Dr. Amit Levy

Dr. Amit Levy

General Interest

My general area of interest is the biology of pathogen-host interactions. One of the lab's research focuses is the biology and molecular characteristics of Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) infection, and identification of the molecular and cellular events which underlie the virus' ability to infect and spread within a plant. An additional focus of investigation is the citrus greening causal agent, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. Both CTV and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus are insect-transmitted phloem restricted pathogens, and we are interested in uncovering the mechanisms of their systemic movement in plants and their transmission by insects. Revealing various step in their cycles of infection would enable the development of novel disease controls.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Sciences (2008), Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Master of Arts in Plant Sciences (2003), Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Bachelor of Arts in Life Sciences (2000), Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Publications

Amit Levy (2015). Turnip vein clearing virus movement protein nuclear activity: do Tobamovirus movement proteins play a role in immune response suppression? Plant Signaling and Behavior 10 (10), e1066951

Amit Levy, Judy Zheng, Sondra G. Lazarowitz (2015). Synaptotagmin SYTA forms ER-plasma membrane junctions that are recruited to plasmodesmata for plant virus movement. Current Biology 25 (15), 2018–2025*.
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* Recommended by faculty of 1000

Asako Uchiyama*, Harumi Shimada-Beltran*, Amit Levy*, Judy Zheng, Parth Javia, Sondra G. Lazarowitz (2014). Arabidopsis SYTA regulates the trafficking and cell-to-cell movement of diverse plant viruses. Frontiers in Plant Science 5**.
*Equal contribution
** Recommended by faculty of 1000

Raul Zavaliev, Amit Levy, Abed Gera, Bernard L. Epel (2013). Subcellular dynamics and role of Arabidopsis β-1,3-glucanases in cell-to-cell movement of Tobamoviruses. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 26 (9), 1016-1030.

Amit Levy, Judy Zheng, Sondra G. Lazarowitz (2013). The Tobamovirus Turnip vein clearing virus 30k movement protein localizes to novel nuclear filaments to enhance virus infection. Journal of Virology 87 (11), 6428-6440*.
*Recommended by faculty of 1000
*Selected for spotlight section of the journal

Dana Guenoune-Gelbart, Michael Elbaum, Guy Sagi, Amit Levy, Bernard L. Epel (2008). Tobacco mosaic virus replicase and movement protein function synergistically in facilitating TMV spread by lateral diffusion in the plasmodesmal desmotubule of Nicotiana benthamiana. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions 21 (3), 335-45*.
*Recommended by faculty of 1000

Amit Levy, Dana Guenoune-Gelbart, Bernard L. Epel (2007). β-1,3-glucanases: plasmodesmal gatekeepers for intercellular communication. Plant Signaling & Behavior 2 (5), 404-406.

Amit Levy, Michael Erlanger, Michal Rosenthal, Bernard L. Epel (2007).
A plasmodesmata-associated β-1,3-glucanase in Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal 49 (4), 669–682*.
*Recommended by faculty of 1000