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Saibi W, Zouari N, Masmoudi K, Brini F (2016) Role of the durum wheat dehydrin in the function of proteases conferring salinity tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana transgenic lines. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.  85 : 311-316.
Feki K, Farhat-Khemakhem A, Kammoun Y, Saibi W, Gargouri A, Brini F (2016) Responses of transgenic Arabidopsis plants and recombinant yeast cells expressing a novel durum wheat manganese superoxide dismutase TdMnSOD to various abiotic stresses. Journal of Plant Physiology. 198 : 56-68.
Feki K, Brini F (2016) Role of proteins in alleviating drought stress in plants. Book entitled ‘’Water Stress and Crop Plants: A Sustainable Approach’’ edited by Parvaiz Ahmed. Chapter 12, pp 165-176.
Sayari N, Saidi MN, Sila A, Ellouz-Chaabouni S, Ali Bougatef A (2016) Chemical composition, angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitory, antioxydant and antimicrobial activities of Ononis natrix leaves extracts. Free Radicals and Antioxidants. 6 (1) 23-33.
Belgaroui N, Berthomieu P, Rouached H, Hanin M (2016) The secretion of the bacterial phytase PHY-US417 by Arabidopsis roots reveals its potential for increasing phosphate acquisition and biomass production during co-growth. Plant Biotechnology Journal. DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12552

Choura M, Rebaï A, Masmoudi K (2015) Unraveling the WRKY transcription factors network in Arabidopsis Thaliana by integrative approach. Network Biology. 5 (2): 55-61.
Hadiji-Abbes N, Trifa F, Choura M, Khabir A, Sellami-Boudawara T, Frikha  M, Daoud J, Mokdad-Gargouri R (2015) A novel BRCA2 in frame deletion in a Tunisian woman with early onset sporadic breast cancer. Pathologie Biologie 63 :185–189.
Ben Halima N, Ben Saad R, Khemakhem B, Fendri I, Abdelkafi S (2015) Oat (Avena sativa L.): Oil and Nutriment Compounds Valorization for Potential Use in Industrial Applications. Journal Oleo Science. 64, 915-932.
Ben-Saad R, Meynard D, Ben-Romdhane W, Mieulet D, Verdeil JL, Al-Doss A, Guiderdoni E,  Hassairi A (2015) The promoter of the AlSAP gene from the halophyte grass Aeluropus littoralis directs a stress-inducible expression pattern in transgenic rice plants. Plant Cell Reports. 34 (10):1791-806.
Feki K, Brini F, Ben Amar S, Saibi W, Masmoudi K (2015) Comparative functional analysis of two wheat Na+/H+ antiporter SOS1 promoters in Arabidopsis thaliana under various stress conditions. Journal of Applied genetics. 56, (11), 15-26.
Drira M, Saibi W, Amara I, Masmoudi K, Hanin M, Brini F (2015) Wheat Dehydrin K-Segments Ensure Bacterial Stress Tolerance, Antiaggregation and Antimicrobial Effects. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 175 (7) :3310-3321.
Saibi W, Drira M, Yakoubi I, Feki K, Brini F (2015) Empiric, structural and in silico findings give birth to plausible explanations for the multifunctionality of the wheat dehydrin (DHN-5). Acta Physiologia Plantarum. 37 :52. DOI: 10.1007/s11738-015-1798-7.
Safi H, Saibi W, Alaoui MM, Hmyene A, Masmoudi K, Hanin M, Brini F (2015) A wheat lipid transfer protein (TdLTP4) promotes tolerance to abiotic and biotic stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 89 : 64-75.
Saibi W, Feki K, Yacoubi I, Brini F (2015) Bridging Between Proline Structure, Functions, Metabolism, and Involvement in Organism Physiology. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 176 : 2107-2119.
Saibi W, Feki K, Ben Mahmoud R, Brini F (2015) Durum wheat dehydrin (DHN-5) confers salinity tolerance to transgenic Arabidopsis plants through the regulation of proline metabolism and ROS scavenging system. Planta 242 (5) : 1187-94.
Feki K, Yosra Kamoun Y, Ben Mahmoud R, Farhat-Khemakhem A, Gargouri A, Brini F (2015) Multiple abiotic stress tolerance of the transformants yeast cells and the transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing a novel durum wheat catalase. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 97 : 420-431.
Safa Charfeddine S, Saïdi MN, Charfeddine M, Radhia Gargouri-Bouzid R (2015) Genome-wide identification and expression profiling of the late embryogenesis abundant genes in potato with emphasis on dehydrins. Molecular Biology Reports. 42 (7):1163-74.
Bouaziz D, Charfeddine M, Jbir R, Saidi MN, Pirrello J, Charfeddine S, Bouzayen M, Gargouri-Bouzid R (2015) Identification and functional characterization of ten AP2/ERF genes in potato. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture . 123 (1): 155-172.
Ebel C, Hanin M (2015) Maintenance of meristem activity under stress: is there an interplay of RSS1-like proteins with the RBR pathway? Plant Biol (Stuttg). 18 (2): 167-70.
Mahjoubi H, Ebel C, Hanin M (2015) Molecular and functional characterization of the durum wheat TdRL1, a member of the conserved Poaceae RSS1-like family that exhibits features of intrinsically disordered proteins and confers stress tolerance in yeast. Functional Integrated Genomics. 15:717-728.
Ghorbel M, Zaidi I, Robe E, Ranty B, Mazars C, Galaud JP, Hanin M (2015) The activity of the wheat MAP kinase phosphatase 1 is regulated by manganese and by calmodulin. Biochimie.  108 :13-19.
Gouiaa S, Khoudi H (2015) Co-expression of vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter and H+-pyrophosphatase with an IRES-mediated dicistronic vector improves salinity tolerance and enhances potassium biofortification of tomato. Phytochemistry. 117:537-46.
Djemal R, Khoudi H (2015) Isolation and molecular characterization of a novel WIN1/SHN1 ethylene-responsive transcription factor TdSHN1 from durum wheat (Triticum turgidum. L. subsp. durum). Protoplasma. 252 :1461-1473.
Saibi W (2015) Cellulases: Suppliers of energy and basic compounds, so life. International Journal of Engineering & Science. 1 (8):27-38.
Fatma Boukid, Zayneb Boukid, Mondher Mejri (2015) Opuntia Cladodes: Physicochemical parameters, Functional Properties and Application in Formulation of Rolled Cake of Cladode Flour Fabric (Part 2). International Journal of Advanced Trends in Computer Science and Engineering. 1(4):30-34.
Fatma Boukid, Zayneb Boukid, Mondher Mejri (2015) Opuntia Cladodes: Drying Process and Water Vapor Sorption Properties (Part 1). International Journal of Advanced Science and Engineering. 1 (4): 23-29.


Feki K, Quintero Fj, Khoudi H, Leidi OE, Masmoudi K, Pardo JM, Brini F (2014) A constitutively active form of a durum wheat Na+/H+ antiporter SOS1 confers high salt tolerance to transgenic Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Report. 33 (2) : 277-288.
Belgaroui N, Zaidi I, Farhat A, Chouayekh H, Bouain N, Chay S, Curie C, Mari S, Masmoudi K, Davidian  JC, Berthomieu P, Rouached H, Hanin M (2014) Overexpression of the bacterial phytase US417 in Arabidopsis reduces the concentration of phytic acid and reveals its involvement in the regulation of sulfate and phosphate homeostasis and signalling. Plant & Cell Physiology. 55:1912-524.
Ayadi M, Mieulet D, Fabre D, Verdeil JL, Vernet A, Guiderdoni E, Masmoudi K (2014) Functional analysis of durum wheat gene TdPIP2 ;1 and its promoter region in response to abiotic stress in rice. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 79: 98-108.
Amara I, Zaidi I, Masmoudi K, Ludevid D, Pagès M, Goday A, Brini F (2014) Insights into Late Embryogenesis Abundant (LEA) Proteins in Plants : From Structure to the Functions. American Journal of Plant Science. 5: 3440-3455.
Charfeddine M, Saïdi MN, Charfeddine S, Asma Hammami A, Gargouri Bouzid R (2014) Genome-Wide Analysis and Expression Profiling of the ERF Transcription Factor Family in Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.). Molecular Biotechnology. 57 (4).
Hussey SG, Saïdi MN, Hefer ChA, Myburg AA, Jacqueline Grima‐Pettenati J (2014) Structural, evolutionary and functional analysis of the NAC domain protein family in Eucalyptus. New Phytologist. 206 (4).
Bouaziz D, Jbir R, Charfeddine S, Saidi MN, Gargouri-Bouzid R (2014) The StDREB1 transcription factor is involved in oxidative stress response and enhances tolerance to salt stress. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. 121(1):237-248.
Jbir-Koubaa R, Charfeddine S, Ellouz W, Saidi MN, Drira N, Gargouri-Bouzid R, Nouri-Ellouz O (2014) Investigation of the response to salinity and to oxidative stress of interspecific potato somatic hybrids grown in a greenhouse. Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture. 120 (3):933-947.
Ben Amar S, Brini F, Sentenac H, Masmoudi K, Very AA (2014) Functional characterization in Xenopus oocytes of Na+ transport systems from durum wheat reveals diversity among two HKT1;4 transporters. Journal of Experimental Botany. 65 (1) : 213-222.
10-Hamla Ch, Brini F, Ayadi M, Masmoudi K, Djekoun A, Ykhlef N (2014) Drought stress response in two Algerian durum wheat genotypes: physiological and molecular analysis of two stress responsive genes. International Journal of Advanced Research. 2 (10) : 330-338.
Benderradji L, Rebbah Kh, Ghadbane M, Bounar R, Brini F, Bouzerzour H (2014) Ethnobotanical study of medicinal plants in Djebel Massaad region (M'SILA, ALGERIA). Global Journal of Research in Medecinal Plants & Indigenous Medecine. 3 (12) : 445-459.


Drira M, Saibi W, Brini F, Gargouri A, Masmoudi K, Hanin M (2013)The K segments of the wheat dehydrin DHN-5 are essential for the protection of lactate dehydrogenase and beta-glucosidase activities in vitro. Molecular Biotechnology. 54:643-650.
Saibi W, Brini F, Hanin M, Masmoudi K (2013) Development of energy plants and their potential to withstand various extreme environments. Recent Patents on DNA & gene Sequences. 7: 13-24.
Ben Amar S, Safi H, Ayadi M, Azaza J, Khoudi H, Masmoudi K, Brini F (2013) Analysis of the promoter activity of a wheat dehydrin gene (DHN-5) under various stress conditions. Australian Journal of Crop Science. 7 (12): 1875-1883.
Khoudi H, Maatar Y, Brini F, Fourati A, Ammar N, Masmoudi K (2013) Phytoremediation potential of Arabidopsis thaliana, expressing ectopically a vacuolar proton pump, for the industrial waste phosphogypsum. Environmental Science Pollution Research. 20 : 270-280.
Saibi W., Gargouri A. (2013) Mastery of Cultural Conditions and Physico-chemical Properties Improves the Production and the Catalytic Efficiency of bglG. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology. 170 (6):1525-1532.
Fendri I, Ben Saad R, Khemakhem B, Ben Halima N, Gdoura R, Abdelkafi S (2013) Effect of treated and untreated domestic wastewater on seed germination, seedling growth and amylase and lipase activities in Avena sativa L. Journal of Science and Food Agriculture. 93 : 1568-1574.
Meynard D, Mieulet D, Ben Saad R, Breitler JCh, Petit J, Gantet P, Hassairi A, Guiderdoni E (2013) Applications de la transgenèse à l''amélioration variétale du riz. Cahiers Agricultures. 22, N° 5, .
Saidi MN, Ben Romdhane S, Bourogaâ A, Namsi A, Drira N, Gargouri-Bouzid R (2013) Modulated expression of ion transporters may be responsible for manganese deficiency in brittle leaf disease affected date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) trees. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology. 84(1):61–69.
Saidi MN, Bouaziz D, Ines Hammami I, Namsi A, Drira N, Gargouri-Bouzid R (2013) Alterations in lignin content and phenylpropanoids pathway in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) tissues affected by brittle leaf disease. Plant Science. 211:8-16.
Cassan-Wang H, Goué N, Saidi MN, Legay S, Sivadon P, Goffner D, Grima-Pettenati J (2013) Erratum: Identification of novel transcription factors regulating secondary cell wall formation in Arabidopsis. Frontiers in Plant Science. 4:189.


Khoudi H, Maater Y, Gouiaa S, Masmoudi K (2012) transgenic tobacco plants expressing ectopically wheat H+-pyrophosphatase (H+-PPase) gene TaVP1 show enhanced accumulation and tolerance to cadium. Journal of Plant Physiology. 98-103.
Zaidi I, Gonzalèz A, Touzri M, Alvarez MC, Ramos J, Masmoudi K, Arino J, Hanin M (2012) The wheat MAP kinase phosphatase 1 confers higher lithium tolerance in yeast. Yeast Research. 12 : 774-784.
Amara I, Odena A, Oliveira E, Moreno A, Masmoudi K, Pagès M, Goday A (2012) Insight in maize LEA proteins: from proteomics to functional approaches. Plant Cell Physiology. 53(2):312-329.
Gouiaa S, Khoudi H, Leidi EO, Pardo JM, Masmoudi K (2012) Expression of wheat Na+/H+ antiporter TNHXS1 and H+- pyrophosphatase TVP1 genes in tobacco from a bicistronic transcriptional unit improves salt tolerance. Plant Molecular Biology.). 79: 137-155.
Saibi W, Abdeljalil S, Masmoudi K, Gargouri A (2012) Biocatalysts: Beautiful creatures”. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication. 426:289-293.
Sghaier-Hammami B, Saidi MN, Castillejo MA, Jorrín-Novo JV, Namsi A, Drira N, Gargouri-Bouzid R (2012) Proteomics analysis of date palm leaves affected at three characteristic stages of brittle leaf disease. Planta. 236(5):1599-613.
Saidi MN, Jbir R, Ghorbel I, Namsi A, Drira N, Gargouri-Bouzid R (2012) Brittle leaf disease induces an oxidative stress and decreases the expression of manganese-related genes in date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.). Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 50(1):1-7.
Brini F, Masmoudi K (2012) Ion transporters and abiotic stress tolerance in plants. ISRN Molecular Biology. ID 927436, doi: 10.5402/2012/927436.  
Benderradji L, Brini F, Kellou K,Ykhlef N, Djekoun Ab, Masmoudi K, Bouzerzour H (2012) Callus Induction, Proliferation, and Plantlets Regeneration of Two Bread Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Genotypes under Saline and Heat Stress Conditions. ISRN Agronomy. ID367851, doi:10.5402/2012/367851.


Benderradji L, Brini F, Ben Amar S, Kellou K, Azaza J, Masmoudi K, Bouzerzour H, Hanin M (2011) Sodium transport in seedlings of two bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes differing in their tolerance to salt stress. Australian Journal of Crop Sciences. 5 (3): 233-241.
Brini F, Yamamoto A, Jlaiel L, Takeda Sh, Hobo T, Dinh HQ, Hattori T,  Masmoudi K, Hanin M (2011) Pleiotropic effects of the wheat dehydrin DHN-5 on stress responses in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Physiology. 52 (4): 676-688.
Feki K, Quintero FJ, Pardo JM, Masmoudi K (2011) Regulation of durum wheat Na+/H+ exchanger TdSOS1 by phosphorylation. Plant Molecular Biology. 76 : 545-556.
Ayadi M, Cavez D, Miled N, Chaumont F, Masmoudi K (2011) Identification and characterization of two plasma membrane aquaporins in durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. durum) and their role in abiotic stress tolerance. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry . 49: 1029-1039.
Fki L, Sahnoun N, Bouaziz N, Bouattour O, Guarbaya M, Saidi MN, Gargouri Bouzid R, Drira N, Panis B (2011) Cryopreservation of date palm highly regenerable tissues using vitrification procedures. Acta horticulturae. 908 (908):219-226.
Masmoudi-Allouche F, Gargouri-Bouzid R, Kriaa W, Saïdi MN, Jamoussi H, Abdelkefi Y, Drira N (2011) Investigation of genetic variability related to the in vitro floral hermaphrodism induction in Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.). African Journal Of Biotechnology. 10 (52):10567-10574.
Brini F, Feki K, Khoudi H, Hanin M, Masmoudi K (2011) Genomic overview of ion transporters in plants salt tolerance. Book "Omics and Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance" ISBN: N°: 978-1-60805-058-1, edited by Narenda Tuteja, Sarvajeet Singh Gill and Renu Tuteja.
Brini F., Yacoubi I., Khoudi H., Hanin M., Masmoudi K (2011) Improving drought and salt tolerance in wheat. Book “Wheat: Genetics, Crops and Food Production” ISBN 978-1-61209-307-9, edited by Maria T Almeida.


Brini F, Feki K, Khemekhem A, Khoudi H, Hanin M, Masmoudi K (2010) Improving drought and salinity tolerance of wheat varieties indigenous to North Africa. Aspects of Applied Biology.  96:171-182.
Brini F, Saibi W, Hanin M, Amara I., Gargouri A, Masmoudi K (2010) The Wheat Dehydrin DHN-5 Exerts a Heat-protective Effect on β-Glucosidase and Glucose Oxidase Activities. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry. 74 (5): 1050-1054.
Irar S, Brini F, Goday A, Pagès M, Masmoudi K (2010) Proteomic analysis of wheat embryos with 2-DE and liquid-phase chromatography (ProteomeLab PF-2D) – A wider perspective of the proteome. Journal of Proteomics. 73: 1707-1721.
Ben Saad R, Zouari N, Ben Ramdhan W, Azaza J, Meynard D, Guiderdoni E, Hassairi A (2010) Improved drought and salt stress tolerance in transgenic tobacco overexpressing a novel A20/AN1 zinc-finger ‘‘AlSAP’’ gene isolated from the halophyte grass Aeluropus littoralis. Plant Molecular Biology. 72:171–190
Zaıdi I, Ebel Ch, Touzri M, Herzog E, Evrard JL, Schmit AC, Masmoudi K, Hanin M (2010) TMKP1 is a novel wheat stress responsive MAP kinase phosphatase localized in the nucleus. Plant Molecular Biology. 73:325–338


Brini F, Amara I, Feki K, Hanin M, Khoudi H, Masmoudi K (2009) Physiological and Molecular analysis of seedlings of two Tunisian durum wheat (Triticum turgidum L. subsp. Durum [Desf.]) varieties showing contrasting tolerance to salt stress. Acta Physiologia Plantarum. 31(1): 145-154.
Brini F, Feki K, Khemekhem A, Khoudi H, Hanin M, Masmoudi K (2009) Improving drought and salinity tolerance of wheat varieties indigenous to North Africa. Aspects of Applied Biology. 96:1-12.
Masmoudi K, Brini F, Hanin M, Khoudi H (2009) Enhancing drought and salinity tolerance in wheat crop grown in the Mediterranean region. Procceding of the International Symposium on induced mutations in plants, FAO/IAEA. 507-510.


Brini F, Hanin M, Lumbreras V, Irar S, Pages M, Masmoudi K (2007) Functional Characterization of DHN-5, a dehydrin showing a differential phosphorylation pattern in two Tunisian durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.) varieties with marked differences in salt and drought tolerance. Plant Science. 172: 20-28.
Brini F, Hanin M, Mezghanni I, Berkowitz G, Masmoudi K (2007) Overexpression of wheat Na+/H+ antiporter TNHX1 and H+-pyrophosphatase TVP1 improve salt and drought stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana plants. Journal of Experimental Botany. 58 (2): 301-308.
Brini F, Hanin M, Lumbreras V, Amara I, Khoudi H, Hassairi A, Pagès M, Masmoudi K (2007) Overexpression of wheat dehydrin DHN-5 enhances tolerance to salt and osmotic stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Cell Report. 26 (11):2017-2026.
Zouari N, Ben Saad R, Legavre T, Azaza J, Sabau X, Jaoua M, Masmoudi K, Hassairi A (2007) Identification and sequencing of ESTs from the halophyte grass Aeluropus littoralis. Gene. 404: 61-69.


Yoshioka K, Moeder W, Kang HG, Kachroo P, Masmoudi K, Berkowitz G, Klessig DF (2006) The Chimeric Arabidopsis Cyclic Nucleotide-Gated Ion Channel 11/12 Activates Multiple Pathogen Resistance Responses. Plant Cell. 18: 747-763.
Masmoudi K, Rebaï A, Ellouz R (2006) AFLP and SSR fingerprinting to evaluate genetic diversity among bread wheat cultivars in Tunisia. Cereal Research Communications. 34: 871-878.


Brini F, Gaxiola R, Berkowitz G, Masmoudi K (2005) Cloning and characterization of a wheat vacuolar cation/proton antiporter and pyrophosphatase proton pump. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 43: 347-354. 
Choura M, Rebai A (2005) Identification and characterization of new members of vacuolar H+-pyrophosphatase family from Oryza sativa genome. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology . 52:821-825.


Masmoudi K (2004) Stress abiotiques: vers des variétés de blé plus tolérantes à la salinité et à la sécheresse. Biologia. 1 (2): 80-84.


masmoudi K, Yacoubi I, Hassairi A, Elarbi L, Ellouz R (2002) Tobacco plants transformed with an untranslatable form of the coat protein gene of the potato virus Y are resistant to viral infection. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 108 (4): 285-292.


Masmoudi K, Brini F, Hassairi A, Ellouz R (2001) Isolation and characterization of a differentially expressed sequence tag from Triticum durum salt stressed roots. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 39: 1-9.

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