Livia Stavolone

We aim to understand the way viruses interact with their plant hosts: the role and function of virus-encoded proteins and the identification of host factors required for virus infection.  The main interest of our lab is the mechanism of movement of viruses and virus-derived signals through the plant host. In particular, we study the tubule-mediated mechanism of the cell-to-cell movement of cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV).

Recently, we have started a new research line investigating on host factors involved in symptom production upon virus infection.


Articles and book chapters since 2008

  • 2019 - Viruses affecting African crops and their vectors - Legg J. P., Lava Kumar P., Mahuku G., Wosula E., Stavolone, L., Terry E., Bosque-Pérez N. - in: Critical issues in plant health: 50 years of research in African agriculture,
  • 2018 - S-acylation mediates Mungbean yellow mosaic virus AC4 localization to the plasma membrane and in turns gene silencing suppression - Carluccio A.V., Prigigallo M.I., Rosas-Diaz T., Lozano-Duran R., Stavolone L. - PLOS pathogens, volume 14
  • 2018 - Ortervirales: New virus order unifying five families of reverse-transcribing viruses - Krupovic M., Blomberg J., Coffin J.M., Dasgupta I., Fan H., Geering A.D., Gifford R., Harrach B., Hull R., Johnson W., Kreuze J.F., Lindemann D., Llorens C., Lockhart B., Mayer J., Muller E., Olszewski N.E., Pappu H.R., Pooggin M.M., Richert-Poggeler K.R., Sabanadzovic S., Sanfacon H., Schoelz J.E., Seal S., Stavolone L., Stoye J.P., Teycheney P.-Y., Tristem M., Koonin E.V., Kuhn J.H. - Journal of virology, volume 92
  • 2017 - Prosystemin overexpression induces transcriptional modifications of defenserelated and receptor-like kinase genes and reduces the susceptibility to Cucumber mosaic virus and its satellite RNAs in transgenic tomato plants - Bubici G., Carluccio A.V., Stavolone L., Cillo F. - Plos one, 12(2): e0171902
  • 2017 - Extracellular Matrix in Plants and Animals: Hooks and Locks for Viruses - Stavolone L., Lionetti V. - Frontiers In Microbiology ,
  • 2016 - Unusual genomic features of a badnavirus infecting mulberry - Chiumenti M., Morelli M., De Stradis A., Elbeaino T., Stavolone L., Minafra A. - Journal Of General Virology , 97: 3073-3087
  • 2015 - Virus-induced gene silencing of pectin methylesterase protects Nicotiana benthamiana from lethal symptoms caused by Tobacco mosaic virus - Bubici G., Carluccio A.V., Cillo F., Stavolone L. - European Journal Of Plant Pathology , 141:339-347
  • 2014 - Hitching a ride on vesicles: Cauliflower mosaic virus movement protein trafficking in the endomembrane system - Carluccio A.V., Zicca S., Stavolone L. - Plant Physiology , 164:1261-1270
  • 2014 - Interference of Brefeldin A in viral movement protein tubules assembly - Carluccio A.V.,Stavolone L. - Plant Signaling & Behavior , 9:e29121
  • 2010 - Caulimoviridae Tubule-guided Transport Is Dictated By Movement Protein Properties. - Sanchez-Navarro J., Pallas V., Fajardo T., Zicca S., Stavolone L. - Journal Of Virology, 84:4109-4112