National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Andrea Trotta

Role: Senior Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Florence
Tel: (39) 0555225749

ResearcherID: A-2882-2012
Scopus Author ID: 54380957800

Gender Male | Nationality Italian

General Description

My research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying the perception of light, and the conversion in biomolecules of the energy absorbed, both in model and in non-model species of land plants. In particular I work on the regulation of the expression and post-translational modification of the proteome both in photosynthetic membranes and in whole plant cells.

Professional Experience

01/2023- Senior researcher
11/2019-12/2022 Researcher
- Istituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse, Sesto Fiorentino (FI) Italia
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04/2021- Visiting researcher
01/2020-03/2021 Senior Research Fellow
- Molecular Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku (Finlandia)
Project Project funded by Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation titled “Opportunities of molecular level photosynthesis research” co-lead by Prof. Eva-Mari Aro
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01/2019-12/2019 Senior researcher
- Molecular Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku (Finlandia)
Project Center of Excellence funded by Academy of Finland titled “Molecular Biology of Primary Producers” co-lead by Prof. Eva-Mari Aro
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03/2014-12/2018 Senior researcher
- Molecular Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku (Finlandia)
Project Project funded by Academy of Finland titled “ Photosynthetic mechanisms, regulation and signaling - towards solar fuel production” lead by Prof. Eva-Mari Aro
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04/2010-02/2014 Post doctoral fellow
Molecular Plant Biology, Department of Biochemistry, University of Turku, Turku (Finlandia)
Project funded by Academy of Finland titled “Cross-talk in light acclimation and defense reactions in plants” lead by Dr. Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi


11/2006-02/2010 PhD in Environmental Sciences
Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali e della Vita (DiSAV), Università del Piemonte Orientale, Alessandria (Italia)

Peer-reviewed Publications

(*equal contribution):

  • Gerotto C*, Trotta A*, Bajwa AA, Morosinotto T, Aro EM (2022) Role of Serine/Threonine Protein Kinase Stn7 in the Formation of Two Distinct Photosystem I Supercomplexes in Physcomitrium patens. Plant Physiology. 190(1), 698-713. doi: 10.1093/plphys/kiac294
  • Di Silvestre D, Tadini L, Trotta A, Valledor L, Salekdeh GH, Jorrin Novo JV (2022) Editorial: A Systems View of Plant Cellular Communication. Frontiers in Plant Science 13, 875046 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2022.875046
  • Gollan PJ, Trotta A, Bajwa AA, Mancini I, Aro EM (2021) Characterization of the Free and Membrane-Associated Fractions of the Thylakoid Lumen Proteome in Arabidopsis thaliana. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 22 (15), 8126. doi: 10.3390/ijms22158126
  • Pascual J, Rahikainen M, Angeleri M, Alegre S, Gossens R, Shapiguzov A, Heinonen A, Trotta A, Durian G, Winter Z, Sinkkonen J, Kangasjärvi J, Whelan J, Kangasjärvi S (2021) ACONITASE 3 is part of the ANAC017 transcription factor-dependent mitochondrial dysfunction response. Plant Physiology. 186(4), 1859-1877.
  • Nilsson AK, Pěnčík A, Johansson ON, Bånkestad D, Fristedt R, Suorsa M, Trotta A, Novák O, Mamedov F, Aro EM, Burmeister BL (2020) PSB33 protein sustains Photosystem II in plant chloroplasts under UVA light. Journal of Experimental Botany. 71(22): 7210-7223. doi: 10.1093/jxb/eraa427
  • Alegre S, Pascual J, Trotta A, Angeleri M, Rahikainen M, Brosche M, et al. (2020) Evolutionary conservation and post-translational control of S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine hydrolase in land plants. PLoS ONE 15(7): e0227466. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227466
  • Grebe S*, Trotta A *, Bajwa AA, Mancini I, Bag P, Jansson S, Tikkanen M, Aro EM (2020) Specific thylakoid protein phosphorylations are prerequisites for overwintering of Norway spruce (Picea abies) photosynthesis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of Aamerica . 117(30): 17499-17509. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2004165117
  • Tadini L, Peracchio C, Trotta A, Colombo M, Mancini I, Jeran N, Costa A, Faoro F, Marsoni M, Vannini C, Aro EM, Pesaresi P (2020) GUN1 influences the accumulation of NEP-dependent transcripts and chloroplast protein import in Arabidopsis cotyledons upon perturbation of chloroplast protein homeostasis. The Plant Journal 101(5):1198-1220. doi: 10.1111/tpj.14585.
  • Trotta A*, Bajwa AA*, Mancini I, Paakkarinen V, Pribil M, Aro EM (2019) The role of phosphorylation dynamics of CURVATURE THYLAKOID 1B in plant thylakoid membranes. Plant physiology 181(4):1615-1631. doi: 10.1104/pp.19.00942.
  • Gerotto C, Trotta A, Bajwa AA, Mancini I, Morosinotto T, Aro EM (2019) Thylakoid protein phosphorylation dynamics in a moss mutant lacking SERINE/THREONINE PROTEIN KINASE STN8. Plant physiology 180(3):1582-1597. doi: 10.1104/pp.19.00117
  • Grebe S, Trotta A, Bajwa AA, Suorsa M, Gollan PJ, Jansson S, Tikkanen M, Aro EM (2019) The unique photosynthetic apparatus of Pinaceae - Analysis of photosynthetic complexes in Norway spruce (Picea abies). Journal of Experimental Botany 70(12):3211-3225. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erz127.
  • Cui F, Brosché M, Shapiguzov A, He XQ, Vainonen JP, Leppälä J, Trotta A, Kangasjärvi S, Salojärvi J, Kangasjärvi J, Overmyer K (2019) Interaction of methyl viologen-induced chloroplast and mitochondrial signalling in Arabidopsis. Free Radical Biology & Medicine 134:555-566. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.02.006.
  • Nikkanen L, Toivola J, Trotta A, Diaz MG, Tikkanen M, Aro E-M, Rintamäki E (2018) Regulation of cyclic electron flow by chloroplast NADPH-dependent thioredoxin system. Plant Direct 2: e00093.
  • Trotta A, Barera S, Marsano F, Osella D, Musso D, Pagliano C, Andreucci F, Barbato R. (2018) Isolation and characterization of a photosystem II preparation from thylakoid membranes of the extreme halophyte Salicornia veneta Pignatti et Lausi. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 132:356-362. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2018.09.023.
  • Pinnola A, Alboresi A, Nosek L, Semchonok D, Rameez A, Trotta A, Barozzi F, Kouřil R, Dall’Osto L, Aro EM, Boekema EJ, Bassi R. (2018) A LHCB9-dependent photosystem I megacomplex induced under low light in Physcomitrella patens. Nature Plants 4(11):910-919. doi: 10.1038/s41477-018-0270-2.
  • Rahikainen M, Alegre S, Trotta A, Pascual J, Kangasjärvi S (2018) Trans-methylation reactions in plants: focus on the activated methyl cycle. Physiologia Plantarum 162(2):162-176. doi: 10.1111/ppl.12619.
  • Fristedt R*, Trotta A*, Suorsa M, Nilsson AK, Croce R, Aro EM, Lundin B (2017) PSB33 sustains photosystem II D1 protein under fluctuating light conditions. Journal of Experimental Botany 68(10):4281-4293. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erx218.
  • Rahikainen M*, Trotta A*, Alegre S, Pascual J, Vuorinen K, Overmyer K, Moffatt B, Ravanel S, Glawischnig E, Kangasjärvi S (2017) PP2A-B’γ modulates foliar trans-methylation capacity and the formation of 4-methoxy-indol-3-yl-methyl glucosinolate in Arabidopsis leaves. Plant Journal 89(1):112-127. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13326.
  • Trotta A*, Suorsa M*, Rantala M, Lundin B, Aro EM. (2016) Serine and threonine residues of plant STN7 kinase are differentially phosphorylated upon changing light conditions and specifically influence the activity and stability of the kinase. Plant Journal 87(5):484-94. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13213.
  • Suorsa M, Rantala M, Mamedov F, Lespinasse M, Trotta A, Grieco M, Vuorio E, Tikkanen M, Järvi S, Aro EM (2015) Light acclimation involves dynamic re-organization of the pigment-protein megacomplexes in non-appressed thylakoid domains. Plant Journal 84(2):360-73. doi: 10.1111/tpj.13004.
  • Konert G, Rahikainen M, Trotta A, Durian G, Salojärvi J, Khorobrykh S, Tyystjärvi E, Kangasjärvi S (2015) Subunits B’γ and B’ζ of protein phosphatase 2A regulate photo-oxidative stress responses and growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant, Cell & Environment 38(12):2641-51. doi: 10.1111/pce.12575.
  • Konert G*, Trotta A*, Kouvnen P, Rahikainen M, Durian G, Blokhina O, Fagerstedt K, Muth D, Corthals GL, Kangasjärvi S. (2015) Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) regulatory subunit B’γ interacts with cytoplasmic ACONITASE 3 and modulates the abundance of AOX1A and AOX1D in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist 205(3):1250-63. doi: 10.1111/nph.13097.
  • Li S, Mhamdi A, Trotta A, Kangasjärvi S, Noctor G. (2014) The protein phosphatase subunit PP2A-B’γ is required to suppress day length-dependent pathogenesis responses triggered by intracellular oxidative stress. New Phytologist 202(1):145-60. doi: 10.1111/nph.12622
  • Trotta A, Rahikainen M., Konert G, Finazzi G, Kangasjärvi S. (2014) Signalling cross-talk in light stress and immune reactions in plants. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 369(1640):20130235. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0235.
  • Trotta A, Antonacci A, Marsano F, Redondo-Gomez S, Figueroa Clemente EM, Andreucci F, Barbato R. (2012). Identification of a 2-cys peroxiredoxin as a tetramethyl benzidine-hydrogen peroxide stained protein from the thylakoids of the extreme halophyte Arthrocnemum macrostachyum Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 57:59-66. doi:10.1016/j.plaphy.2012.05.010.
  • Trotta A, Redondo-Gómez S, Pagliano C, Clemente ME, Rascio N, Rocca NL, Antonacci A, Andreucci F, Barbato R. (2012). Chloroplast ultrastructure and thylakoid polypeptide composition are affected by different salt concentrations in the halophytic plant Arthrocnemum macrostachyum. Journal of Plant Physiology 169(2):111-6. doi:10.1016/j.jplph.2011.11.001.
  • Trotta A, Konert G, Rahikainen M, Aro E-M and Kangasjärvi, S. (2011) Knock-down of protein phosphatase 2A subunit B’γ promotes phosphorylation of CALRETICULIN 1 in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Signaling and Behavior 6(11):1665-8. doi: 10.4161/psb.6.11.17829.
  • Trotta A, Wrzaczek M, Scharte J, Tikkanen M, Konert G, Rahikainen M, Holmström M, Hiltunen HM, Rips S, Sipari N, Mulo P, Weis E, von Schaewen A, Aro EM, and Kangasjärvi, S. (2011): Regulatory subunit B’γ of protein phosphatase 2A prevents unnecessary defence reactions under low light in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiology 156(3):1464-80. doi: 10.1104/pp.111.178442.

  • Book chapters:
    Konert G, Rahikainen, M, Trotta A, Kangasjärvi S. (2013). Systemic Signalling in Light Acclimation of Leaves. Chapter in Springer book ’Long-Distance Systemic Signaling and Communication’. 10.1007/978-3-642-36470-9_12


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