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Carolina Escobar


Ph.D. in Biology, the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, John Innes Institute, Norwich, UK, 1999

Current position

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Sobrino-Plata, J., Herrero, J., Carrasco-Gil, S., Pérez-Sanz, A., Lobo, C., Escobar, C., Millán, R. and Hernández, L. E. (2013). Specific stress responses to cadmium, arsenic and mercury appear in the metallophyte Silene vulgaris when grown hydroponically. RSC Advances 3: 4736-4744.
  2. Portillo, M., Cabrera, J., Lindsey, K., Topping, J., Andres, M. F., Emiliozzi, M., Oliveros, J. C., Garcia-Casado, G., Solano, R., Koltai, H., Resnick, N., Fenoll, C. and Escobar, C. (2013). Distinct and conserved transcriptomic changes during nematode-induced giant cell development in tomato compared with Arabidopsis: a functional role for gene repression. New Phytol 197(4): 1276-1290.
  3. de Almeida Engler, J., Kyndt, T., Vieira, P., Van Cappelle, E., Boudolf, V., Sanchez, V., Escobar, C., De Veylder, L., Engler, G., Abad, P. and Gheysen, G. (2012). CCS52 and DEL1 genes are key components of the endocycle in nematode-induced feeding sites. Plant J 72(2): 185-198.
  4. Barcala, M., Fenoll, C. and Escobar, C. (2012). Laser microdissection of cells and isolation of high-quality RNA after cryosectioning. Methods Mol Biol 883: 87-95.
  5. Ortega-Villasante C, Sobrino-Plata J, Carpena-Ruiz RO, Verbruggen N, Escobar C, Hernández LE. (2011). Oxidative stress induced by cadmium in transgenic Nicotiana tabacum over-expressing a plastidial Mn-superoxidedismutase. In: Jiménez A, García-Viguera C (eds) AntioxidantProperties of Crops III. Functional Plant Science and Biotechnology 5(SI2): 62-67.
  6. Barcala, M., Garcia, A., Cabrera, J., Casson, S., Lindsey, K., Favery, B., Garcia-Casado, G., Solano, R., Fenoll, C. and Escobar, C. (2010). Early transcriptomic events in microdissected Arabidopsis nematode-induced giant cells. Plant J 61(4): 698-712.
  7. Escobar, C., Garcia, A., Aristizabal, F., Portillo, M., Herreros, E., Munoz-Martin, M. A., Grundler, F., Mullineaux, P. M. and Fenoll, C. (2010). Activation of geminivirus V-sense promoters in roots is restricted to nematode feeding sites. Mol Plant Pathol 11(3): 409-417.
  8. Sobrino-Plata, J., Ortega-Villasante, C., Flores-Caceres, M. L., Escobar, C., Del Campo, F. F. and Hernandez, L. E. (2009). Differential alterations of antioxidant defenses as bioindicators of mercury and cadmium toxicity in alfalfa. Chemosphere 77(7): 946-954.
  9. Barcala, M., Garcia, A., Cubas, P., Almoguera, C., Jordano, J., Fenoll, C. and Escobar, C. (2008). Distinct heat-shock element arrangements that mediate the heat shock, but not the late-embryogenesis induction of small heat-shock proteins, correlate with promoter activation in root-knot nematode feeding cells. Plant Mol Biol 66(1-2): 151-164.
  10. Portillo, M., Fenoll, C. and Escobar, C. (2006). Evaluation of different RNA extraction methods for small quantities of plant tissue: Combined effects of reagent type and homogenization procedure on RNA quality‐integrity and yield. Physiologia Plantarum 128(1): 1-7.
  11. Hernández, J., Escobar, C., Creissen, G. and Mullineaux, P. (2006). Antioxidant enzyme induction in pea plants under high irradiance. Biologia plantarum 50(3): 395-399.

Peer-reviewed Books and Chapters

  1. Escobar, C., Sigal, B, Mitchum, M. (2011). Transcriptomic and Proteomic Analysis of the Plant Response to Nematode Infection In: Jones, Fenoll & Gheysen (Eds.) Genomics and Molecular Genetics of Plant-Nematode Interactions. Springer, pp. 157-171.ISBN 978-94-007-0433-6.
  2. Hernández, L.E., Ortega-Villasante, C., Montero-Palmero, M.B., Escobar, C., Carpena-Ruiz, R.O. (2011). Heavy metal perception in a microescale environment: A model system using high doses of pollutants. En: Metal Toxicity in Plants: Perception, Signaling and Remediation. Gupta DK, Sandalio LM (eds.) Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp: 23-39.
  3. Flores-Cáceres ML, Montero-Palmero MB, del Campo FF, Escobar C, HERNáNDEZ LE. (2010). Antioxidant responses are early components of mercury and cadmium homeostasis in alfalfa seedlings. En: Aspectos fisiológicos, Agronómicos y Ambientales en la Nutrición Mineral de las Plantas. Estavillo-Aurre JM (ed.). Michelena Artes Gráficas, San Sebastián, pp: 243-249.

Edition of a phytopathology book

  1. Editors: Pallas, V., Escobar, C., Palenzuela, P., Marcos, J, F. (2008). Herramientas Biotecnológicas en fitopatología. Mundi Prensa, SEF, pág 1-.464. ISBN: 978-84-8476-319-2.
  2. Barcala, M; García, A, Fenoll, C y Escobar, C. (2008). Interacción planta-nematodo. análisis de promotores mediante el uso de genes delatores. Mundi Prensa, SEF, pág 293-315. ISBN: 978-84-8476-319-2.
  3. Escobar, C y Fenoll, C. (2008). Cambios en la expresión génica como resultado de la interacción planta-nematodo: métodos de estudio. Mundi Prensa, SEF, pág 1-56. ISBN: 978-84-8476-319-2.
Protocols by Carolina Escobar
  1. RNA Isolation From Meloidogyne Spp. Galls