Livia Stavolone

We aim to understand the way viruses interact with their plant hosts: the role and function of virus-encoded proteins and the identification of host factors required for virus infection.  The main interest of our lab is the mechanism of movement of viruses and virus-derived signals through the plant host. In particular, we study the tubule-mediated mechanism of the cell-to-cell movement of cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV).

Recently, we have started a new research line investigating on host factors involved in symptom production upon virus infection.


  • 2010 - Caulimoviridae Tubule-guided Transport Is Dictated By Movement Protein Properties. - Sanchez-navarro, J., Pallas, V., Fajardo, T., Zicca, S., Stavolone, L. - Journal Of Virology (62788J0), volume 84 pag. 4109-4112
  • 2005 - A Coiled-coil Interaction Mediates Cauliflower Mosaic Virus Cell-to-cell Movement - Stavolone, L., Villani, M.e., Leclerc, D. & Hohn, T. - Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America (79772J0), volume 102 pag. 6219-6224
  • 2003 - Characterization Of Cestrum Yellow Leaf Curling Virus: A New Member Of The Family Caulimoviridae. - Stavolone L., Ragozzino A., Hohn T. - Journal Of General Virology (54890J0), volume 84 pag. 3459-3464
  • 2003 - Cestrum Yellow Leaf Curling Virus (cmylcv) Promoter: A New Strong Constitutive Promoter For Heterologous Gene Expression In A Wide Variety Of Crops. - Stavolone L.1, Kononova M.2, Pauli S.3, Ragozzino A.4, De Haan P.5, Milligan S.6, Hohn T.7 - Plant Molecular Biology (05842J0), volume 53 pag. 703-713
  • 2002 - The Cauliflower Mosaic Virion-associated Protein Is Dispensable For Viral Replication In Single Cells - Kobayashi K. 1, Tsuge S. 2, Stavolone L. 3, Hohn T. 4 - Journal Of Virology (62788J0), volume 18 pag. 9457-9464
  • 2001 - Tetramerization Is A Conserved Feature Of The Virion-associated Protein In Plant Pararetroviruses - Stavolone L. 1, Herzog E. 2, Leclerc D. 3, Hohn T. 4. - Journal Of Virology (62788J0), volume 75 pag. 7739-7743