Instituto de Biotecnologia UNAM

IBT-UNAM : Dr. Mario Soberón Chávez


Dr. Mario Soberón Chávez

Líder Académico »» Grupo


Tutor de Maestría y Doctorado

Nivel III del SNI

Grupo del Dr. Mario Soberón

Departamento de Microbiología Molecular

Líneas de investigación


- Licenciatura: Investigacion Biomedica Basica, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomedicas-UNAM (1983)
- Maestría: en Investigacion Biomedica Basica, CIFN-UNAM (1985)
- Doctorado: en Investigacion Biomedica Basica, CIFN-UNAM (1988)
- Medalla "Gabino Barreda" por estudios de Maestría (1987)
- Mencion honorífica en examen de Licenciatura (1983)
- Mencion honorífica en examen de Maestría (1985)
- Mencion honorífica en examen de Doctorado (1989)
- Plant genetics Systems, N.V. Gante, Belgica (II-90 a IV-91)

Premio de Investigación en Biotecnología Agrícola AgroBIO (2006)


Lic. Paulina Anaya

M.C. Diana Laura Martinez de Castro

Publicaciones recientes

Pena-Cardena,A. Grande,R. Sanchez,J. Tabashnik,B.E. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Gomez,I. 2018. The C-terminal protoxin domain of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab toxin has a functional role in binding to GPI-anchored receptors in the insect midgut Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nov 1 [Epub ahead of print], .

Wan,L. Lin,J. Du,H. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Peng,D. Sun,M. 2018. Bacillus thuringiensis targets the host intestinal epithelial junctions for successful infection of Caenorhabditis elegans bioRxiv, preprint posted June 4, 2018, .

Gomez,I. Ocelotl,J. Sanchez,J. Lima,C. Martins,E. Rosales-Juarez,A. Aguilar-Medel,S. Abad,A. Dong,H. Monnerat,R. Pena,G. Zhang,J. Nelson,M. Wu,G. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2018. Enhancement of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab and Cry1Fa toxicity to Spodoptera frugiperda by domain III mutations indicates two limiting steps in toxicity as defined by receptor binding and protein stability Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 84, e01393-18.

Rocha-Munive,M.G. Soberon,M. Castaneda,S. Niaves,E. Scheinvar,E. Eguiarte,L.E. Mota-Sanchez,D. Rosales-Robles,E. Nava-Camberos,U. Martinez-Carrillo,J.L. Blanco,C.A. Bravo,A. Souza,V. 2018. Evaluation of the Impact of Genetically Modified Cotton After 20 Years of Cultivation in Mexico Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 6, 82.

Gomez,I. Rodriguez-Chamorro,D.E. Flores-Ramirez,G. Grande,R. Zuniga,F. Portugal,F.J. Sanchez,J. Pacheco,S. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2018. Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) aminopeptidase N1 is functional receptor of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ca toxin Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 84, UNSP e01089-18.

Liu,L. Chen,Z. Yang,Y. Xiao,Y. Liu,C. Ma,Y. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Yang,Y. Liu,K. 2018. A single amino acid polymorphism in ABCC2 loop 1 is responsible of differential toxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin in different Spodoptera (Noctuidae) species Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 100, 59-65.

Pacheco,S. Gomez,I. Sanchez,J. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Czajkowsky,D.M. Zhang,J. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2018. Helix alpha-3 inter-molecular salt bridges and conformational changes are essential for toxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis 3D-Cry toxin family Scientific Reports, 8, 10331.

Wang,Z. Fang,L. Zhou,Z. Pacheco,S. Gomez,I. Song,F. Soberon,M. Zhang,J. Bravo,A. 2018. Specific binding between Bacillus thuringiensis Cry9Aa and Vip3Aa toxins synergizes their toxicity against Asiatic rice borer (Chilo suppressalis) Journal of Biological Chemistry, 293, 11447.

Wang,K. Shu,C. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Zhang,J. 2018. Systematic characterization of Bacillus Genetic Stock Center Bacillus thuringiensis strains using Multi-Locus Sequence Typing Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 155, 5-13.

Torres-Quintero,M.C. Gomez,I. Pacheco,S. Sanchez,J. Flores,H. Osuna,J. Mendoza,G. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2018. Engineering Bacillus thuringiensis Cyt1Aa toxin specificity from dipteran to lepidopteran toxicity Scientific Reports, 8, 4989.

Shabbir,M.Z. Quan,Y. Wang,Z. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. He,K. 2018. Characterization of the Cry1Ah resistance in Asian corn Borer and its cross-resistance to other Bacillus thuringiensis toxins Scientific Reports, 8, 234.

Soberon,M. Portugal,L. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Sanchez,J. Onofre,J. Gomez,I. Pacheco,S. Bravo,A. 2018. Cell lines as models for the study of Cry toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 93, 66-78.

Liu,Y. Wang,Y. Shu,C. Lin,K. Song,F. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Zhang,J. 2018. Cry64Ba and Cry64Ca, two ETX/MTX2 Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal proteins against hemipteran pests Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 84, e01996-17.

Chen,W.B. Lu,G.Q. Cheng,H.M. Liu,C.X. Xiao,Y.T. Xu,C. Shen,Z.C. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Wu,K.M. 2017. Transgenic cotton co-expressing chimeric Vip3AcAa and Cry1Ac confers effective protection against Cry1Ac-resistant cotton bollworm Transgenic Research, 26, 763-774.

Martinez de Castro,D.L. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Gomez,I. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2017. Identification of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1AbMod binding-proteins from Spodoptera frugiperda Peptides, 98, 99-105.

Pacheco,S. Gomez,I. Sanchez,J. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2017. Intra-molecular salt bridge in Bacillus thuringiensis Cry4Ba toxin is involved in the stability of helix alpha-3 that is needed for oligomerization and insecticidal activity Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 83, e01515-e01517.

Li,J. Ma,Y. Yuan,W. Xiao,Y. Liu,C. Wang,J. Peng,J. Peng,R. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Yang,Y. Liu,K. 2017. FOXA transcriptional factor modulates insect susceptibility to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin by regulating the expression of toxin-receptor ABCC2 and ABCC3 genes Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 88, 1-11.

Ocelotl,J. Sanchez,J. Gomez,I. Tabashnik,B.E. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2017. ABCC2 is associated with Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac toxin oligomerization and membrane insertion in diamondback moth Scientific Reports, 7, 2386.

Jiang,J. Huang,Y. Shu,C. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Liu,C. Song,F. Lai,J. Zhang,J. 2017. Holotrichia oblita Midgut Proteins That Bind to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry8-Like Toxin and Assembly of the H. oblita Midgut Tissue Transcriptome Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 83, e00541-17.

Onofre,J. Gaytan,M.O. Pena-Cardena,A. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Pacheco,S. Gomez,I. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2017. Identification of Aminopeptidase-N2 as a Cry2Ab binding protein in Manduca sexta Peptides, 98, 93-98.

Xiao,Y. Dai,Q. Hu,R. Pacheco,S. Yang,Y. Liang,G. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Liu,K. Wu,K. 2017. A Single Point Mutation Resulting in Cadherin Mis-localization Underpins Resistance against Bacillus thuringiensis Toxin in Cotton Bollworm Journal of Biological Chemistry, 292, 2933-2943.

Zhou,Z. Liu,Y. Liang,G. Huang,Y. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Song,F. Zhou,X. Zhang,J. 2017. Insecticidal specificity of Cry1Ah to Helicoverpa armigera is determined by binding APN1 through domain II loops 2 and 3 Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 83, e02864-16.

Portugal,L. Munoz-Garay,C. Martinez-deCastro,D.L. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2017. Toxicity of Cry1A toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis to CF1 cells does not involve activation of adenylate cyclase/PKA signaling pathway Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 80, 21-31.

Queiroz,P.R. Ramiro,C.A. Martins,E.S. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Monnerat,R.G. 2016. Mitochondrial markers to distinguish Spodoptera frugiperda populations associated with corn and cotton crops Pesquisa Agropecuaria Brasileira, 51, 692-696.

Wang,Y. Wang,Y. Wang,Z. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. He,K. 2016. Genetic Basis of Cry1F-Resistance in a Laboratory Selected Asian Corn Borer Strain and Its Cross-Resistance to Other Bacillus thuringiensis Toxins PLoS ONE, 11, e0161189.

Jin,T. Duan,X. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Wang,Z. He,K. 2016. Identification of an alkaline phosphatase as a putative Cry1Ac binding protein in Ostrinia furnacalis (Gunée) Pesticide Biochemistry And Physiology, 131, 80-86.

Fang,L. Wang,B. Zhou,Z. Yang,S. Shu,C. Song,F. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Zhang,J. 2016. Oligomerization of Cry9Aa in solution without receptor binding, is not related with insecticidal activity Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, 21, 54-57.

Zhang,D. Xiao,Y. Hussain,D.K. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Wu,K. 2016. Molecular Cloning, Expression, and Identification of Bre Genes Involved in Glycosphingolipids Synthesis in Helicoverpa armigera (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Journal Of Economic Entomology, 109, 1415-1423.

Zhou,Z. Wang,Z. Liu,Y. Liang,G. Shu,C. Song,F. Zhou,X. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Zhang,J. 2016. Identification of ABCC2 as a binding protein of Cry1Ac on brush border membrane vesicles from Helicoverpa armigera by an improved pull-down assay Microbiologyopen, 5, 659-669.

Xiao,Y. Liu,K. Zhang,D. Gong,L. He,F. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Tabashnik,B.E. Wu,K. 2016. Resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Mediated by an ABC Transporter Mutation Increases Susceptibility to Toxins from Other Bacteria in an Invasive Insect PLoS Pathogens, 12, e1005450.

Canton,P.E. Cancino-Rodezno,A. Gill,S.S. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2015. Transcriptional cellular responses in midgut tissue of Aedes aegypti larvae following intoxication with Cry11Aa toxin from Bacillus thuringiensis BMC Genomics, 16, 1042.

Ocelotl,J. Sanchez,J. Arroyo,R. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Gomez,I. Unnithan,G.C. Tabashnik,B.E. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2015. Binding and Oligomerization of Modified and Native Bt Toxins in Resistant and Susceptible Pink Bollworm PLoS ONE, 10, e0144086.

Pacheco,S. Canton,E. Zuniga-Navarrete,F. Pecorari,F. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2015. Improvement and efficient display of Bacillus thuringiensis toxins on M13 phages and ribosomes AMB Express, 5, 73.

Tabashnik,B.E. Zhang,M. Fabrick,J.A. Wu,Y. Gao,M. Huang,F. Wei,J. Zhang,J. Yelich,A. Unnithan,G.C. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Carriere,Y. Li,X. 2015. Dual mode of action of Bt proteins: protoxin efficacy against resistant insects Scientific Reports, 5, 15107.

Shu,C. Tan,S. Yin,J. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Liu,C. Geng,L. Song,F. Li,K. Zhang,J. 2015. Assembling of Holotrichia parallela (dark black chafer) midgut tissue transcriptome and identification of midgut proteins that bind to Cry8Ea toxin from Bacillus thuringiensis Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 99, 7209-7218.

Monnerat,R. Martins,E. Macedo,C. Queiroz,P. Praca,L. Soares,C.M. Moreira,H. Grisi,I. Silva,J. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2015. Evidence of Field-Evolved Resistance of Spodoptera frugiperda to Bt Corn Expressing Cry1F in Brazil That Is Still Sensitive to Modified Bt Toxins PLoS ONE, 10, e0119544.

Zuniga-Navarrete,F. Gomez,I. Pena,G. Amaro,I. Ortiz,E. Becerril,B. Ibarra,J.E. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2015. Identification of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry3Aa toxin domain II loop 1 as the binding site of Tenebrio molitor cadherin repeat CR12 Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 59, 50-57.

Gomez,I. Flores,B. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2015. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1AbMod toxin counters tolerance associated with low cadherin expression but not that associated with low alkaline phosphatase expression in Manduca sexta Peptides, 68, 130-133.

Chavez,C. Recio-Totoro,B. Flores-Escobar,B. Lanz-Mendoza,H. Sanchez,J. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2015. Nitric oxide participates in the toxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab toxin to kill Manduca sexta larvae Peptides, 68, 134-139.

Monnerat,R. Pereira,E. Teles,B. Martins,E. Praca,L. Queiroz,P. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Ramos,F. Soares,C.M. 2014. Synergistic activity of Bacillus thuringiensis toxins against Simulium spp. larvae Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 121, 70-73.

Gomez,I. Sanchez,J. Munoz-Garay,C. Matus,V. Gill,S.S. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2014. Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1A toxins are versatile-proteins with multiple modes of action: two distinct pre-pores are involved in toxicity Biochemical Journal, 459, 383-396.

Canton,P.E. Lopez-Diaz,J.A. Gill,S.S. Bravo,A. Soberon,M. 2014. Membrane binding and oligomer membrane insertion are necessary but insufficient for Bacillus thuringiensis Cyt1Aa toxicity Peptides, 53, 286-291.

Portugal,L. Gringorten,J.L. Caputo,G.F. Soberon,M. Munoz-Garay,C. Bravo,A. 2014. Toxicity and mode of action of insecticidal Cry1A proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis in an insect cell line, CF-1 Peptides, 53, 292-299.

Libros y capítulos recientes

Soberon,M. Monnerat,R. Bravo,A. 2018. Mode of Action of Cry Toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis and Resistance Mechanisms en: Mandal,M. Microbial Toxins. Dordrecht. Springer Netherlands. pags. 15-27

Bravo,A. Pacheco,S. Gomez,I. Garcia-Gomez,B. Onofre,J. Soberon,M. 2017. Insecticidal Proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis and Their Mechanism of Action en: Crickmore,N. Bacillus thuringiensis and Lysinibacillus sphaericus: Characterization and use in the field of biocontrol. Cham. Springer International Publishing. pags. 53-66

Soberon,M. Bravo,A. Blanco,C.A. 2016. Strategies to Reduce Insecticide Use in Agricultural Production en: Reference Module in Food Science. Elsevier.

Soberon,M. Monnerat,R. Bravo,A. 2016. Mode of Action of Cry Toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis and Resistance Mechanisms en: Mandal,M. Microbial Toxins. Dordrecht. Springer Netherlands. pags. 1-13

Bravo,A. Martinez-de-Castro,D.L. Sanchez-Quintana,J. Canton,P.E. Mendoza,G. Gomez,I. Pacheco,S. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Onofre,J. Ocelotl,J. Soberon,M. 2015. Mechanism of action of Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal toxins and their use in the control of insect pests en: Alouf,J.E. Comprehensive Sourcebook of Bacterial Protein Toxins 4a ed. Elsevier. pags. 858-873

Bravo,A. Soberon,M. Gao,Y. 2015. Preface en: *bravo Bt Resistance: Characterization and Strategies for GM Crops Producing Bacillus thuringiensis Toxins. Oxford. CABI. pags. xi-xii

Bravo,A. Gomez,I. Mendoza,G. Gaytan,M. Soberon,M. 2015. Different models of the mode of action of Bt 3d-Cry toxins en: *bravo Bt resistance – characterization and strategies for GM crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins. Oxford. CABI. pags. 56-68

Soberon,M. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Pacheco,S. Sanchez-Quintana,J. Tabashnik,B.E. Bravo,A. 2015. Countering pest resistance with genetically modified Bt toxins en: *bravo Bt resistance-characterization and strategies for GM crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis. Oxford. CABI. pags. 150-161

Soberon,M. Gao,Y.L. Bravo,A. 2015. Bt resistance- characterization and strategies for GM crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins Oxford:. CABI. 213 p.

Soberon,M. Gomez,I. Garcia-Gomez,B.I. Carmona,D. Ocelotl,J. Villanueva,F. Flores,B. Bravo,A. 2014. Mode of action of mosquitocidal toxins from Bacillus thuringiensis and their use in control of insect vectors of human diseases en: Biotechnology: beyond borders. CSIR National Chemical Laboratory. pags. 279-288

Bravo,A. Martinez-de-Castro,D.L. Sanchez,J. Munoz-Garay,C. Matus,V. Canton,P.E. Lopez-Diaz,J. Portugal,L. Mendoza,G. Soberon,M. 2014. Mode of action of Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and their use in transgenic crops to control insect pests en: Biotechnology: beyond borders. CSIR National Chemical Laboratory. pags. 122-134


Ibarra,J.E. Castro,M.C. Galindo,E. Patino,M. Serrano,L. Garcia,R. Carrillo,J.A. Pereyra-Alferez,B. Alcazar-Pizana,A. Luna-Olvera,H. Galan-Wong,L. Pardo,L. Munoz-Garay,C. Gomez,I. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2006. [Microorganisms in the biological control of insects and phytopathogens] Revista Latinoamericana de Microbiologia, 48, 113-120.

Miranda,R. Gomez,I. Soberon,M. Bravo,A. 2002. Mecanismo de accion de las toxinas Cry de Bacillus Thuringiensis.TIP revista especializada en Ciencias Quimico-Biologicas, 5, 5-13.


L. Pardo-López, E. B. Tabashnik, M. Soberón-Chavéz y M. A. Bravo-De La Parra 2009 Supresión de resistencia en insectos hacia las toxinas Cry de Bacillus thuringiensis utilizando toxinas que no requieren al receptor caderina.UNAM Europa, China, Canadá, India, Brasil y México (Números de solicitud pendientes). (en trámite)

M. Soberon M y M. A. Bravo 2008 Novel bacterial proteins with pesticidal activity.UNAM China 200680032864.5, Brasil PI0613111-5, India 200800272, Estados Unidos sin número y Europa 06795076.6. (en trámite)

L. Pardo-López, E. B. Tabashnik, M. Soberón-Chavéz y M. A. Bravo-De La Parra 2007 Supresión de resistencia en insectos hacia las toxinas Cry de Bacillus thuringiensis utilizando toxinas que no requieren al receptor caderina.UNAM PCT. (en trámite)

M. Soberon Ch. y M. A. Bravo de la P 2006 Novel bacterial proteins with pesticidal activity.UNAM PCT y Canadá 2625061. (en trámite)

M. Soberon y M. A. Bravo 2005 Novel bacterial proteins with pesticidal activity.UNAM Estados Unidos.

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