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Lettini Antonia Anna

Anna Antonia Lettini | Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie Role Biologist
Department SCS1 – Risk analysis and public health surveillance
Phone +39 049 8084165
E-mail alettini@zsvenezie.it

Professional profile

Antonia Anna Lettini works at SCS1, Risk Analysis and Surveillance Systems in Public Health – Biofood Laboratory. She graduated in Biological Sciences from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) and was awarded her postgraduate diploma in Biotechnological Applications at the University of Bari (Italy). She worked for some years in the framework of research projects in the biomedical sector, specifically in molecular oncology, focusing on molecular biology techniques.

Her research activities are focused on: development of typing and sub-typing methods to characterize bacterial strains, firstly on Salmonella spp. strains within the OIE and national reference laboratory for Salmonellosis. Furtherly, she is encharged on research projects aiming to identify and characterize by molecular methods foodborne pathogens as Listeria monocytogenes, B. cereus, Yersinia enterocolitica, enteric viruses.

In the framework of activities of Biofood laboratory she is in charge of the management of official controls based on molecular methods: identification of E. coli shiga toxin-producing (STEC); Vibrio cholerae, parahaemolyticus e vulnificus, Norovirus and Hepatitis A virus on food matrices. She coordinates the activities concerning official controls aimed to identify GMOs on food and feed as well as to identify animal species by molecular methods on food matrices. Moreover, she supervises the activities related to assess and develop molecular methods on food safety field for Biofood laboratories network of IZSVe.

Publications

  • Fagbamila I.O., Barco L., Mancin M., Kwaga J., Ngulukun S.S., Zavagnin P., Lettini A.A., Lorenzetto M., Abdu P.A., Kabir J., Umoh J., Ricci A., Muhammad M. (2017) Salmonella serovars and their distribution in Nigerian commercial chicken layer farms. PLoS One 12(3):e0173097.
  • Petrovska L, Mather AE, AbuOun M, Branchu P, Harris SR, Connor T, Hopkins KL, Underwood A, Lettini AA, Page A, Bagnall M, Wain J, Parkhill J, Dougan G, Davies R, Kingsley RA. Microevolution of Monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium during Epidemic, United Kingdom, 2005-2010. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Apr;22(4):617-24.
  • Lettini AA, Vo Than T, Marafin E, Longo A, Antonello K, Zavagnin P, Barco L,Mancin M, Cibin V, Morini M, Dang Thi Sao M, Nguyen Thi T, Pham Trung H, Le L,Nguyen Duc T, Ricci A. Distribution of Salmonella Serovars and Antimicrobial Susceptibility from Poultry and Swine Farms in Central Vietnam. Zoonoses Public Health. 2016 Nov;63(7):569-576.
  • Barco L, Barrucci F, Cortini E, Ramon E, Olsen JE, Luzzi I, Lettini AA, Ricci A. Ascertaining the relationship between Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella 4,[5],12:i:- by MLVA and inferring the sources of human salmonellosis due to the two serovars in Italy. Front Microbiol. 2015 Apr 27;6:301. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00301.
  • A.A. Lettini, C. Saccardin, E. Ramon, A. Longo, E. Cortini, M.C. Dalla Pozza, L. Barco, B. Guerra, I. Luzzi, A. Ricci. Characterization of an unusual Salmonella phage type DT7a and report of a foodborne outbreak of salmonellosis. Int J Food Microbiol. 2014, 189, 11-17.
  • Delibato E, Rodriguez Lazaro D, Gianfranceschi M, De Cesare A, Comin D, Gattuso A, Hernandez M, Sonnessa M, Pasquali F, Sreter-Lancz Z, Saiz-Abajo MJ,Pérez-De-Juan J, Butrón J, Prukner-Radovcic E, Horvatek Tomic D, Johannessen GS, Jakočiūnė D, Olsen JE, Chemaly M, Le Gall F, González-García P, Lettini AA, Lukac M, Quesne S, Zampieron C, De Santis P, Lovari S, Bertasi B, Pavoni E, Proroga YT, Capuano F, Manfreda G, De Medici D. European validation of Real-Time PCR method for detection of Salmonella spp. in pork meat. Int J Food Microbiol. 2014 Jan 20. pii: S0168-1605(14)00033-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2014.01.005.
  • Barco L., Longo A., Lettini AA, Cortini E., Saccardin C., Minorello C., Olsen JE, Ricci A. Molecular characterization of “inconsistent” variants of S. Typhimurium isolated 1 in Italy. Foodborne Pathog Dis 2014 Jun;11(6):497-9.
  • L. Barco, E. Ramon, E. Cortini, A. Longo, M.C. Dalla Pozza, A.A. Lettini, A.M. Dionisi, J.E. Olsen, A. Ricci. Molecular characterization of Salmonella enterica serovar 4,[5],12:i:- DT193 ASSuT strains from two outbreaks in Italy. Foodborne Pathog Dis 2014 Feb;11(2):138-44. doi: 10.1089/fpd.2013.1626.
  • A.A. Lettini, L. Barco, M. Mancin, E. Ramon, A. Longo, M.C. Dalla Pozza, M. Ruffa, R. Lucchini, A. Ricci. A Pilot Study for Identification of Salmonella in Food Processing Plants by Real-Time PCR Screening. Food Analytical Methods Food Anal. Methods 2012, 5:988–994.
  • Barco L, Lettini AA, Ramon E, Longo A, Saccardin C, Pozza MC, Ricci A. A Rapid and Sensitive Method to Identify and Differentiate Salmonella enterica Serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella enterica Serotype 4,[5],12:i:- by Combining Traditional Serotyping and Multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2011 Jan 19.

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