PhD program in
  Genetics and Molecular and Structural Evolution  
Coordinated by Prof. Mariano Rocchi

  Drosophila Genetics


Structure and function of centromeric heterochromatin in D. melanogaster

Drosophila Tranposable elements as source of genomic instability

Heterochromatic genes

Published papers (selection) (click to download the pdf)

Minervini CF, Viggiano L, Caizzi R, Marsano RM: Identification of novel LTR retrotransposons in the genome of Aedes aegypti. Gene 440:42-9 (2009)

Dimitri P, Caizzi R, Giordano E, Carmela Accardo M, Lattanzi G, Biamonti G: Constitutive heterochromatin: a surprising variety of expressed sequences. Chromosoma 118:419-35 (2009)

Chlamydas S, Heun P, Dimitri P, Moschetti R, Barsanti P, Caizzi R: The paracentric inversion In(2Rh)PL alters the centromeric organization of chromosome 2 in Drosophila melanogaster. Chromosome Res 17:1-9 (2009)

Moschetti R, Chlamydas S, Massimiliano Marsano R, Caizzi R: Conserved motifs and dynamic aspects of the terminal inverted repeat organization within Bari-like transposons. Mol Genet Genomics 279:451-461 (2008)

Rossi F, Moschetti R, Caizzi R, Corradini N, Dimitri P: Cytogenetic and molecular characterization of heterochromatin gene models in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 175:595-607 (2007)

Minervini CF, Marsano RM, Casieri P, Fanti L, Caizzi R, Pimpinelli S, Rocchi M, Viggiano L: Heterochromatin protein 1 interacts with 5'UTR of transposable element ZAM in a sequence-specific fashion. Gene 393:1-10 (2007)

Corradini N, Rossi F, Giordano E, Caizzi R, Verni F, Dimitri P: Drosophila melanogaster as a model for studying protein-encoding genes that are resident in constitutive heterochromatin. Heredity 98:3-12 (2007)

Marsano RM, Caizzi R, Moschetti R, Junakovic N: Evidence for a functional interaction between the Bari1 transposable element and the cytochrome P450 cyp12a4 gene in Drosophila melanogaster. Gene 357:122-8 (2005)

Moschetti R, Marsano RM, Barsanti P, Caggese C, Caizzi R: FB elements can promote exon shuffling: a promoter-less white allele can be reactivated by FB mediated transposition in Drosophila melanogaster. Mol Genet Genomics 271:394-401 (2004)

Marsano RM, Moschetti R, Caggese C, Lanave C, Barsanti P, Caizzi R: The complete Tirant transposable element in Drososphila melanogaster shows a structural relationship with retrovirus-like retrotransposons. Gene 247:87-95 (2000)

Caizzi R, Caggese C, Pimpinelli S: Bari-1, a New Transposon-Like Family in Drosophila-Melanogaster with a Unique Heterochromatic Organization. Genetics 133:335-345 (1993)