Publications

PUBLICATION LIST (Updated October 3, 2019)

2019

  • Al-Khafaji AM, Armstrong SD, Varotto Boccazzi I, Gaiarsa S, Sinha A, Li Z, Sassera D, Carlow CKS, Epis S, Makepeace BL. Rickettsia buchneri, symbiont of the deer tick Ixodes scapularis, can colonise the salivary glands of its host. Ticks and tick-borne diseases. 2019 Sep.
  • Olivieri E, Epis S, Castelli M, Varotto Boccazzi I, Romeo C, Desirò A, Bazzocchi C, Bandi C, Sassera D. Tissue tropism and metabolic pathways of Midichloria mitochondrii suggest tissue-specific functions in the symbiosis with Ixodes ricinus. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. 2019 Aug; 10: 1070-1077.
  • Castelli M, Sabaneyeva E, Lanzoni O, Lebedeva N, Floriano A M, Gaiarsa S, Benken K, Modeo L, Bandi C, Potekhin A, Sassera D, Petroni G. Deianiraea, an extracellular bacterium associated with the ciliate Paramecium, suggests an alternative scenario for the evolution of Rickettsiales. ISME J. 2019 May; 13, 2280–2294.
  • Stefano Gaiarsa, Ibrahim Bitar, Francesco Comandatore, Marta Corbella, Aurora Piazza, Erika Scaltriti, Laura Villa, Piero Marone, Elisabetta Nucleo, Stefano Pongolini, Roberta Migliavacca, Davide Sassera. Can Insertion Sequences Proliferation Influence Genomic Plasticity? Comparative analysis of Acinetobacter baumannii Sequence Type 78, a Persistent Clone in Italian Hospitals. Frontiers in microbiology. 2019; 10:2080.
  • Gaiarsa S, Batisti Biffignandi G, Esposito EP, Castelli M, Jolley KA, Brisse S, Sassera D, Zarrilli R. Comparative analysis of the two Acinetobacter baumannii multilocus sequence typing (MLST) schemes. Frontiers in microbiology. 2019; 10:930.

2018

  • Corbella M, Caltagirone M, Gaiarsa S, Mariani B, Sassera D, Bitar I, Muzzi A, Migliavacca R, Scudeller L, Stronati M, Cambieri P. Characterization of an Outbreak of Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase-Producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Italy. Microbial Drug Resistance. Oct 2018; 24(8): 1128-1136.
  • Comandatore F, Sassera D, Bayliss SC, Scaltriti E, Gaiarsa S, Cao X, Gales A, Saito R, Pongolini S, Brisse S, Feil E, Bandi C. Gene composition as a potential barrier to large recombinations in the bacterial pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae. bioRxiv. Jan 2018; 255349
  • Mori E, Pisanu B, Zozzoli R, Solano E, Olivieri E, Sassera D, Montagna M. Arthropods and associated pathogens from native and introduced rodents in Northeastern Italy. Parasitology research, 117(10), 3237-3243. 2018
  • Floriano AM, Castelli M, Krenek S, Berendonk TU, Bazzocchi C, Petroni G, Sassera D. The Genome Sequence of “Candidatus Fokinia solitaria”: Insights on Reductive Evolution in Rickettsiales. Genome Biology and Evolution. 2018 Apr; 4(10): 1120–1126.
  • Piazza A, Comandatore, F, Romeri F, Pagani C, Floriano AM, Ridolfo A, Antona C, Brilli M, Mattioni MV, Bandi C, Gismondo MR. First Report of an ST410 OXA-181 and CTX-M-15 Coproducing Escherichia coli Clone in Italy: A Whole-Genome Sequence Characterization. Microbial Drug Resistance. 2018
  • Serra V, Cafiso A, Formenti N, Verheyden H, Plantard O, Bazzocchi C, Sassera D. Molecular and Serological Evidence of the Presence of Midichloria mitochondrii in Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) in France. Journal of wildlife diseases. 2018
  • De Marco L, Epis S, Capone A, Martin E, Bozic J, Crotti E, Ricci I, Sassera D. The Genomes of Four Meyerozyma caribbica Isolates and Novel Insights into the Meyerozyma guilliermondii Species Complex. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 2018 Jan; g3-300316.

2017

  • De Marco L, Sassera D, Epis S, Mastrantonio V, Ferrari M, Ricci I, Comandatore F, Bandi C, Porretta D, Urbanelli S. The choreography of the chemical defensome response to insecticide stress: insights into the Anopheles stephensi transcriptome using RNA-Seq. Scientific reports. 2017 Jan; 7.
  • Esposito EP, Gaiarsa S, Del Franco M, Crivaro V, Bernardo M, Cuccurullo S, Pennino F, Triassi M, Marone P, Davide Sassera D, Zarrilli R. A novel IncA/C1 group conjugative plasmid, encoding VIM-1 metallo-beta-lactamase, mediates the acquisition of carbapenem resistance in ST104 Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from neonates in the intensive care unit of V. Monaldi hospital in Naples.Frontiers in microbiology. 2017 Nov; 8: 2135.
  • De Marco L, Epis S, Comandatore F, Porretta D, Cafarchia C, Mastrantonio V, Dantas-Torres F, Otranto D, Urbanelli S, Bandi C, Sassera D. Transcriptome of larvae representing the Rhipicephalus sanguineus complex. Molecular and cellular probes. 2017 Febr; 31: 85-90.
  • Di Venere M, Viglio S, Sassera D, Fumagalli M, Bardoni A, Salvini R, Cagnone M, Iadarola P. Front Cover: Do the complementarities of electrokinetic and chromatographic procedures represent the “Swiss knife” in proteomic investigation? An overview of the literature in the past decade. ELECTROPHORESIS. 2017 June; 38(12).
  • Comandatore F, Corbella M, Andreoli G, Scaltriti E, Aguzzi M, Gaiarsa S, Mariani B, Morganti M, Bandi C, Fabbi M, Marone P, Pongolini S, Sassera D. Genomic Characterization Helps Dissecting an Outbreak of Listeriosis in Northern Italy. PLoS Currents. 2017 July; 9.
  • Percivalle E, Sassera D, Rovida F, Isernia P, Fabbi M, Baldanti F, Marone P. Usutu Virus Antibodies in Blood Donors and Healthy Forestry Workers in the Lombardy Region, Northern Italy. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 2017 Sept; 17(9), 658-661.

2016

  • Cafiso A, Bazzocchi C, De Marco L, Opara MN, Sassera D, Plantard O. Molecular screening for Midichloria in hard and soft ticks reveals variable prevalence levels and bacterial loads in different tick species. Ticks and tick-borne diseases. 2016 Oct; 7(6), 1186-1192.
  • Castelli M, Sassera D, Petroni G. Biodiversity of “Non-model” Rickettsiales and Their Association with Aquatic Organisms. Springer International Publishing. 2016 Dec; 59-91.

2015

  • Comandatore F, Cordaux R, Bandi C, Blaxter M, Darby A , Makepeace BL, Montagna M Sassera D.(2015) Supergroup C Wolbachia, mutualist symbionts of filarial nematodes, have a distinct genome structure. Open Biol. 5: 150099. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsob.150099.
  • Scaltriti E, Sassera D, Comandatore F, Morganti M, Mandalari C, Gaiarsa S, Bandi C, Zehender G, Bolzoni L, Casadei G, Pongolini S. (2015) Differential single nucleotide polymorphism analysis of an outbreak caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Manhattan reveals epidemiological details missed by standard Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis. J Clin Microbiol. Feb 4. pii: JCM.02930-14.
  • Cafarchia C, Porretta D, Mastrantonio V, Epis S, Sassera D, Iatta R, Immediato D, Ramos RA, Lia RP, Dantas-Torres F, Kramer L, Urbanelli S, Otranto D. (2015) Potential role of ATP-binding cassette transporters against acaricides in the brown dog tick Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato. Med Vet Entomol. Mar;29(1):88-93.
  • Gaiarsa S, Comandatore F, Gaibani P, Corbella M, Dalla Valle C, Epis S, Scaltriti E, Carretto E, Farina C, Labonia M, Landini MP, Pongolini S, Sambri V, Bandi C, Marone P, Sassera D. (2015) Genomic epidemiology of Klebsiella pneumoniae in Italy and novel insights into the origin and global evolution of its resistance to carbapenem antibiotics. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. Jan;59(1):389-96.
  • Di Venere M, Fumagalli M, Cafiso A, De Marco L, Epis S, Plantard O, Bardoni A, Salvini R, Viglio S, Bazzocchi C, Iadarola P, Sassera D. Ixodes ricinus and Its Endosymbiont Midichloria mitochondrii: A Comparative Proteomic Analysis of Salivary Glands and Ovaries. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 23;10(9):e0138842.
  • Onori R, Gaiarsa S, Comandatore F, Pongolini S, Brisse S, Colombo A, Cassani G, Marone P, Grossi P, Minoja G, Bandi C, Sassera D, Toniolo A. Tracking Nosocomial Klebsiella pneumoniae Infections and Outbreaks by Whole-Genome Analysis: Small-Scale Italian Scenario within a Single Hospital. J Clin Microbiol. 2015 Sep;53(9):2861-8.
  • Ninio C, Plantard O, Serra V, Pollera C, Ferrari N, Cafiso A, Sassera D, Bazzocchi C. Antibiotic treatment of the hard tick Ixodes ricinus: Influence on Midichloria mitochondrii load following blood meal. Ticks Tick Borne Dis. 2015 Jul;6(5):653-7.
  • Cafiso A, Sassera D, Serra V, Bandi C, McCarthy U, Bazzocchi C. Molecular evidence for a bacterium of the family Midichloriaceae (order Rickettsiales) in skin and organs of the rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum) affected by red mark syndrome. J Fish Dis. 2015 Mar 31.
  • Soggiu A, Piras C, Gaiarsa S, Bendixen E, Panitz F, Bendixen C, Sassera D, Brasca M, Bonizzi L, Roncada P. Draft Genome Sequence of Clostridium tyrobutyricum Strain DIVETGP, Isolated from Cow’s Milk for Grana Padano Production. Genome Announc. 2015 Mar 26;3(2). pii: e00213-15.
  • Gaiarsa S, De Marco L, Comandatore S, Marone P, Bandi C, Sassera D. Bacterial genomic epidemiology, from local outbreak characterization to species-history reconstruction. Pathogens and Global Health. 2015; 109.7: 319-327.

2014

  • Bazzocchi C, Mariconti M, Epis S, Sassera D, Rinaldi L, Cringoli G, Urbanelli S, Genchi C, Bandi C. (2013) Molecular and serological evidence for the circulation of the tick symbiont Midichloria (Rickettsiales: Midichloriaceae) in different mammalian species. Parasites & Vectors 6 (1), 350.
  • Degli Esposti M, Chouaia B, Comandatore F, Crotti E, Sassera D, Lievens PM, Daffonchio D, Bandi C. (2014) Evolution of Mitochondria Reconstructed from the Energy Metabolism of Living Bacteria. PLoS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096566
  • Pistone D, Bione A, Epis S, Pajoro M, Gaiarsa S, Bandi C, Sassera D* (corresponding author). (2014) Presence of Wolbachia in three hymenopteran species: Diprion pini, Neodiprion sertifer and Dahlbominus fuscipennis. Journal of Insect Science Jan 1;14:147.
  • Epis S, Porretta D, Mastrantonio V, Urbanelli S, Sassera D, De Marco L, Mereghetti V, Montagna M, Ricci I, Favia G, Bandi C. (2014) Temporal dynamics of the ABC transporter response to insecticide treatment: insights from the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi. Sci Rep. Dec 11;4:7435.
  • Monzillo V, Dalla Valle C, Corbella M, Percivalle E, Sassera D, Scevola D, Marone P. (2014) Antibacterial activity and cytotoxic effect of SIAB-GV3. New Microbiol. Oct;37(4):535-41.
  • 39: Sgambelluri RM, Epis S, Sassera D, Luo H, Angelos ER, Walton JD. (2014) Profiling of amatoxins and phallotoxins in the genus Lepiota by liquid chromatography combined with UV absorbance and mass spectrometry. Toxins (Basel). Aug 5;6(8):2336-47.
  • Epis S, Porretta D, Mastrantonio V, Comandatore F, Sassera D, Rossi P, Cafarchia C, Otranto D, Favia G, Genchi C, Bandi C, Urbanelli S. (2014) ABC transporters are involved in defense against permethrin insecticide in the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi. Parasit Vectors. Jul 29;7:349.
  • Brandolini M, Corbella M, Cambieri P, Barbarini D, Sassera D, Stronati M, Marone P. (2014) Late-onset neonatal group B streptococcal disease associated with breast milk transmission: molecular typing using RAPD-PCR. Early Hum Dev. Mar;90 Suppl 1:S84-6.

2013

  • Epis S, Mandrioli M, Genchi M, Montagna M, Sacchi L, Sassera D. (2013) Whole-mount FISH staining for the localization of the bacterial symbiont Midichloria mitochondrii in the hard tick Ixodes ricinus. Ticks and Tick borne disease – 4:39-45.
  • Comandatore F, Gaibani P, Ambretti S, Landini MP, Daffonchio D, Marone P, Sambri V, Bandi C, Sassera D.(2013). Draft Genome of Klebsiella pneumoniae Sequence Type 512, a Multidrug-Resistant Strain Isolated during a Recent KPC Outbreak in Italy. Genome Announcements. 1:e00035-12.
  • Comandatore F*, Sassera D*, Ambretti S, Landini MP, Daffonchio D, Marone P, Sambri V, Bandi C, Gaibani P. (2013). Draft Genome Sequences of Two Multidrug Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae ST258 Isolates Resistant to Colistin. Genome Announcements. 1:e00113-12
  • Brunetti E, Fabbi M, Ferraioli G,Prati P, Filice C, Sassera D, Della Valle C, Bandi C, Vicari N, Marone P. (2013) Cat-scratch disease in Northern Italy: atypical clinical manifestations in humans and prevalence of Bartonella infection in cats. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases 32:531-534.
  • Gaibani P, Mariconti M, Bua G, Bonora S, Sassera D, Landini MP, Mulatto P, Novati S, Bandi C, Sambri V. (2013) Development of a Broad-range 23S rDNA real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantification of pathogenic bacteria in human whole blood and plasma specimens. BioMed Research International – http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/264651
  • Montagna M, Sassera D, Epis S, Bazzocchi C, Vannini C, Lo N, Sacchi L, Fukatsu T, Petroni G, Bandi C (2013) Midichloria and like organisms form an ecologically widespread clade of intracellular alpha-proteobacteria. Applied Environ Microbiol – doi: 10.1128/AEM.03971-12s.
  • Porretta D, Mastrantonio V, Mona S, Epis S, Montagna M, Sassera D, Bandi C, Urbanelli S. (2013) The integration of multiple independent data reveals an unusual response to Pleistocene climatic changes in the hard tick Ixodes ricinus. Molecular Ecology. 22:1666-1682. 
  • Sassera D, Gaiarsa S, Scaltriti E, Morganti M, Bandi C, Casadei G, Pongolini S. (2013) Draft genome sequence of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Manhattan strain 111113, related to an outbreak of human infections in Northern Italy. Genome Announcements – 1:4 e00632-13.
  • Sassera D, Leardini I, Villa L, Comandatore F, Carta C, Almeida A, do Céu Sousa M, Gaiarsa S, Marone P, Pozio E, Cacciò SM. Draft Genome Sequence of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Strain EPM1, Found in Association with a Culture of the Human Parasite Giardia duodenalis. Genome Announc. 2013 Apr 18;1(2):e0018213. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00182-13.
  • Comandatore F, Sassera D, Montagna M, Kumar S, Koutsovoulos G, Thomas G, Repton C, Babayan SA, Gray N, Cordaux R, Darby A, Makepeace B Blaxter M. (2013) Phylogenomics and analysis of shared genes suggest a single transition to mutualism in Wolbachia of nematodes. Genome Biology and Evolution doi: 10.1093/gbe/evt125.
  • Sassera D, Comandatore F, Gaibani P, D’Auria G, Mariconti M, Landini MP, Sambri V, Marone P. (2013) Comparative genomics of closely related strains of Klebsiella pneumoniae reveals genes possibly involved in colistin resistance. Annals of Microbiology – doi: 10.1007/s13213-013-0727-5.
  • Sassera D, Epis S, Pajoro M, Bandi C. (2013) Microbial symbiosis in blood-feeding insects and the control of vector-borne pathogens. Pathogens and Global Health – 107 (6), 285-292.

2012

  • Galimberti A, Romano DF, Genchi M, Paoloni D, Vercillo F, Bizzarri L, Sassera D, Bandi C, Genchi C, Ragni B, Casiraghi M. (2012) Integrative taxonomy at work: DNA barcoding of taeniids harboured by wild and domestic cats. Molecular Ecology Resources. 12:403-413.
  • Pistone D, Marone P, Pajoro M, Fabbi M, Vicari N, Daffara S, Valle CD, Gabba S, Sassera D, Verri A, Montagna M, Epis S, Monti C, Strada EG, Grazioli V, Arrigoni N, Giacosa A, Bandi C. (2012) Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis in Italy: Commensal or emerging human pathogen? Digestive and Liver Diseases. 44:461-465.
  • Mariconti M, Epis S, Sacchi L, Biggiogera M, Sassera D, Genchi M, Alberti E, Montagna M, Bandi C, Bazzocchi C. (2012) On the presence of flagella in the Rickettsiales: the case of Midichloria mitochondrii. Microbiology. 158:1677-83.
  • Montagna M, Sassera D, Griggio F, Epis S, Bandi C, Gissi C. Tick-Box for 3’-end formation of mitochondrial transcripts in Ixodida, basal chelicerates and Drosophila. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47538.
  • Mariconti M, Epis S, Gaibani P, Sassera D, Sambri V, Bazzocchi C, Bandi C, (2012) Humans parasitized by the hard tick Ixodes ricinus are seropositive to Midichloria mitochondrii: is Midichloria a novel pathogen, or just a marker of tick bite? Pathogens and Global Health. 106:391-6.

Before 2012

  • Lo N, Beninati T, Sassera D, Bouman EA, Santagati S, Gern L, Sambri V, Masuzawa T, Gray JS, Jaenson TG, Bouattour A, Kenny MJ, Guner ES, Kharitonenkov IG, Bitam I, Bandi C. (2006) Widespread distribution and high prevalence of an alpha-proteobacterial symbiont in the tick Ixodes ricinus. Environmental Microbiology. 8:1280-1287.
  • Sassera D, Beninati T, Bandi C, Bouman EA, Sacchi L, Fabbi M, Lo N. (2006) ‘Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii’, an endosymbiont of the tick Ixodes ricinus with a unique intramitochondrial lifestyle. International Journal of Systematics and Evolutionary Microbiology. 56:2535-2540.
  • Beninati, T, Sassera D, Bandi C, Epis S, Sacchi L, Lo N. (2007) The mitochondrion-invading bacterium Midichloria mitochondrii International Journal of Medical Microbiology. 297:36.
  • Epis S*, Sassera D*, Beninati T, Lo N, Beati L, Piesman J, Rinaldi L McCoy KD, Torina A, Sacchi L, Clementi E, Genchi M, Magnino S, Bandi C. (2008) Midichlorian bacteria are widespread in hard ticks (Ixodidae) and reside in the mitochondria of phylogenetically diverse species. Parasitology 135:485-494.
  • Sassera D, Lo N, Bouman E AP, Epis S, Mortarino M, Bandi C. (2008) Midichloria endosymbionts bloom after blood meal of the host, the hard tick Ixodes ricinus. Applied and environmental microbiololgy. 74:6138-6140.
  • Manarolla G, Liandris E, Pisoni G, Sassera D, Grilli G, Gallazzi D, Sironi G, Moroni P, Piccinini R, Rampin T. (2009) Avian mycobacteriosis in companion birds: 20-year survey. Veterinary Microbiology. 133:323-327.
  • Pecorini C, Sassera D, Rebucci R, Saccone F, Bandi C, Baldi A. (2010) Evaluation of the protective effect of bovine lactoferrin against lipopolysaccharides in a bovine mammary epithelial cell line. Veterinary Research Communications. 34:267-276.
  • Epis S, Matinato C, Gentili G, Varotto F, Bandi C, Sassera D. (2010). Molecular detection of poisonous mushrooms in different matrices. Mycologia, 102:747-754.
  • Pistone D, Pajoro M, Fabbi M, Vicari N, Marone P, Genchi C, Novati S, Sassera D, Epis S, Bandi C. (2010) Lyme borreliosis, Po River Valley, Italy. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 16:1289-1291.
  • Sacchi L, Genchi M, Clementi E, Negri I, Alma A, Ohler S, Sassera D, Bourtzis K, Bandi C. (2010) Bacteriocyte-like cells harbour Wolbachia in the ovary of Drosophila melanogaster (Insecta, Diptera) and Zyginidia pullula (Insecta, Hemiptera). Tissue and Cell. 42 :328-333.
  • Epis S, Luciano AM, Franciosi F, Bazzocchi C, Crotti E, Pistone D, Bandi C, Sassera D. (2010) A novel method for the isolation of DNA from intracellular bacteria, suitable for genomic studies. Annals of Microbiology. 60:455-460.
  • Sassera D, Lo N, Epis S, D’Auria G, Montagna M, Comandatore F, Horner D, Peretó J, Luciano AM, Franciosi F, Ferri E, Crotti E, Bazzocchi C, Daffonchio D, Sacchi L, Moya A, Latorre A, Bandi C. (2011) Phylogenomic evidence for the presence of a flagellum and cbb(3) oxidase in the free-living mitochondrial ancestor. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 28:3285-3296.
  • Grandi G, Molinari G, Tittarelli M, Sassera D, Kramer LH. (2011) Prevalence of Theileria equi and Babesia caballi Infection in Horses from Northern Italy. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 11:955-656
  • Luzzago C, Ebranati E, Sassera D, Lo Presti A, Lauzi S, Gabanelli E, Ciccozzi M, Zehender G. (2011) Spatial and temporal reconstruction of bovine viral diarrhea virus genotype 1 dispersion in Italy. Infecttions Genetics and Evolution. 12:324-331.
  • Genchi C, Kramer LH, Sassera D, Bandi C. (2011) Wolbachia and its implications for the immunopathology of filariasis. Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders-Drug Targets. 12:53-56.