M. A. Castellano

Università degli Studi del Sannio, Benevento, Campania, Italy

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Publications (53)54.59 Total impact

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    PIAZZOLLA P. · BOARI A. · DE STRADIS A. · CRESCENZI A. · CASTELLANO M.A.

    Full-text · Dataset · Nov 2015
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    P. Piazzolla · M. A. Castellano · A. Stradis

    Full-text · Dataset · Dec 2013
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    P. Piazzolla · M. A. Castellano · A. Stradis

    Full-text · Dataset · Dec 2013
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    ABSTRACT: A virus with filamentous particles ca. 700 nm long, denoted Fig latent virus 1 (FLV-1) is widespread in Apulian (southern Italy) fig orchards, in trees showing or not mosaic symptoms and in symptomless seedlings. The virus was transmitted by sap inoculation to a very restricted range of herbaceous hosts without inducing apparent symptoms and was transmitted through fig seeds to a very high percentage (80 to 100 %). It was successfully purified from root tissues of infected figs. A virus-specific antiserum raised in rabbits, proved useful for its detection in fig leaf dips by immunosorbent electron microscopy (ISEM), Western Blot, dot immuno-binding (DIBA), ELISA. The viral genome structure resembles that of members of the genus Trichovirus in the family Flexiviridae.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2010
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    ABSTRACT: A virus with filamentous particles ca. 700 nm long, denoted Fig latent virus 1 (FLV-1) is widespread in Apulian (southern Italy) fig orchards, in trees showing or not mosaic symptoms and in symptomless seedlings. This virus was transmitted by sap inoculation to a very restricted range of herbaceous hosts without inducing apparent symptoms. It was successfully purified from root tissues of infected figs. A virus-specific antiserum raised in rabbits, proved useful for its detection in fig leaf dips by immunosorbent electron microscopy. The cytology of infected cells was little affected. Bundles of filamentous particles were observed in the cytoplasma of parenchyma cells of infected fig trees and seedlings. The viral genome is a single-stranded positive-sense RNA with an estimated size of ca. 8,000 nt, 6,620 of which have been sequenced, starting from the polyadenylated 3’ terminus. Genomic RNA consists of four open reading frames encoding, in the 5’→3’ direction, the replication-associated proteins (ORF 1), a 43 kDa putative movement protein (ORF 2), the 46 kDa coat protein (ORF 3), and a 12 kDa protein with nucleic acid binding properties. The viral genome structure and organization resembles that of members of the genus Trichovirus, family Flexiviridae and, indeed, FLV- 1 clusters with trichoviruses in phylogenetic trees constructed with coat protein sequences. However, a distinct difference with all members of the genus rests with the size of the coat protein subunits (46 versus 22-27 kDa) and the presence of ORF 4, which is present only in three tentative species of this genus.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2009 · JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY
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    M. A. Castellano · DE STRADIS A · A MINAFRA · D. Boscia · G. P. Martelli
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    ABSTRACT: The transmission through seeds of Fig latent virus 1 (FLV-1), a putative member of the genus Trichovirus, was investigated. Batches of seedlings of different age (1-year-old and 4-weeks-old) and geographical origin (Italy, Greece and Turkey) were analyzed by immunosorbent electron microscopy (ISEM) using a virus-specific antiserum. FLV-1 was detected in all groups of seedlings, the great majority of which were symptomless. Infection rate ranged from 73 to 100% (average 92%). Bundles of virus particles were observed in the cytoplasm of mesophyll cells of symptomless seedlings and positive RT-PCR responses were obtained in a few random assays using FLV-1-specific primers. The high transmission rate differentiates FLV-1 from most of the other seed-transmitted plant viruses which, in general, have a lower transmission frequency, and from the extant trichoviruses, none of which is apparently transmitted though seeds.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2009 · JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY
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    ABSTRACT: Several dsRNA bands (approx. 0.6-7 kbp in size) were recovered from tissues of mosaic-diseased fig seedlings which contained the enveloped round structures known as double membrane bodies (DMBs). blast analysis of a 4353 and a 1120 nt sequence from the two largest RNA segments showed homology with the polymerase and the putative glycoprotein precursor genes of negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Bunyaviridae. Negative- and positive-sense riboprobes designed from both RNA segments hybridized to two bands of approximately 7 and 2.3 kbp in Northern blots of dsRNAs. Thus, these segments were identified as putative RNA-1 and RNA-2 of a novel virus for which the name fig mosaic virus (FMV) is proposed. Identity levels of predicted amino acids of the protein encoded by FMV RNA-1 with those of species of the family Bunyaviridae and European mountain ash ringspot-associated virus (EMERaV) were 28 and 54 %, respectively. RNA-2 showed 38 % identity at the amino acid level only with EMARaV. RNA-1 segment contained five conserved motifs (A-E) and an endonucleolytic centre of comparable genes of L RNA of bunyaviruses and EMARaV RNA-1. In a phylogenetic tree constructed with RdRp sequences, EMARaV grouped with FMV in a clade distinct from those of all bunyavirus genera. The consistent association of DMBs with mosaic symptoms and the results of molecular investigations strongly indicate that DMBs are particles of FMV, the aetiological agent of fig mosaic disease.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2009 · Journal of General Virology
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    M. Guardo · O. Potere · M.A. Castellano · V. Savino · A. Caruso
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    ABSTRACT: Citrus leaf blotch virus (CLBV), the type species of the putative new genus Citrivirus, causes a bud union disorder of Nagami kumquat and Calamondin scions grafted on trifoliate rootstocks. This virus was successfully transmitted to Nicotiana cavicola using leaf extracts of infected Nagami kumquat and Etrog citron, thus widening its herbaceous host range. The infection was latent but confirmed by the positive response of RTPCR using virus-specific primers and by electron microscopy. The positive transmission of CLBV to N. cavicola should in principle facilitate laboratory investigations, as it provides a new source of virus alternative to and more manageable than citrus.
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    ABSTRACT: Though fig mosaic disease has been known for decades but the causal agent has been elusive. Here we present data on the incidence of at least four new viruses isolated from fig trees exhibiting mosaic symptoms.
    Full-text · Conference Paper · Jan 2009
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    ABSTRACT: Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 (GLRaV-3) is a major pathogen of grapevine. A previously described single-chain fragment variable (scFv) antibody (scFvLR3), directed against the coat protein (CP) of GLRaV-3, was expressed in Escherichia coli and used to develop a diagnostic ELISA kit. The antibody was fused to the light chain constant domain of human immunoglobulin to create the bivalent reagent C(L)-LR3, which was purified from the periplasmic fraction, giving a yield of ~5 mg/l. The sensitivity of the reagent against recombinant GLRaV-3 CP was 0.1 ng. The sensitivity, specificity and durability of the reagent was similar to a commercial kit. The C(L)-LR3 showed a weak cross-reaction in immune electron microscopy assays to GLRaV-1 and -7, but not with the phylogenetically more distant GLRaV-2. A fully recombinant kit was developed with the inclusion of a recombinant GLRaV-3 CP expressed in bacteria, thus avoiding problems associated with virus propagation and purification. This system represents a rapid, simple, sensitive and standardized diagnostic protocol for GLRaV-3 detection.
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Grapevine phloem-limited isometric virus (GPLIV) is the name proposed for a non mechanically-transmissible virus found in Italian and Tunisian grapevines. In density gradient centrifugation purified virus preparations sedimented as two components: T, made up of empty protein shells, and B, composed of intact nucleoprotein particles. B particles had a buoyant density of 1.45 g/cm3 at equilibrium in CsCl and contained 35% RNA consisting of a single molecule with an apparent size of 7.4 kb. The coat protein consisted of a single species with a mol.wt of 28,000 daltons. Purified virus preparations did not infect herbaceous hosts by manual inoculation. A specific antiserum with a titre of 1: 64 raised in rabbits, was used for identification of, GPLIV in field-grown Tunisian grapevines and in leafroll-affected Italian vines before and after heat treatment. Although heat treatment eliminated the virus from the majority of the plants, leafroll symptoms persisted in several GPLIV-free vines, indicating that there is no clear-cut relationship between GPLIV and this disease. ZusammenfassungEinige Eigenschaften eJnes im Phloem begrenzten, nicht mechanisch iibertragbaren Weinstockvirus Der Name grapevine phloem-limited isometric virus [GPLIV) wird für ein nicht mechanisch übertragbares, in Italien und Tunesien vorkommendes Virus vorgeschlagen, Nach Dichtegradiemenzentnfugation konnten zwei Komponenten aus gereinigten Viruspräparaten festgestellt werden: T, die aus leeren Proteinhüllen bestand, und B, die ganze Nucieoproteinpartikein enthielt. Die B-Komponenten hatten eine schwimmende Dichte von 1,45 g/cm3 im Gleichgewicht mit CsCl und emhielten 35 % RNS, die aus eincm einzelnen Molekül mit einer scheitibaren Größe von 7,4 kb bestand. Das Hüllprotein setzte sich aus einer Art mit einem Mokkulargewicht von 28 000 Dalton zusammen. Gereinigte Viruspräparaie waren nicht in der Lage, Wirtspflanzen nach einer kiinsthchen Inokulation zu lnfizieren. Ein aus Kaninchen gewonnenes, spezifisches Antiserum, mit einem Titer von 1: 64, wurde bei der Feststellung vom CPLIV in Weinstöcken aus Feldern in Tunesien und in Reben in Italien. die geroiite Blatter aufwiesen, vor und nach einer Hitzebehandlung angewandt. Obwohl Nach einer Hitzebehandlung das Virus in fast alien Pflanzen nicht mehr nachzuweisen war, wurden die gerollten Blättersymptome bei einigen GPLIV-freien Reben nicht aufgehoben. Dies deutet darauf hin, daß es keinen eindeutigen Zusammenhang zwischen dem GPLIV und dieser Krankheit gibt.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2008 · Journal of Phytopathology
  • M. Russo · M. A. Castellano · G. P. Martelli

    No preview · Article · Apr 2008 · Journal of Phytopathology
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    P. Piazzolla · M. A. Castellano · A. De Stradis
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    ABSTRACT: Water samples were collected from some rivers of Southern Italy whose water is normally used for irrigation and checked for the presence of plant viruses. The assayes were carried out by centrifuging at 5000x g one liter of water, resuspending the sediments in phosphate buffer and testing their infectivities on Chenopodium quinoa Willd. It was possible to isolate tobacco mosaic virus, cucumber mosaic virus and two more viruses not identified yet.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2008 · Journal of Phytopathology
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    ABSTRACT: Mosaic disease (FMD) is a cosmopolitan disorder of fig (Ficus carica), characterized by various patterns of discolouration (mosaic, chlorotic mottling and blotching, vein banding, ringspots, line patterns) and malformation (twisting, puckering, rosetting) of the leaves. Infected plants have reduced vigour and may bear small mottled fruits. FMD has a viral aetiology but its causal agents are still under scrutiny.
    Full-text · Conference Paper · Jan 2008
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    M. A. Castellano · G. Gattoni · A. Minafra · M. Conti · G. P. Martelli
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    ABSTRACT: SUMMARY Different patterns of chlorotic to yellowish mottling and deformation were observed in leaves of field-grown fig trees in Mexico and South Africa. Potted rooted cut- tings from both sources grown under glasshouse condi- tions displayed chlorotic blotching, vein clearing and banding of the leaves. Electron microscope observations of thin-sectioned tissues from symptomatic leaves showed that parenchyma cells of both Mexican and South African samples contained the double-membrane bodies (DMBs) typically associated with fig mosaic disease (FMD). Also, accumulations of filamentous semi-rigid and of very flexuous virus-like particles were observed in parenchyma or phloem cells, respectively. RT-PCR assays of total nucleic acids extracted from leaf tissues of both sources using primers designed to amplify the HSP70 gene of the putative closteroviruses Fig leaf mottle-associ- ated virus 1 (FLMaV-1) and Fig leaf mottle-associated virus 2 (FLMaV-2) gave a positive response only for FLMaV-1. DMBs have been observed previously in the symptomatic Mexican fig source. However, our results are the first records of FMD and associated DMBs in South Africa and of both FLMaV-1 and an unidentified filamentous semi-rigid virus in Mexico and South Africa.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2007 · JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY
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    G. Loconsole · M. A. Castellano · M. Dell' Orco · D. Boscia · V. Savino
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    ABSTRACT: SUMMARY Citrus psorosis virus (CPsV) is the putative agent of psorosis, a widespread and economically important dis- ease of citrus. This virus is erratically transmitted to herbaceous hosts in which it multiplies to low titer. It can be purified only with difficulty, which makes the production of antisera laborious. To overcome this im- pairment, the coat protein gene of an Italian virus iso- late was cloned and sequenced. This sequence, which showed 97% identity at the amino acid level with a Florida isolate of CPsV, was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 as a fusion protein with maltose binding pro- tein. This recombinant protein was used as an antigen for immunization. The resulting antiserum successfully and specifically recognized CPsV in Western blots, im- munoelectron microscopy and different ELISA proto- cols, using diverse tissues from citrus accessions from different geographical areas.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2006 · JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY
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    T. ElBeaino · M. Saponari · A. Minafra · M.A. Castellano · V. Savino · G.P. Martelli
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    ABSTRACT: RACE-PCR using a denatured dsRNA extract from an olive plant infected by Olive leaf yellowing-associated virus (OLYaV), extended a previously sequenced large fragment of the viral genome by 854 nt downstream in the heat shock protein 90 (HSP90). This sequence showed from 45 to 53% identity at the nucleotide level with that of putative HSP90s of different members of the family Closteroviridae. In phylogenetic trees constructed with published HSP90 and RdRp sequences, OLYaV was well separated from other viruses, as was Little cherry virus 1 (LChV-1), another unassigned species in the family Closteroviridae. A polyclonal antiserum was raised to a recombinant protein encoded by the HSP70 gene in fusion with sequence encoding the maltose binding protein. In Western blots of extracts from infected olive tissues, IgGs purified from this antiserum reacted with a polypeptide with a Mr of ca. 65 kDa, which was identified as the putative viral HSP70. Closterovirus-like flexuous particles with distinct cross banding and a maximum length of ca. 2000 nm were seen in extracts from infected roots and leaves of rooted olive cuttings. The cytopathology of infected leaves was similar to that induced by other members of the family Closteroviridae. However, the new information is still insufficient for the ultimate classification of OLYaV
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    ABSTRACT: Polyclonal sera raised to Escherichia coli-expressed movement proteins encoded by ORF 3 (p8K) and ORF 4 (p6K) of olive latent virus 1, were used for their immunodetection in infected Nicotiana benthamiana plants. In subfractionated locally infected tissues 4 days post inoculation (d.p.i.) that were analysed by Western blot, p8K was found in the fast-sedimenting fractions P1 and P30 containing membranous material and/or cell organelles and, likely, the fibrous structures mentioned below, but not in the soluble protein-containing supernatant. No p6K could be detected in these extracts. In locally inoculated leaves p8K began to accumulate from 2 d.p.i onwards reaching its peak at 4 d.p.i. Intracellular immunogold labelling of cells from locally and systemically infected tissues localized p8K primarily in fibrous inclusions made up of thin filaments with a helical structure present in the cytoplasm of locally and systemically infected cells. In systemic infections a light and scattered labelling was observed in the cytoplasm and near the cell wall. The specific serum to p6K did not label the fibrous structures and failed to recognize its antigen in systemically and locally infected tissues except at 4 d.p.i., when scattered labelling was observed in the cytoplasm and near plasmodesmata.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2005 · Archives of Virology
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    T. Amenduni · C. Hobeika · A. Minafra · D. Boscia · M. A Castellano · V. Savino
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    ABSTRACT: SUMMARY Different Prunus species from Southern Italy with stem pitting symptoms were assayed by RT-PCR for the presence of Plum bark necrosis stem pitting-associated virus (PBNSPaV). DNA of the expected size was am- plified from cortical scrapings of almond, peach, plum, apricot, and sweet cherry. The test was repeated monthly on various tissues throughout a year. Different protocols for total nucleic acid extraction and RT-PCR amplification were compared. Virus particles of an Ital- ian apricot isolate (APR-SP1) were purified and used to produce antiserum that reacted in IEM and ELISA with particles of an American PBNSPaV isolate. How- ever, the antiserum did not detect PBNSPaV in crude plant extracts.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2005 · JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY
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    ABSTRACT: SUMMARY A filamentous virus was isolated by mechanical sap transmission from GF 305 seedlings showing asteroid ringspots to Nicotiana occidentalis. The GF 305 seedlings were graft-inoculated with buds from an apricot tree cv Mistikawi, from Palestine. The electrophoretic dsRNA pattern from symptomatic GF 305 and N. occidentalis showed a major band of about 9.5 kbp. Bundles of elon- gated virus-like particles were present in the cytoplasm of infected N. occidentalis. Dissociated coat protein from partially purified virus preparations consisted of a single subunit with an estimated Mr of ca. 50 kDa. RT-PCR us- ing primers specific for Apricot latent virus (ApLV) RNA amplified a DNA product of about 200 bp from infected GF 305 and N. occidentalis plants. Sequence analysis of this fragment showed 90-93% identity in the encoded amino acid sequence with corresponding sequences from different ApLV isolates. This is the first record of ApLV from the southern Mediterranean. An ApLV-spe- cific digoxygenin-labelled riboprobe was produced and used for molecular hybridisation tests. A survey of apri- cot orchards in Southern Italy did not show the presence of ApLV.
    Full-text · Article · Mar 2005 · JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY

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599 Citations
54.59 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 1992-2009
    • Università degli Studi del Sannio
      Benevento, Campania, Italy
    • Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
      • Dipartimento di Scienze del Suolo, della Pianta e degli Alimenti (Di.S.S.P.A.)
      Bari, Apulia, Italy
  • 1999
    • Université de Neuchâtel
      Neuenburg, Neuchâtel, Switzerland