Scientific publications

  • Transition to ripening in tomato fruit needs genetic reprogramming initiated in gel tissue under multi-hormonal control – 2023 – Plant Physiology
  • De Novo Transcriptome Assembly, Gene Annotations, and Characterization of Functional Profiling Reveal Key Genes for Lead Alleviation in the Pb Hyperaccumulator Greek Mustard (Hirschfeldia incana L.) – 2022 – Current issues in Molecular Biology
  • Determination of the relationship between respiration rate and ethylene production by fruit sizes of different tomato types – 2022 - J Sci Food Agric
  • Response of prolyl 4 hydroxylases, Arabinogalactan proteins and pectins content under long salinity stress in four olive cultivars – 2022 – Cells
  • Arabinogalactan protein is a molecular and cytological marker of particular stages of the fruit ripening process (submitted)
  • An Arabidopsis Prolyl 4 Hydroxylase Is Involved in the Low Oxygen Response – 2021 - Front. Plant Sci.
  • Time-resolved luminescence spectra of greater celandine plant extract (Chelidonium majus L.) – 2021 - The European Physical Journal
  • X-ray CT and porosity mapping to determine the effect of ‘Fuji’ apple morphological and microstructural properties on the incidence of CO2 induced internal browning – 2021 - Postharvest Biology and Technology
  • The role of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) in fruit ripening – 2020 – Horticulture Research
  • Ahrazem et al., 2022. Engineering high levels of saffron apocarotenoids in tomato. Horticulture Research, 9: uhac074;
  • Dono et al., 2022. Color Mutations Alter the Biochemical Composition in the San Marzano Tomato Fruit. Horticulturae, 8, 120;
  • Gianoglio et al., 2022. In-Depth Characterization of greenflesh Tomato Mutants Obtained by CRISPR/Cas9 Editing: A Case Study With Implications for Breeding and Regulation. Front. Plant Sci. 13:936089.
  • Carmona et al., 2022. Improvement of Antioxidant Properties in Fruit from Two Blood and Blond Orange Cultivars by Postharvest Storage at Low Temperature. Antioxidants, 11, 547.

Solanum dulcamara L. Berries: A Convenient Model System to Study Redox Processes in Relation to Fruit Ripening

The present study provides, for the first time, a physicochemical and biochemical characterization of the redox processes associated with the ripening of Solanum dulcamara L. (bittersweet) berries. Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EPRS) and Imaging (EPRI) measurements of reactive oxygen species (ROS) were performed in parallel with the tissue-specific metabolic profiling of major antioxidants and assessment of antioxidant enzymes activity.


Milutinović, M.; Nakarada, Đ.; Božunović, J.; Todorović, M.; Gašić, U.; Živković, S.; Skorić, M.; Ivković, Đ.; Savić, J.; Devrnja, N.; Aničić, N.; Banjanac, T.; Mojović, M.; Mišić, D.  Antioxidants 2023, 12, 346.

Regulation of Vitamin C Accumulation for Improved Tomato Fruit Quality and Alleviation of Abiotic Stress

Considering the recent advances in our understanding of AsA regulation in model and other non-model species, this review attempts to link the current consensus with novel technologies to provide a comprehensive strategy for AsA enhancement in tomatoes, without any detrimental effect on plant growth or fruit development.

Mellidou I, Koukounaras A, Kostas S, Patelou E, Kanellis AK.

Genes (Basel). 2021 May 6;12(5):694.

Time-resolved luminescence spectra of greater celandine plant extract (Chelidonium majus L.)

In this work, we analyze optical characteristics of greater celandine (Chelidonium majus L.) ethanol solution extracts and fresh leaf samples. Optical emission of samples

was measured using a pulsed laser excitation of tunable wavelengths (320–470 nm) and time-resolved detection system. Results of our analysis reveal two distinct alkaloid optical emission bands with different excitation characteristics. Chlorophyll fluorescence emission band was also detected. Time-resolved analysis of luminescent spectra shows that lifetimes of both alkaloid fluorescence bands and chlorophyll band are in nanosecond domain.


M. S. Rabasovica, B. P. Marinkovic , M. D. Rabasovic , M. G. Nikolic, and D. Sevic

Eur. Phys. J. D (2021) 75: 180

An Arabidopsis Prolyl 4 Hydroxylase Is Involved in the Low Oxygen Response

Plant responses to flooding, submergence and waterlogging are important for adaptation to climate chang environments. Therefore, the characterization of the molecular mechanisms activated under hypoxic and anoxic conditions might lead to low oxygen resilient crops. Although in mammalian systems prolyl 4 hydroxylases (P4Hs) are involved in the oxygen sensing pathway, their role in plants under low oxygen has not been extensively investigated. In this report, an Arabidopsis AtP4H3 T-DNA knock out mutant line showed higher sensitivity to anoxic treatment possibly due to lower induction of the fermentation pathway genes, ADH and PDC1, and of sucrose synthases, SUS1 and SUS4. This sensitivity to anoxia was accompanied by lower protein levels of AGPs-bound epitopes such as LM14 in the mutant line and induction of extensins-bound epitopes, while the expression levels of the majority of the AGPs genes were stable throughout a low oxygen time course. The lower AGPs content might be related to altered frequency of proline hydroxylation occurrence in the p4h3 line. These results indicate active involvement of proline hydroxylation, a post-translational modification, to low oxygen response in Arabidopsis.


 Konkina A, Klepadlo M, Lakehal A, Zein ZE, Krokida A, Botros M, Iakovidis M, Chernobavskiy P, Elfatih Zerroumda M, Tsanakas G, Petrakis N, Dourou AM, Kalaitzis P. An Arabidopsis Prolyl 4 Hydroxylase Is Involved in the Low Oxygen Response. Front Plant Sci. 2021 Mar 15;12:637352.

The role of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) in fruit ripening—a review

In this review, authors summarise the results of pioneering studies on Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) in fruit tissue with their structure, specific localization pattern, stress factors influencing their presence, and a focus on recent advances.

Leszczuk, A., Kalaitzis, P., Blazakis, K.N. et al. The role of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) in fruit ripening—a review. Hortic Res 7, 176 (2020).

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