Fabrizio Cillo

Dr. Fabrizio Cillo deals with research activity in the field of plant virology. Research areas include biological and molecular characterization of plant pathogenic viruses, with a main focus on viruses affecting horticultural crops; genetic engineering of crop plants and evaluation of resistance to viruses in genetically modified plants; characterization of RNA silencing mechanisms in virus-infected plants, in transgenic plants and through virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS).

Main current projects involve the study of molecular plant-virus interactions, in particular: a) identification of host factors involved in defence responses of tomato to viruses such as  Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) and Potato virus Y (PVY), through gene expression profiling and analysis of enzymatic activity: b) identification of genes/traits of resistance to CMV in wild accessions of Solanum spp.; c) analysis of the role of RNA silencing in viral pathogenicity, during single or double infections of different viruses and viroids in tomato.


  • 2010 - Characterization Of The Interactions Between Cucumber Mosaic Virus And Potato Virus Y In Mixed Infections In Tomato - Mascia T. (1,2), Cillo F., Fanelli V. (1), Finetti-sialer M.m. (1), De Stradis A., Palukaitis P. (3,4) & Gallitelli D. (1,2) - Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions (09067J0), volume 23(11 pag. 1514-1524
  • 2010 - Rnai-mediated Viral Immunity Requires Amplification Of Virus-derived Sirnas In Arabidopsis Thaliana - Xian-bing Wang, Qingfa Wu, Takao Ito, F, Cillo, Wan-xiang Li, Xuemei Chen, Jia-lin Yu, Shou-wei Ding - Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America-biological Sciences (02088J0), volume 107 pag. 484-489
  • 2009 - Differential Effects Of Mild And Severe Cucumber Mosaic Virus Strains In The Perturbation Of Microrna-regulated Gene Expression In Tomato Map To The 32 Sequence Of Rna 2 - Cillo, F., Mascia, T., Pasciuto, M.m., Gallitelli, D. - Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions (09067J0), volume 22 pag. 1239-1249
  • 2007 - Response Of Tomato And Its Wild Relatives In The Genus Solanum To Cucumber Mosaic Virus And Satellite Rna Combinations - Cillo, F., Pasciuto, M.m., (1) De Giovanni, C., (2) Finetti-sialer, M.m., Ricciardi, L. , Gallitelli, D. - Journal Of General Virology (54890J0), volume 88 pag. 3166-3176
  • 2004 - Analysis Of Mechanisms Involved In The Cucumber Mosaic Virus Satellite Rna-mediated Transgenic Resistance In Tomato Plants. - Cillo F., Finetti-sialer M.m., Papanice M.a., Gallitelli D. - Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions (09067J0), volume 17 pag. 98-108
  • 2002 - Generation Of Sirnas By T-dna Sequences Does Not Require Active Transcription Of Homology To Sequences In The Plant - Canto T. 1,Cillo F. 2, Palukaitis P.3 - Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions (09067J0), volume 15 pag. 1137-1146
  • 2002 - In Situ Localization And Tissue Distribution Of The Replication-associated Proteins Of Cucumber Mosaic Virus In Tobacco And Cucumber - Cillo F.1, Roberts I.m. 2, Palukaitis P. 3 - Journal Of Virology (62788J0), volume 76 pag. 1654-1664