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Alberto Carbonell


Ph.D. in Plant Virology, Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMCP) ‘Eduardo Primo Yúfera’, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Current position

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO, USA (2011-present)


*Corresponding author
**These authors contributed equally to this work

  1. Gilbert, K. B., Fahlgren, N., Kasschau, K. D., Chapman, E. J., Carrington, J. C. and Carbonell, A.* (2014). Preparation of Multiplexed Small RNA Libraries From Plants. Bio-protocol 4(21): e1275.
  2. Minoia, S., Carbonell, A., Di Serio, F., Gisel, A., Carrington, J. C., Navarro, B.* and Flores, R.* (2014). Specific Argonautes Selectively Bind Small RNAs Derived from Potato Spindle Tuber Viroid and Attenuate Viroid Accumulation In Vivo. J Virol 88(20): 11933-11945.
  3. Carbonell, A., Takeda, A., Fahlgren, N., Johnson, S. C., Cuperus, J. T. and Carrington, J. C. (2014). New generation of artificial MicroRNA and synthetic trans-acting small interfering RNA vectors for efficient gene silencing in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 165(1): 15-29.
  4. Carbonell, A.**, Maliogka, V. I.*, Perez Jde, J., Salvador, B., Leon, D. S., Garcia, J. A.* and Simon-Mateo, C.* (2013). Diverse amino acid changes at specific positions in the N-terminal region of the coat protein allow Plum pox virus to adapt to new hosts. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 26(10): 1211-1224.
  5. Carbonell, A., Fahlgren, N., Garcia-Ruiz, H., Gilbert, K. B., Montgomery, T. A., Nguyen, T., Cuperus, J. T. and Carrington, J. C.* (2012). Functional analysis of three Arabidopsis ARGONAUTES using slicer-defective mutants. Plant Cell 24(9): 3613-3629.
  6. Maliogka, V. I.**, Salvador, B.**, Carbonell, A., Saenz, P., Leon, D. S., Oliveros, J. C., Delgadillo, M. O., Garcia, J. A.* and Simon-Mateo, C.* (2012). Virus variants with differences in the P1 protein coexist in a Plum pox virus population and display particular host-dependent pathogenicity features. Mol Plant Pathol 13(8): 877-886.
  7. Maliogka, V. I., Calvo, M., Carbonell, A., Garcia, J. A.* and Valli, A.* (2012). Heterologous RNA-silencing suppressors from both plant- and animal-infecting viruses support plum pox virus infection. J Gen Virol 93(Pt 7): 1601-1611.
  8. Carbonell, A., Dujovny, G., Garcia, J. A.* and Valli, A.* (2012). The Cucumber vein yellowing virus silencing suppressor P1b can functionally replace HCPro in Plum pox virus infection in a host-specific manner. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 25(2): 151-164.
  9. Carbonell, A., Flores, R.* and Gago, S.* (2012). Hammerhead ribozymes against virus and viroid RNAs. In: Volker, A. E. and Barciszewski, J. (eds). From Nucleic Acids Sequences to Molecular Medicine. RNA technologies series, Springer pp 411-427.
  10. Carbonell, A., Flores, R. and Gago, S.* (2011). Trans-cleaving hammerhead ribozymes with tertiary stabilizing motifs: in vitro and in vivo activity against a structured viroid RNA. Nucleic Acids Res 39(6): 2432-2444.
  11. Cuperus, J. T.**, Carbonell, A.**, Fahlgren, N., Garcia-Ruiz, H., Burke, R. T., Takeda, A., Sullivan, C. M., Gilbert, S. D., Montgomery, T. A. and Carrington, J. C.* (2010). Unique functionality of 22-nt miRNAs in triggering RDR6-dependent siRNA biogenesis from target transcripts in Arabidopsis. Nat Struct Mol Biol 17(8): 997-1003.
  12. Flores, R.*, Gas, M. E., Molina-Serrano, D., Nohales, M. A., Carbonell, A., Gago, S., De la Pena, M. and Daros, J. A. (2009). Viroid replication: rolling-circles, enzymes and ribozymes. Viruses 1(2): 317-334.
  13. Carbonell, A., Martinez de Alba, A. E., Flores, R.* and Gago, S. (2008). Double-stranded RNA interferes in a sequence-specific manner with the infection of representative members of the two viroid families. Virology 371(1): 44-53.
  14. Flores, R.*, Carbonell, A., Gago, S., Martínez de Alba, A.E., Delgado, S, Rodio, M.E. and Di Serio, F. (2008). Viroid-host interactions: a molecular dialogue between two uneven partners. In: Lorito, M. Woo, S. L. and Scala, F. (eds). Biology of Plant Microbe Interactions. International Society for Molecular Plant, Microbe Interactions, vol. 6, ch. 58, pp. 1-9.
  15. Flores, R., Carbonell, A., De la Peña, M., and Gago, S. (2007). RNAs autocatalíticos: ribozimas de cabeza de martillo. In: Pallas, V., Palenzuela, R. P. Escobar, C. and Marcos, J. F. (eds). Herramientas Biotecnológicas en Fitopatología. Mundi-Prensa, ch. 22, pp. 407-420.
  16. Carbonell, A., De la Pena, M., Flores, R.* and Gago, S. (2006). Effects of the trinucleotide preceding the self-cleavage site on eggplant latent viroid hammerheads: differences in co- and post-transcriptional self-cleavage may explain the lack of trinucleotide AUC in most natural hammerheads. Nucleic Acids Res 34(19): 5613-5622.
  17. Flores, R.*, Delgado, S., Gas, M. E., Carbonell, A., Molina, D., Gago, S. and De la Pena, M. (2004). Viroids: the minimal non-coding RNAs with autonomous replication. FEBS Lett 567(1): 42-48.
Protocols by Alberto Carbonell
  1. Preparation of Multiplexed Small RNA Libraries From Plants