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Research interests

Genetics, molecular biology, and mutagenesis applied to marine microalgae to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying diatoms biology. The goal is to promote ecologically relevant diatoms as molecular models. I work with Phaeodactylum tricornutum, which is the most exploited molecular model, and species of the genus Pseudo-nitzschia, which have an added value, they are toxic and interesting from an ecological point of view.

Journal Papers

Aniello, F., Villano, G., Corrado, M., Locascio, A., Russo, M.T., D’Aniello, S., Fucci, L., Branno, M. (2003). Structural organization of the sea urchin DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferase gene and characterization of five alternative spliced transcripts. Gene 302 1-9.

Russo, M.T., Donizetti, A., Locascio, A., D’Aniello, S., Amoroso, A., Aniello, F., Fucci, L., Branno, M. (2004). Regulatory Elements Controlling Ci-msxb Tissue Specific Expression during Ciona intestinalis embryonic development. Dev Biol  267 517-18.

D’Aniello, S., D’Aniello, E., Locascio, A., Memoli, A., Corrado, M., Russo, M.T., Aniello, F., Fucci, L., Brown, E. R. and Branno, M. (2006). The ascidian homologue of the vertebrate homeobox gene Rx is essential for ocellus development and function. Differentiation 74 222-34

Alfano, C.*, Russo, M.T.*, Spagnuolo, A. (2007). Developmental expression and transcriptional regulation of Ci-Pans, a novel neural marker gene of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis. Gene 406 36-41. *Equal contribution

Sordino, P., Andreakis, N., Brown, E. R., Leccia, N. I., Squarzoni, P., Tarallo R., Alfano, C., Caputi, L., D'Ambrosio, P., Daniele, P., D'Aniello, E., D'Aniello, S., Maiella, S., Miraglia, V., Russo, M. T., Sorrenti, G., Branno, M., Cariello, L., Cirino, P., Locascio, A., Spagnuolo, A., Zanetti, L. and Ristoratore, F. (2008). Natural Variation of Model Mutant Phenotypes in Ciona intestinalis. PLoS ONE 3(6): e2344. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002344

De Rosa, L., Antonini, D., Ferone, G., Russo, M.T., Yu, P. B., Han, R. and Missero, C. (2009). p63 suppresses non-epidermal gene expression by direct regulation of BMP/Smad signaling. J Biol Chem. 284 30574-82.

Antonini, D., Russo, M.T., De Rosa, L., Gorrese, M., Del Vecchio, L., and Missero, C. (2010). Transcriptional repression of miR-34 family contributes to p63-mediated cell cycle progression in epidermal cells. J. Invest. Dermatol. 130(5):1249-57.

Russo, M.T., Racioppi, C., Zanetti, L., Ristoratore, F. (2014). Expression of a single prominin homolog in the embryo of the model chordate Ciona intestinalis. Gene Expr Patterns 15:38-45.

Sabatino, V.*, Russo, M.T.*, Patil, S., d’Ippolito, G., Fontana, A. and Ferrante, M.I. (2015). Establishment of genetic transformation in the sexually reproducing diatoms Pseudo-nitzschia multistriata and Pseudo-nitzschia arenysensis and inheritance of the transgene. Mar Biotechnol (NY) 17:452-62 *Equal contribution

Russo, M.T., Annunziata, R., Sanges, R., Ferrante, M.I., and Falciatore, A. (2015). The upstream regulatory sequence of the Phaeodactylum tricornutum Lhcf2 gene can enhance transcription in an orientation- and distance-independent fashion. doi:10.1016/j.margen.2015.06.010.

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