Dr Marco Catoni PhD

Dr Marco Catoni

School of Biosciences
Lecturer in Plant Biology

Contact details

Address
School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Catoni integrates computational biology with a range of experimental molecular biology approaches to study the epigenetic mechanisms controlling genome plasticity in plants.

The group investigates the relations between epigenetic and evolution, and develops epigenetic-based approaches to improve plant production, to support a more sustainable agriculture.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Turin, 2010 in Plant Pathology
  • Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to MSc), University of Turin 2006 in Plant Biotechnology
  • Laurea (equivalent to BSc), University of Turin (Italy) 2003 in Biotechnology

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Benoit, M, Drost, H-G, Catoni, M, Gouil, Q, Lopez-Gomollon, S, Baulcombe, D & Paszkowski, J 2019, 'Environmental and epigenetic regulation of Rider retrotransposons in tomato', PLoS Genetics, vol. 15, no. 9, e1008370, pp. 1-28. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.1008370

Catoni, M, Noris, E, Vaira, AM, Jonesman, T, Matić, S, Soleimani, R, Behjatnia, SAA, Vinals, N, Paszkowski, J & Accotto, GP 2018, 'Virus-mediated export of chromosomal DNA in plants', Nature Communications, vol. 9, 5308. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-07775-w

Catoni, M, Jonesman, T, Cerruti, E & Paszkowski, J 2018, 'Mobilization of Pack-CACTA transposons in Arabidopsis suggests the mechanism of gene shuffling', Nucleic Acids Research. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gky1196

Catoni, M, Tsang, JM, Greco, AP & Zabet, NR 2018, 'DMRcaller: a versatile R/Bioconductor package for detection and visualization of differentially methylated regions in CpG and non-CpG contexts', Nucleic Acids Research. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gky602

Zabet, NR, Catoni, M, Prischi, F & Paszkowski, J 2017, 'Cytosine methylation at CpCpG sites triggers accumulation of non-CpG methylation in gene bodies', Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 45, no. 7, pp. 3777-3784. https://doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkw1330

Catoni, M, Griffiths, J, Becker, C, Zabet, NR, Bayon, C, Lieberman-Lazarovich, M, Weigel, D & Paszkowski, J 2017, 'DNA sequence properties that predict susceptibility to epiallelic switching', The EMBO journal, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 617-628. https://doi.org/10.15252/embj.201695602

Torchetti, EM, Pegoraro, M, Navarro, B, Catoni, M, Di Serio, F & Noris, E 2016, 'A nuclear-replicating viroid antagonizes infectivity and accumulation of a geminivirus by upregulating methylation-related genes and inducing hypermethylation of viral DNA', Scientific Reports, vol. 6, 35101. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep35101

Catoni, M, Lucioli, A, Doblas-Ibáñez, P, Accotto, GP & Vaira, AM 2013, 'From immunity to susceptibility: Virus resistance induced in tomato by a silenced transgene is lost as TGS overcomes PTGS', Plant Journal, vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 941-953. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.12253

Miozzi, L, Catoni, M, Fiorilli, V, Mullineaux, PM, Accotto, GP & Lanfranco, L 2011, 'Arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis limits foliar transcriptional responses to viral infection and favors long-term virus accumulation', Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, vol. 24, no. 12, pp. 1562-72. https://doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-05-11-0116

Fiorilli, V, Catoni, M, Francia, D, Cardinale, F & Lanfranco, L 2011, 'The arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis reduces disease severity in tomato plants infected by Botrytis cinerea', Journal of Plant Pathology, vol. 93, no. 1, pp. 237-242.

Catoni, M, Fiorilli, V, Miozzi, L, Lanfranco, L & Accotto, GP 2009, 'Comparative analysis of expression profiles in shoots and roots of tomato systemically infected by Tomato spotted wilt virus reveals organ-specific transcriptional responses', Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, vol. 22, no. 12, pp. 1504-13. https://doi.org/10.1094/MPMI-22-12-1504

Chapter

Catoni, M & Cortijo, S 2018, EpiRILs. in Advances in Botanical Research: Plant Epigenetics Coming of Age for Breeding Applications. Plant Epigenetics Coming of Age for Breeding Applications, vol. 88, pp. 87-116. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.abr.2018.08.002

Letter

Cho, J, Benoit, M, Catoni, M, Drost, H-G, Brestovitsky, A, Oosterbeek, M & Paszkowski, J 2019, 'Sensitive detection of pre-integration intermediates of long terminal repeat retrotransposons in crop plants', Nature Plants, vol. 5, pp. 26-33. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-018-0320-9

Griffiths, J, Catoni, M, Iwasaki, M & Paszkowski, J 2018, 'Sequence-Independent Identification of Active LTR Retrotransposons in Arabidopsis', Molecular Plant, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 508-511. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molp.2017.10.012

Review article

Miozzi, L, Vaira, AM, Catoni, M, Fiorilli, V, Accotto, GP & Lanfranco, L 2019, 'Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis: Plant Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Viruses?', Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 10, 1238. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.01238

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