Massimo Malerba

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The recent identification ofDAD (defender against apoptotic death) gene in plants suggests that the N-linked glycosylation of proteins could be an important control point of plant programmed cell death. In this paper we describe the effects of Tunicamycin, an inhibitor of N-linked protein glycosylation, and Brefeldin A, an inhibitor of protein trafficking(More)
Programmed cell death plays a pivotal role in several developmental processes of plants and it is involved in the response to environmental stresses and in the defense mechanisms against pathogen attack. It has not yet been defined which part of the death signalling mechanism and which molecules involved in programmed cell death are common to animals and(More)
Programmed cell death (PCD) plays a vital role in plant development and is involved in defence mechanisms against biotic and abiotic stresses. Different forms of PCD have been described in plants on the basis of the cell organelle first involved. In sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) cultured cells, the phytotoxin fusicoccin (FC) induces cell death. However,(More)
Programmed cell death occurs in plants during several developmental processes and during the expression of resistance to pathogen attack (i.e., the hypersensitive response). An unsolved question of plant programmed cell death is whether a unique signaling pathway or different, possibly convergent pathways exist. This problem was addressed in cultured(More)
Temperature stress such as heat, cold, or freezing is a principal cause for yield reduction in crops. In particular, heat stress is very common and dangerous for plants since this stress can impact several plant and cellular functions. In spite of their role in sensing local stress and in controlling fundamental processes including PCD, the responses of(More)
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have pleiotropic effects in plants. ROS can lead to cellular damage and death or play key roles in control and regulation of biological processes, such as programmed cell death (PCD). This dual role of ROS, as toxic or signalling molecules, is possible because plant antioxidant system (AS) is able to achieve a tight control(More)
Programmed cell death plays a vital role in normal plant development, response to environmental stresses, and defense against pathogen attack. Different types of programmed cell death occur in plants and the involvement of mitochondria is still under investigation. In sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) cultured cells, the phytotoxin fusicoccin induces cell(More)
Several authors previously showed that the interaction between 14-3-3 proteins and plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase leads to an activated complex in which the enzyme is endowed with more favorable kinetic parameters and a more physiological pH optimum. In this paper we report immunological studies with antibodies covering a different specific region of the(More)
The protective action of alpha-crystallin against copper-induced protein stress is studied using bovine lens aldose reductase (ALR2) as protein model. The oxidative inactivation of ALR2 induced by CuCl2 at the stoichiometric Cu2+/ALR2 ratio of 2/1 [I. Cecconi, M. Moroni, P.G. Vilardo, M. Dal Monte, P. Borella, G. Rastelli, L. Costantino, D. Garland, D.(More)
Chitosan (CHT) is a natural, safe, and cheap product of chitin deacetylation, widely used by several industries because of its interesting features. The availability of industrial quantities of CHT in the late 1980s enabled it to be tested in agriculture. CHT has been proven to stimulate plant growth, to protect the safety of edible products, and to induce(More)