National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

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Emanuela Blanco

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Bari
Tel: (39) 0805583400-251

Personal Information Name: Emanuela Blanco
Address:Via Amendola 165/A-70126 Bari
Phone:+39 (080) 5583400-251
Fax: +39 (080) 5587566
: italian
Place and date of birth: Bari-Italy; 06/09/75
Present Position From 15th december 2008: permanent position as researcher at Institute of Plant Genetics-CNR-Bari
Work Experiences
  • July 1999- July 2000: Undergraduate research assistant, Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Bari, Italy.
  • 21st July 2000: Degree in Chemistry with a minor in Analytical Chemistry (110/110) University of Bari, Italy.
  • October 2000-October 2003: Ph.D. student in “Cellular Biochemistry and Farmacology”, Department of Pharmaco-Biology, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bari.
  • 15th March 2004: PhD degree at University of Bari, Department of Pharmaco-Biology, Italy. Thesis: “Identification and metabolic role of the mitochondrial aspartate-glutamate transporter in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.”
  • March 2004-March 2008: PostDoc fellowship, research activity on “Molecular characterization, function and metabolic role of mitochondrial transport systems in plants”, Department of Pharmaco-Biology University of Bari, Italy.
  • March-July 2004: CIB (Consorzio Interuniversitario per le Biotecnologie) short-term fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology of Golm, Germany.
  • May 2005-October 2005 and September 2008: research activity at the Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie of Golm, Germany.
  • 3rd July 2008-3rd December 2008: PostDoc fellowship, research activity on “Proteomic identification of new neurodegenerative biomarkers for the diagnosis and therapy in multiple sclerosis (NeuroBiotech)”, Department of Pharmaco-Biology, University of Bari.
  • 15 December 2008-today: researcher position at the Institute of Plant Genetics, CNR, Bari.
Tutorial and Teaching Activities
  • 2004/2005 and 2005/2006: Teaching activity: “Laboratory techniques for biotic and abiotic pollution analysis”, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Basilicata, Matera, Italy.
  • 2006/2007: Laboratory tutorial activity for the “Biochemistry and Applied Biochemistry” academic course (BIO10 sector), Faculty of Biotechnologies, University of Bari, Italy.
Fields of interest Biochemistry, molecular biology and biodiversity in plants of agronomic interest.
Research Activities
  • Molecular characterization and nutritional value determination of plants of agronomic interest (artichoke, wheat, legumes).

  • Metabolomic analysis of plant biodiversity.

  • Identification, molecular analysis and functional characterization of genes coding for enzymes and transcription factors involved in the synthesis and metabolism of antioxidant compounds in Cynara cardunculus.
  • Identification and functional characterization of genes coding for Bowman-Birk (BBI) protease inhibitors in legumes (Lathyrus sativus).
  • Role of cAMP in plants in signal transduction mechanisms under biotic stress conditions.
  • Identification and biochemical characterization of Saccaromyces cerevisiae and of Arabidopsis thaliana genes coding for inner mitochondrial membrane transporters.
  • Use of model organisms (Arabidopsis, tobacco) for gene functional characterization.
  • “In vivo” metabolic role of specific mitochondrial transport systems in Arabidopsis thaliana: transgenic and knock-out lines isolation, physiological characterization, determination of organ distribution and subcellular localization of transport systems, GUS technology, fluorescence and confocal microscopy.
  • Role of oxidative stress in neurodegenerative disorders, post-translational modifications of proteins, proteomic techniques.
Operative Unit Responsabilities FIRB 2010-Futuro in ricerca (COD. RBFR10S1LJ_002): CYCLIC NUCLEOTIDES IN BIOTIC STRESS SIGNALLING IN PLANT (08/03/2012-08/09/2015)
Collaboration to scientific projects
  • BioDruBa: Biodiversità delle Drupaceae della Basilicata PSR FEASR Basilicata 2014-2020, sottomisura 10.2.
  • BiodiverSO - Biodiversità delle specie orticole della Puglia - PSR Puglia 2007-2013 mis. 214, az. 4 - subaz. a) e PSR Puglia 2014-2020 mis. 10.2.1
  • The CYNARES International Project-CAR VARVI (2009-2013)
  • CISIA- “Conoscenze Integrate per la Sostenibilità e l’Innovazione del made in Italy Agroalimentare” (2011-2014)
  • Pon Iscocem: Sviluppo Tecnologico E Lnnovazione Per La Sostenibilita’ E Competitività Della Cerealicoltura Meridionale (2011-2014)
  • BioNet - PTP, Biodiversità per la valorizzazione e sicurezza delle produzioni alimentari tipiche pugliesi - Cod. Progetto 73 - Progetto Reti di Laboratorio, Bando BURP n. 41 del 13/03/2008. Regione Puglia (2013-2015).
  • BIOforIU - PONA3_00025 D.D. 957/ric del 18/11/2011 prot. N. 1424/29 “Infrastuttura multidisciplinare per lo studio e la valorizzazione della biodiversità marina e terrestre nella prospettiva della Innovation Union”. Ministry of Education and Research (2012-2014).
  • PRIN 2010-2011 “Identificazione e caratterizzazione di geni utili ad incrementare la produttività e sostenibilità del frumento duro”. Ministry of Education and Research (2013-2016).

Selected Publications:

  • Paradiso A, Domingo G, BLANCO E, Buscaglia A, Fortunato S, Marsoni M, Scarcia P, Caretto S, Vannini C, Pinto MC. (2020) Cyclic AMP mediates heat stress response by the control of redox homeostasis and ubiquitin-proteasome system. Plant, Cell and Environment 43 (11): 2727-2742. doi: 10.1111/pce.13878
  • BLANCO E, Fortunato S, Viggiano L, de Pinto MC. (2020) Cyclic AMP: A Polyhedral Signalling Molecule in Plants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21(14): E4862. doi: 10.3390/ijms21144862.
  • Simeone R, Piarulli L, Nigro D, Signorile MA, BLANCO E, Mangini G, Blanco A (2020) Mapping powdery mildew (Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici) resistance in wild and cultivated tetraploid wheats. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21 (21): 7910. DOI: 10.3390/ijms21217910
  • Sabetta W, Vandelle E, Locato V, Costa A, Cimini S, Bittencourt Moura A, Luoni L, Graf A, Viggiano L, De Gara L, Bellin D, BLANCO E, de Pinto MC (2019) Genetic buffering of cyclic AMP in Arabidopsis thaliana compromises the plant immune response triggered by an avirulent strain of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. Plant J., 98(4):590-606. doi: 10.1111/tpj.14275.
  • BLANCO E, Sabetta W, Danzi D, Negro D, Passeri V, De Lisi A, Paolocci F, Sonnante G. (2018) Isolation and characterization of the flavonol regulator CcMYB12 from the globe artichoke [Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus (L.) Fiori] . Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00941
  • Pavan S, Curci PL, Zuluaga DL, BLANCO E, Sonnante G. (2018) Genotyping-by-sequencing highlights patterns of genetic structure and domestication in artichoke and cardoon. PLoS One. 13 (10): e0205988. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205988.
  • Nigro D, Laddomada B, Mita G, BLANCO E, Colasuonno P, Simeone R, Blanco A. (2017) Genome-wide association mapping of phenolic acids in tetraploid wheats. J. Cereal Sci. 75. 25-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jcs.2017.01.022
  • Sabetta W, Vannini C, Sgobba A, Marsoni M, Paradiso A, Ortolani F, Bracale M, Viggiano L, BLANCO E., de Pinto MC (2016). Cyclic AMP deficiency negatively affects cell growth and enhances stress-related responses in tobacco Bright Yellow-2 cells. PLANT MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, vol. 90 (4-5): 467-83. ISSN: 0167-4412, doi: 10.1007/s11103-016-0431-5.
  • Hussain J, Chen J, Locato V, Sabetta W, Behera S, Cimini S, Griggio F, Martínez-Jaime S, Graf A, Bouneb M, Pachaiappan R, Fincato P, BLANCO E., Costa A, De Gara L, Bellin D, de Pinto MC, Vandelle E (2016). Constitutive cyclic GMP accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana compromises systemic acquired resistance induced by an avirulent pathogen by modulating local signals. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, vol. 6; p. 1-18, ISSN: 2045-2322, doi: 10.1038/srep36423.
  • De Lisi A, Montesano V, Negro D, Sarli G, BLANCO E., Sonnante G, Laghetti G (2014). Genetic diversity in Borago officinalis germplasm as revealed by seed oils and AFLP polymorphism. Genetic Resources And Crop Evolution, vol. 61; p. 853-859, ISSN: 0925-9864, doi: DOI 10.1007/s10722-014-0081-x
  • De Paola D, BLANCO E, Pierri CL, Sonnante G (2012). Isolation and characterization of novel variants of BBI coding genes from the legumes Lathyrus sativus Plant Physiol Biochem 57C: 45-53.
  • Sonnante G, Gatto A, Morgese A, Montemurro F, Sarli G, BLANCO E, Pignone D (2011). Genetic map of artichoke × wild cardoon: toward a consensus map for Cynara cardunculus. Theor Appl Genet 123 (7):1215-1229
  • Sonnante G, D’Amore R, BLANCO E, Pierri CL, De Palma M, Luo J, Tucci M, Martin C (2010). Novel hydroxycinnamoyl-coenzyme A quinate transferase genes from artichoke are involved in the synthesis of chlorogenic acid. Plant Physiol. 153 (3):1224-1238.
  • Palmieri L, Santoro A, Carrari F, BLANCO E, Nunes-Nesi A, Arrigoni R, Genchi F, Fernie AR, Palmieri F. (2008). Identification and characterization of ADNT1, a novel mitochondrial adenine nucleotide transporter from arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 148 (4): 1797-1808.
  • Palmieri F, Agrimi G, BLANCO E, Castegna A, Di Noia M.A, Iacobazzi V, Lasorsa FM, Marobbio C.M, Palmieri L, Scarcia P, Todisco S, Vozza A, Walker J. (2006). Identification of mitochondrial carriers in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by transport assay of reconstituted recombinant proteins. Biophys. Acta 1757: 1249-1262.
  • Palmieri L, Arrigoni R, BLANCO E, Carrari F, Zanor MI, Studart-Guimaraes C, Fernie AR, Palmieri F (2006). Molecular identification of an Arabidopsis S-adenosylmethionine transporter. Analysis of organ distribution, bacterial expression, reconstitution into liposomes, and functional characterization. Plant Physiology 142: 855-865.
  • Vozza A, BLANCO E, Palmieri L, Palmieri F (2004). Identification of the mitochondrial GTP/GDP transporter in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Journal of Biological Chemistry 279 (20): 20850-20857.
  • Cavero S, Vozza A, del Arco A, Palmieri L, Villa A, BLANCO E, Runswick MJ. Walker JE, Cerdàn S, Palmieri F, Satrùstegui J (2003). Identification and metabolic role of the mitochondrial aspartate-glutamate transporter in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Molecular Microbiology 50 (4): 1257-1269

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