Elizabeth Agostini

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Hairy root syndrome is a disease that is induced by Agrobacterium rhizogenes infection and characterized by a proliferation of excessively branching roots. However, in the past 30 years A. rhizogenes-mediated transformation has also provided a valuable platform for studying biosynthesis pathways in plants. Furthermore, the genetically transformed root(More)
We have obtained hairy root cultures of Brassica napus with high biomass and genetic stability which produce peroxidases, enzymes involved in biodegradation processes. In this work, these hairy root cultures were used to study the removal of 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP), a common contaminant in industrial effluents that is highly toxic for human and aquatic(More)
Jasmonic acid biosynthesis occurs in leaves and there is also evidence of a similar pathway in roots. The expression of lipoxygenase, allene oxide cyclase and low amounts of transcripts of allene oxide synthase in tomato roots indicates that some steps of the jasmonate synthesis may occur in these organs. Thus, the aim of the present work was to study the(More)
INTRODUCTION Meristematic mitotic cells of Allium cepa constitute an adequate material for cytotoxicity and genotoxicity evaluation of environmental pollutants, such as phenol, which is a contaminant frequently found in several industrial effluents. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION In the present work, Brassica napus hairy roots (HR) were used for phenol removal(More)
Chlorophenols are harmful pollutants, frequently found in the effluents of several industries. For this reason, many environmental friendly technologies are being explored for their removal from industrial wastewaters. The aim of the present work was to study the scale up of 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) removal from synthetic wastewater, using Brassica(More)
Common vetch (Vicia sativa L.) is a legume species with an extensive agricultural use. However, the phytoremediation potentiality of this species has not been sufficiently explored because little is known about its resistance to inorganic and organic pollutants. In the present work, phenol tolerance of common vetch was assayed at different stages of growth.(More)
Phenolic compounds present in the drainage from several industries are harmful pollutants and represent a potential danger to human health. In this work we have studied the removal of phenol from water using Brassica napus hairy roots as a source of enzymes, such as peroxidases, which were able to oxidise phenol. These hairy roots were investigated for(More)
We have purified various peroxidase isoenzymes from roots and hairy-root cultures of turnip (Brassica napus) which could potentially be used for commercial applications such as an enzyme immunoassays, diagnostic test kits, wastewater treatment and soil remediation. One of them, a basic peroxidase called HR2, was secreted into the medium of turnip hairy-root(More)
In the last years, hairy root (HR) cultures are gaining attention in the biotechnology industry. This particular plant cell culture derives from explants infected with Agrobacterium rhizogenes. They constitute a relatively new approach to in vitro plant biotechnology and modern HR cultures are far away from the valuables findings performed by Philip R.(More)
Transgenic hairy root (HR) systems constitute an interesting alternative to improve the efficiency of phytoremediation process. Since peroxidases (Px) have been associated with phenolic compounds removal, in the present work, transgenic tobacco HR, which expressed basic Px genes from tomato (tpx1 and tpx2), were established and assayed for phenol removal.(More)