985). Molecular basis of mutations at the waxy locus of maize: correlation with the fine structure genetic map. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.  82:4177-81.







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