• De Agostini A, Caltagirone C, Caredda A, Cicatelli A, Cogoni A, Farci D, Guarino F, Garau A, Labra M, Lussu M, Piano D, Sanna C, Tommasi N, Vacca A, Cortis P.  Heavy metal tolerance of orchid populations growing on abandoned mine tailings: a casa study in Sardinia island (Italy). Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2020. 189:110018.


  • Piano D, Cocco E, Guadalupi G, Kalaji HM, Kirkpatrick J, Farci D.  Characterisation under quasi-native conditions of the capsanthin/capsorubin synthase from Capsicum annum L. Plant Physiol Biochem. 2019. 143:165-175.
  • Farci D, Sanna C, Medda R, Pintus F, Kalaji HM, Kirkpatrick J, Piano D. Shedding light on the presymbiontic phase of C. arietinum. Plant Physiol Biochem. 2019.143:224-231.
  • Farci D, Guadalupi G, Bierła K, Lobinski R, Piano D. The role of iron and copper on the Oligomerization dynamics of DR_2577, the main S-layer protein of Deinococcus radiodurans. Front Microbiol. 2019. 10:1450. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01450.
  • Sanna C, Rigano D, Corona A, Piano D, Formisano C, Farci D, Franzini G, Ballero M, Chianese G, Tramontano E, Taglialatela-Scafati O, Esposito F. Dual HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and integrase inhibitors from Limonium morisianum Arrigoni, an endemic species of Sardinia (Italy). Nat Prod Res. 2019. 4:1-6.


  • Farci D, Farci SF, Esposito F, Tramontano E, Kirkpatrick J, Piano D. On the S-layer of Thermus thermophilus and the assembling of its main protein SlpA. Biochim. Biophys. Acta – Biomembranes. 2018.  1860: 1554-1562. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2018.05.010.
  • Farci D, Slavov C, Piano D. Coexisting properties of thermostability and ultraviolet radiation resistance in the main S-layer complex of Deinococcus radiodurans. Photochem Photobiol Sci. 2018. 17:81-88. doi: 10.1039/c7pp00240h.


  • Farci D, Kirkpatrick J, Piano D. A new procedure for a fast soft staining of BN-PAGEs on photosynthetic complexes. Electrophoresis, 2017. 38:441-6. doi: 10.1002/elps.201600389.
  • Farci D, Esposito E, El Alaoui E, Piano DS-layer proteins as a source of carotenoids: isolation of the protein cofactor deinoxanthin from its S-layer protein DR_2577. Food Res Intern, 2017. 99: 868-876. doi: 10.1016/j.foodres.2016.10.003.
  • Collu G, Farci D, Esposito F, Pintus F, Kirkpatrick J, Piano D. New insights into the operative network of FaEO, an enone oxidoreductase from Fragaria x ananassa Duch. Plant Mol Biol, 2017. 94: 125-136. doi:10.1007/s11103-017-0597-5.
  • Esposito F, Madrone M, Del Vecchio C, Carli I, Distinto S, Corona A, Lianza M, Piano D, Tacchini M, Maccioni E, Cottiglia F, Saccon E, Poli F, Parolin C, Tramontano E. Multi-target activity of Hemidesmus indicus decotion against innovative HIV-1 drug targets and characterization of Lupeol mode of action. Pathog Dis, 2017. 75. doi: 10.1093/femspd/ftx065.


  • Esposito F, Carli I, Del Vecchio C, Xu L, Corona A, Grandi N, Piano D, Maccioni E, Distinto S, Parolin C, Tramontano E. Sennoside A, derived from the traditional chinese medicine plant Rheum L., is a new dual HIV-1 inhibitor effective on HIV-1 replication.Phytomedicine, 2016. 23: 1383-1391.
  • Farci D, Collu G, Kirkpatrick J, Esposito F, Piano D. RhVI1 is a membrane-anchored vacuolar invertase highly expressed in Rosa hybrida L. petals. J Exp Bot. 2016. 67:3303-12. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw148.
  • Farci D, Slavov C, Tramontano E, Piano D. The S-layer protein DR_2577 binds the carotenoid deinoxanthin and under desiccation conditions protect against UV-radiation in Deinococcus radiodurans. Frontiers in Microbiology, section of Extreme Microbiology, research topic Photobiology of Extremophiles, Front Microbiol. 2016. 7:155. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00155.


  • Haniewicz P, Floris D, Farci D, Kirkpatrick J, Loi MC, Büchel C, Bochtler M, Piano D. Isolation of plant Photosystem II complexes by fractional solubilisation. Frontiers in Plant Sciences, Plant Cell Biology journal, research topic Assembly of the Photosystem II Membrane-Protein Complex of Oxygenic Photosynthesis, Front Plant Sci. 2015. 6:1100. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.01100.
  • Farci D, Bowler MW, Esposito F, McSweeney S, Tramontano E, Piano D. Purification and characterization of DR_2577 (SlpA) a major S-layer protein from Deinococcus radiodurans. Front in Microbiol, 2015. 6:414. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2015.00414.
  • Xu L, Grandi N, Del Vecchio C, Mandas D, Corona A, Piano D, Esposito F, Parolin C, Tramontano E. From the traditional Chinese medicine plant Schisandra chinensis new scaffolds effective on HIV-1 reverse transcriptase resistant to non-nucleoside inhibitors. J. Microbiol 2015. 53(4):288-293.


  • Farci D, Bowler MW, Kirkpatrick J, McSweeney S, Tramontano E, Piano D. New features of the cell wall of the radio-resistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans. Biochim. Biophys. Acta – Biomembranes. 2014. 1838: 1978-84. doi:10.1016/j.bbamem.2014.02.014.


  • Haniewicz P, De Sanctis D, Büchel C, Schröder WP, Loi MC, Kieselbach T, Bochtler M, Piano D. Isolation of monomeric photosystem II that retains the subunit PsbS. Photosynth Res 2013. 118(3): 199-207.


  • Pellegrini E, Piano D, Bowler MW. Direct cryocooling of naked crystals: are cryoprotection agents always necessary? Acta Cryst. 2011. D67, 902–906.


  • Piano D, El Alaoui S, Korza HJ, Filipek R, Sabala I, Haniewicz P, Büchel C, De Sanctis D, Bochtler M. Crystallization of the Photosystem II core complex and its chlorophyll binding subunit CP43 from a transplastomic strain of Nicotiana tabacum. Photosynth. Res. 2010. 106 (3):221-6.


  • Zinzula L, Esposito F, Muhlberger E, Trunschke M, Conrad D, Piano D, Tramontano E. Functional Characterisation of the full lenght Ebola Virus VP35 protein expressed in E. coli. Protein Expr. and Purif. 2009. 66 (1):113-9.


  • Fey H, Piano D, Horn R, Fischer D, Schmidt M, Ruf S, Schröder WP, Bock P, Büchel C. Isolation of highly active photosystem II core complexes with a His-tagged Cyt b559 subunit from transplastomic tobacco plants. Biochim. Biophys. Acta – Bioenergetics 2008. 1777(12):1501-9.
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