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enrico pictureResearcher
Biology and Evolution of Marine Organisms Department

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
Villa Comunale
80121 Naples - Italy

Tel.: +39 081 5833238
Fax: +39 081 7641355
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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

My main research focus is on understanding the mechanisms underlying the transition from a zygote into a complex, multicellular adult organism based on an array of shared and specific cellular processes.
My current research goal is to understand developmental decisions due to specific gene expression alterations regulated by heritable, covalent modifications to DNA and histones. These mechanisms mediating alterations in gene expression without altering the DNA sequences are known as epigenetic modifications. Alterations of these epigenetic mechanisms are generally incompatible with normal development since they can trigger modifications in cellular identity inducing transformation or disease. In this context, I want to elucidate the role of DNA methylation and histone modifications during Octopus vulgaris development and to study environmental epigenetics investigating potential alterations in the mollusc Mytilus galloprovincialis after experimental exposure to emerging contaminants.

Selected Publications 

Guida F, Luongo L, Boccella S, Giordano ME, Romano R, Bellini G, Manzo I, Furiano A, Rizzo A., Imperatore R, Iannotti F.A., D’ Aniello E., Piscitelli F, Rossi F.sca, Cristino L, Di Marzo V, de Novellis V, and Maione S (2017) Palmitoylethanolamide induces microglia changes associated with increased migration and phagocytic activity: involvement of the CB2 receptor. Sci Rep 7: 375.

D'Aniello E, Ravisankar P and Waxman JS (2015) Rdh10a Provides a Conserved Critical Step in the Synthesis of Retinoic Acid during Zebrafish Embryogenesis. PLoS One 10: e0138588.

Rydeen A, Voisin N, D'Aniello E, Ravisankar P, Devignes CS, and Waxman JS (2015) Excessive feedback of Cyp26a1 promotes cell non-autonomous loss of retinoic acid signaling. Dev Biol 405: 47-55.

D'Aniello E and Waxman JS (2015) Input overload: Contributions of retinoic acid signaling feedback mechanisms to heart development and teratogenesis. Dev Dyn 244: 513-523.

D'Aniello E, Rydeen AB, Anderson JL, Mandal A and Waxman JS (2013) Depletion of retinoic acid receptors initiates a novel positive feedback mechanism that promotes teratogenic increases in retinoic acid. PLoS Genet 9: e1003689.

Sorrell MR, Dohn TE, D'Aniello E and Waxman JS (2013) Tcf7l1 proteins cell autonomously restrict cardiomyocyte and promote endothelial specification in zebrafish. Dev Biol 380: 199-210.

Natale A, Sims C, Chiusano ML, Amoroso A, D'Aniello E, Fucci L, Krumlauf R, Branno M and Locascio A (2011) Evolution of anterior Hox regulatory elements among chordates. BMC Evol Biol 11: 330.

D'Aniello E, Pezzotti MR, Locascio A and Branno M (2011) Onecut is a direct neural-specific transcriptional activator of Rx in Ciona intestinalis. Dev Biol 355: 358-371.

Donizetti A, Grossi M, Pariante P, D'Aniello E, Izzo G, Minucci S and Aniello F (2008) Two neuron clusters in the stem of postembryonic zebrafish brain specifically express relaxin-3 gene: first evidence of nucleus incertus in fish. Dev Dyn 237: 3864-3869.

Sordino P, Andreakis N, Brown ER, Leccia NI, Squarzoni P, Tarallo R, Alfano C, Caputi L, D'Ambrosio P, Daniele P, D'Aniello E, D'Aniello S, Maiella S, Miraglia V, Russo MT, Sorrenti G, Branno M, Cariello L, Cirino P, Locascio A, Spagnuolo A, Zanetti L and Ristoratore F (2008) Natural variation of model mutant phenotypes in Ciona intestinalis. PLoS One 3: e2344.

D'Aniello S, D'Aniello E, Locascio A, Memoli A, Corrado M, Russo MT, Aniello F, Fucci L, Brown ER and Branno M (2006) The ascidian homolog of the vertebrate homeobox gene Rx is essential for ocellus development and function. Differentiation 74: 222-234.

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