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Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources

National Research Council of Italy

Luigi De Masi

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Portici
Tel: (39) -081-2539-494
E-mail: luigi.demasi@ibbr.cnr.it
URL: https://ibbr.cnr.it//ibbr/info/people/luigi-de-masi


Dr Luigi De Masi is research scientist at National Research Council (CNR) c/o Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (IBBR) of Portici (Naples), Italy.

Special Issue

Dr Luigi De Masi is Guest Editor for the Special Issue on "Genetic Resources and Diversity of Castanea Species" in the journal Plants (ISSN 2223-7747) https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants. This Special Issue is now open for submission: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants/special_issues/castanea_gene. Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2021.

Keywords

Plant Agrobiodiversity; Genetic and Chemical Variability; Plant Genetic Resources; Molecular Characterization; Biomolecular Resources; DNA-based Molecular Markers; Biosequences; DNA Polymorphisms; Bioinformatics; Protein Function Prediction; Nutrition and Health; Natural Products; Secondary Metabolites; Bioactive Molecules; Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.

Main Research Interests

  • Development and application of molecular markers for detecting DNA polymorphisms in plant genetic resources.
  • Genetic diversity analysis and reliable identification of plant species and varieties by molecular markers.
  • Characterization of plant genetic resources with particular reference to traditional varieties of local relevance.
  • Evaluation of plant bioresources for molecules of potential interest for human nutrition and health.
  • Identification of reservoirs of plant genetic diversity for conservation and exploitation of agrobiodiversity.

Education and Research Experience

In 1998 Dr De Masi obtained the degree in Biological Sciences cum laude at the School of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences of University of Naples Federico II.

From 1998 to 2001, Dr De Masi was research fellow and consultant, first at the School of Medicine, Second University of Naples (SUN) and after at the CE.IN.GE. Advanced Technologies, Naples.

In 1999, he was at Laboratory of Genetic Diversity of Dr A. Karp, Long Ashton Research Station (LARS), Institute of Arable Crops Research (IACR), Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Bristol (UK).

From 2001 to 2006, he was member of the permanent research staff at Experimental Station for Industry in Reggio Calabria (Italy).

Since 2006 Dr De Masi is member of the permanent research staff at CNR-IBBR of Portici (ex CNR-IGV).

Dr De Masi achieved a PhD in Agrobiology and Agrochemistry at University of Naples Federico II. He discussed a PhD thesis dealing with the study of tomato plant response to the interaction with beneficial fungi of Trichoderma genus.

His scientific production consists of 53 papers of international and national interest, one patent for invention, two monographs, five book’s chapters and 50 communications to international and national conventions.

Main Scientific Publications

- Nunziata A, Ruggieri V, Petriccione M, De Masi L (2020). Single nucleotide polymorphisms as practical molecular tools to support European chestnut agrobiodiversity management. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21(13), 4805. DOI: 10.3390/ijms21134805.

- De Masi L, Bontempo P, Rigano D, Stiuso P, Carafa V, Nebbioso A, Piacente S, Montoro P, Aversano R, D’Amelia V, Carputo D, Altucci L (2020). Comparative phytochemical characterization, genetic profile, and antiproliferative activity of polyphenol-rich extracts from pigmented tubers of different Solanum tuberosum varieties. Molecules 25(1), 233. DOI: 3390/molecules25010233.

- Cautela D, Balestrieri ML, Savini S, Sannino A, Ferrari G, Servillo L, De Masi L, Pastore A, Castaldo D (2020) The ancient Neapolitan sweet lime and the Calabrian Lemoncetta Locrese belong to the same Citrus species. Molecules, 25(1), 113; DOI: 3390/molecules25010113.

- Vella FM, De Masi L, Morana A, Calandrelli R, Laratta B (2019). Valorization of the agro-forestry wastes from Italian chestnut cultivars for the recovery of bioactive compounds. European Food Research and Technology 245(12): 2679-2686. DOI: 1007/s00217-019-03379-w.

- Laratta B, Vella FM, De Masi L, Morana A, La Cara F (2019). Biochemical characterization of leaves, burs and shells of ‘Bouche de Bétizac’ chestnut cultivar. Acta Horticulturae, 1242: 575-579. DOI: 17660/ActaHortic.2019.1242.84.

- Facchiano A, Pignone D, Servillo L, Castaldo D, De Masi L (2019). Structure and ligands interactions of Citrus tryptophan decarboxylase by molecular modeling and docking simulations. Biomolecules, 9(3), 117; DOI: 3390/biom9030117.

- De Masi L, Vella FM, Laratta B, Volpe MG, Tiseo M, La Cara F (2017). Biochemical and gene tic characterization of a red fig cultivar (Ficus carica) from Southern Italy. Acta Horticulturae, 1173: 81-86. DOI: 17660/ActaHortic.2017.1173.14.

- De Masi L, Castaldo D, Pignone D, Servillo L, Facchiano A (2017). Experimental evidence and in silico identification of tryptophan decarboxylase in Citrus genus. Molecules, 22(2), 272; DOI: 3390/molecules22020272.

- Bontempo P, De Masi L, Carafa V, Rigano D, Scisciola L, Iside C, Grassi R, Molinari AM, Aversano R, Nebbioso A, Carputo D, Altucci L (2015). Anticancer activities of anthocyanin extract from genotyped Solanum tuberosum “Vitelotte”. Journal of Functional Foods 19: 584-593. DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2015.09.063.

- De Masi L, Adelfi MG, Pignone D, Laratta B (2015). Identification of Doris verrucosa mollusc via mitochondrial 16S rDNA. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 58: 21-29. DOI: 1016/j.bse.2014.10.009.

- Laratta B, De Masi L, Sarli G, Pignone D (2013). Hot peppers for happiness and wellness: a rich source of healthy and biologically active compounds. Breakthroughs in the Genetics and Breeding of Capsicum and Eggplant, in Proceedings of the XV EUCARPIA Meeting on Genetics and Breeding of Capsicum and Eggplant, Eds S. Lanteri and G. L. Rotino, pp. 233-240. DOI: 13140/2.1.2468.7046.

- Tucci M, Ruocco M, De Masi L, De Palma M, Lorito M (2011). The beneficial effect of Trichoderma on tomato is modulated by the plant genotype. Molecular Plant Pathology, 12(4): 341-354. DOI: 10.1111/j.1364-3703.2010.00674.x.

- Laratta B, De Masi L, Minasi P, Giovane A (2008). Pectin methylesterase in Citrus bergamia: purification, biochemical characterization and sequence of the exon related to the enzyme active site. Food Chemistry, 110(4): 829-837. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2008.02.065.

- De Masi L, Siviero P, Castaldo D, Cautela D, Esposito C, Laratta B (2007). Agronomic, chemical and genetic profiles of hot peppers (Capsicum annuum ). Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 51(8): 1053-1062. DOI: 10.1002/mnfr.200600233.

- De Masi L, Siviero P, Esposito C, Castaldo D, Siano F, Laratta B (2006). Assessment of agronomic, chemical and genetic variability in common basil (Ocimum basilicum). European Food Research and Technology, 223: 273-281. DOI: 10.1007/s00217-005-0201-0.

- De Masi L, Castaldo D, Galano G, Minasi P, Laratta B (2005). Genotyping of fig (Ficus carica L) via RAPD markers. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 85(13): 2235-2242. DOI: 1002/jsfa.2247.

- De Masi L, Cipollaro M, Di Bernardo G, Galderisi U, Galano G, Cascino A, Grassi G, Pavone E, Simeone A (2003). Clonal selection and molecular characterization by RAPD analysis of the fig (Ficus carica) “Dottato” and “Bianco del Cilento” cultivars in Italy. Acta Horticulturae (ISHS), 605: 65-68. DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2003.605.8.

- Cipollaro M, Di Bernardo G, Forte A, Galano G, De Masi L, Galderisi U, Guarino FM, Angelini F, Cascino A (1999). Histological analysis and ancient DNA amplification on human bone remains found in Caius Iulius Polybius house in Pompeii. Croatian Medical Journal, 40(3): 392-397. DOI: 40/3/10411967.

- Galderisi U, Cipollaro M, Di Bernardo G, De Masi L, Galano G, Cascino A (1999). Identification of the Edible Fig ‘Bianco del Cilento’ by Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Analysis. HortScience, 34(7): 1263-1265. DOI: 21273/HORTSCI.34.7.1263.

- Galderisi U, Cipollaro M, Di Bernardo G, De Masi L, Galano G, Cascino A (1999). Identification of hazelnut (Corylus avellana) cultivars by RAPD analysis. Plant Cell Reports, 18: 652-655. DOI: 1007/s002990050637.

-Galderisi U, Cipollaro M, Di Bernardo G, De Masi L, Galano G, Cascino A (1998). Molecular typing of Italian sweet chestnut cultivars by random amplified polymorphic DNA analysis. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology, 73(2): 259-263. DOI: 1080/14620316.1998.11510973.

A list of key publications is available at the following webpages:

orcid.org/0000-0002-0460-7040

www.researchgate.net/profile/Luigi_De_Masi

 

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