Vincenzo Lionetti


Titolo Pubblicato in Anno
The ancient battle between plants and pathogens: plant cell wall resilience and damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) drive plant immunity Plant Cell Walls - Research Milestones and Conceptual Insights 2023
Arabidopsis subtilases promote defense-related pectin methylesterase activity and robust immune responses to botrytis infection PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY 2023
Editorial: Plant cell wall in pathogenesis, parasitism and symbiosis, Volume II FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 2023
The ancient battle between plants and pathogens: plant cell wall resilience and damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) drive plant immunity Plant Cell Walls - Research Milestones and Conceptual Insights 2023
The Plant Invertase/Pectin Methylesterase Inhibitor Superfamily FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE 2022
Plant cell wall integrity perturbations and priming for defense PLANTS 2022
New insight into the biochemical features of AtPME17, a functional Arabidopsis PME affecting plant resistance to pathogens, regulated by its pro-region Book of absracts Plant Biology Europe 2021 2021
Glycomic and phytochemical profile of olive oil vegetative waters after membrane-based filtration to recover bioactive compounds Book of absracts Plant Biology Europe 2021 2021
Coexpression of fungal cell wall-modifying enzymes reveals their additive impact on arabidopsis resistance to the fungal pathogen, Botrytis cinerea BIOLOGY 2021
Olive mill wastes. A source of bioactive molecules for plant growth and protection against pathogens BIOLOGY 2020
AtPME17 is a functional Arabidopsis thaliana pectin methylesterase regulated by its PRO region that triggers PME activity in the resistance to Botrytis cinerea MOLECULAR PLANT PATHOLOGY 2020
Retargeting of a Plant Defense Protease by a Cyst Nematode Effector PLANT JOURNAL 2019
In silico identification of structural signatures in Arabidopsis thaliana pectin methylesterases SIBV - Abstract Book 2019
The molecular dialogue between grapevine inflorescence/berry and Botrytis cinerea during initial, quiescent and egression infection stages ACTA HORTICULTURAE 2019
Phytochemical profile of olive oil mill vegetative waters Book of abstacts VI INTERNATIONAL PLANT SCIENCE CONFERENCE (IPSC) 2019
Pectic enzymes as potential enhancers of ascorbic acid production through the D-galacturonate pathway in Solanaceae PLANT SCIENCE 2018
Cell wall features transferred from common into durum wheat to improve Fusarium Head Blight resistance PLANT SCIENCE 2018
Three pectin methylesterase inhibitors protect cell wall integrity for arabidopsis immunity to Botrytis PLANT PHYSIOLOGY 2017
Extracellular matrix in plants and animals: Hooks and locks for viruses FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY 2017


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  • Life-science technologies & biotechnologies

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Dr. Lionetti has a proven track record in the field of plant-pathogen interactions. He is an expert in the dynamic modifications of the composition and structure of the cell wall polysaccharides during pathogen infection. Cell Wall Degrading Enzymes (CWDEs) are expressed by pathogens during host invasion to penetrate the cell wall barrier and colonize the tissue. Plants evolved the ability to sense loss of cell wall integrity and trigger defence responses leading to an improved resistance to disease (Figure). Dr. Lionetti has contributed to understanding the molecular bases of plant defence to biotic stresses. He demonstrated that the modulation of the expression of CWDEs or their inhibitors in planta represents a useful tool to improve plant resistance to pathogens and to investigate the role of an altered structure and integrity of wall polysaccharides in plant-pathogen interactions. Moreover, he demonstrated that alterations of pectin esterification impact on cell wall degradability and on plant susceptibility to pathogens. Dr. Lionetti, by applying his competence in the glycomics of cell wall polysaccharides, uncovered specific cell wall components remodelled to resist against fungal necrotrophs. He is considered an international expert on the modification of pectin methyl esterification in the plant-pathogen interaction. He also proposed biotechnological applications of the CWDEs and their inhibitors to improve saccharification of cell wall polysaccharides and protoplast isolation.


Plant cell wall
plant biology
Plant immunity
Pectin methyl esterases
Pectin methyl esterase inhibitors
plant cell
Botrytis cinerea

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