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Selected publications (from a total of 110):


  1. Zhang, Y.,  Zhang, L., Dai, Q., Chen, P., Lu, M., Kairis, K. L., Murugaiah, V., Xu, J., Shukla, R. K.,  Liang, X., Zou, Z., Cormet-Boyaka, E., Qiu, J.,  Peeples, M.E., Sharma, A., He, C*., Li, J*. 5-methylcytosine (m5C) RNA modification controls the innate immune response to virus infection by regulating type I interferons. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2022, In Press.
  2. Zhang, Y., Lu, M.,  KC, Mahesh., Kim, E.,  Shamseldin, M.M., Ye, C.,  Dravid, P.,  Chamblee, M., Park, J., Hall, J. M., Trivedi, S,  Chaiwatpongsakorn, S., Kenney, A. D., Murthy, S.S., Sharma, H., Liang, X., Yount, J. S., Kapoor, A., Martinez-Sobrido, L., Dubey, P., Boyaka, P.N.,  Peeples, M.E., and Li, J*. A highly efficacious live attenuated mumps virus-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate expressing a six-proline stabilized prefusion spike. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2022, 119(33):e2201616119.
  3. Lu, M., Chamblee, M., Zhang, Y., Ye, C., Dravid, P., Park, J., KC, Mahesh., Trivedi, S., Murthy, S.S., Sharma, H., Cassady, C., Chaiwatpongsakorn, S., Liang, X., Yount, J. S., Boyaka, P.N., Peeples, M.E., Martinez-Sobrido, L., Kapoor, A., and Li, J*. SARS-CoV-2 prefusion spike protein stabilized by six rather than two prolines is more potent for inducing antibodies that neutralize viral variants of concern. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2022, 119(35):e2110105119.
  4. Lu. M., Dravid, D., Zhang, Y., Trivedi, S., Li, A., Harder, O., Mahesh, K. C., Chaiwatpongsakorn, S., Zani, A., Kenney, A., Zeng, C., Cai, C., Ye, C., Liang, X., Shimamura, M., Liu, S., Mejias, S., Ramilo, O., Boyaka, P., Qiu, J., Martinez-Sobrido, L., Yount, J., Peeples, M., Kapoor, A., Niewiesk, S., and Li, J*. A safe and highly efficacious measles virus-based vaccine expressing SARS-CoV-2 stabilized prefusion spike. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2021, 118 (12) e2026153118. 
  5. Xue, M., Zhang, Y., Wang. H., Kairis, E. L., Lu, M., Ahmad, S., Attia, Z., Harder, O., Zhang, Z., Wei, J., Chen, P., Gao, Y., Peeples, M. E., Sharma, A., Boyaka, P., He, C., Hur, S., Niewiesk, S., Li, J*. Viral RNA N6-methyladenosine modification modulates both innate and adaptive immune responses of human respiratory syncytial virus. Plos Pathogens, 2021, 20;17(12):e1010142.  
  6. Lu, M., Zhang, Z., Xue, M., Zhao, B., Harder, O., Li, A., Liang, X., Gao, T. Z., Xu, Y., Zhou,J., Feng, Z., Niewiesk, S.,  Peeples, M.E., He, C.,  and Li, J*. N6-methyladenosine is a molecular signature for discrimination of self and non-self RNA by cytoplasmic RNA sensor RIG-I. Nature Microbiology, 2020, 5(4):584-598.
    Commented by Dr. Volker Thiel "Viral RNA in an m6A disguise" in Nature Microbiology, 2020. 
  7. Lu. Y., Cai, H., Lu,M., Ma, Y., Li, A.,  Zhou, J., Li, J., * Gu, J.* Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus deficient in RNA cap guanine-N-7 methylation is attenuated and induces higher type I and III interferon responses.  J. Virol., 2020, 94(16):e00447-20.
  8. Xue, M., Zhao, B., Lu, M., Lu, Z., Ma, Y., Harder, O., Xu, Y., Li, A., Liang, X., Yu, Y., Jennings, R. N., Zhou, J., Niewiesk, S., Peeples, M. E., He, C., and Li, J*. Viral N6-methyladenosine promotes replication and pathogenesis of human respiratory syncytial virus. Nature Communications, 2019, 10(1):4595.
  9. Li, A., Yu, J., Lu, M., Ma, Y., Attia, Z., Shan, C., Xue, M., Craig, K., Liang, X., Makadiya, N., He, J., Jennings, R., Shi, P. Y., Peeples, M. E., Liu, S. L.,  Boyaka, P. N., and  Li, J*. A novel Zika virus vaccine expressing pre-membrane, envelope, and NS1 proteins. Nature Communications. 2018, 9(1):3067.
  10. Ma., Y., Zhang, Y., Liang, X., Lou, F., Oglesbee, M., Krakowka, S., and Li, J*. Origin, evolution, and virulence of porcine deltacoronaviruses in the United States. mBio. 2015, 6(2):e00064.
  11. Li, J., Wang, J. andWhelan, S.P. 2006. A unique strategy for mRNA cap methylation used by vesicular stomatitis virus. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 103:8493-8498.