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Celis-Plá* PSM, Moenne* F, Rodríguez-Rojas F, Pardo D, Lavergne C, Moenne A, Brown MT, Huovinen P, Gómez I, Navarro N, Sáez CA. (2020) Antarctic intertidal macroalgae under predicted increased temperatures mediated by global climate change: Would they cope? Science of the Total Environment 740: 140379. https://doi.org/1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140379 ISSN: 0048-9697Wos Impact factor 6,551

Muñoz PT, Rodríguez-Rojas F, Celis-Plá PSM, Méndez L, Pinto D, Pardo D, Moenne F, Sánchez-Lizaso JL, Sáez CA. (2020). Physiological and metabolic responses to hypersalinity reveal interpopulation tolerance in the green macroalga Ulva compressa with different pollution histories. Aquatic Toxicology 225: 105552. https://org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2020.105552 ISSN: 0166-445X Wos Impact factor 4,344

Laporte D, Rodríguez F, González A, Zúñiga A, Castro-Nallar E, Sáez CA, Moenne A (2020) Copper-induced concomitant increases in photosynthesis, respiration, and C, N and S assimilation revealed by transcriptomic analyses in Ulva compressa (Chlorophyta). BMC Plant Biology 20:25 (WoS IF 3.7).

Jofré J, Celis‐Plá PSM, Figueroa FL, Navarro NP (2020) Seasonal Variation of Mycosporine‐Like Amino Acids in Three Subantarctic Red Seaweeds. Mar. Drugs 18, 75. https://doi.org/3390/md18020075ISSN: 1660-3397. Wos Impact factor 3,772

Rodríguez-Rojas*, López-Marras* A, Celis-Plá PSM, Muñoz P, Garcia-Bartolomei E, Valenzuela F, Orrego R, Carratala A, Sanchez-Lizaso JL, Saez CA. (2020) Ecophysiological and cellular stress responses in the cosmopolitan brown macroalga Ectocarpusas biomonitoring tools for assessing desalination brine impacts. Desalination 489, 114527 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2020.114527 ISSN: 1476-914X Wos Impact factor 7,098.


Celis-Plá* PSM, Rodríguez-Rojas* F, Méndez L, Moenne F, Muñoz PT, Lobos MG, Díaz P, Sánchez-Lizaso JL, Brown MT, Moenne A, Sáez CA. (2019) MAPK Pathway under Chronic Copper Excess in Green Macroalgae (Chlorophyta): Influence on MetalExclusion/Extrusion Mechanisms and Photosynthesis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 20, 4547. https://doi.org/3390/ijms20184547 ISSN: 1422-0067. Wos Impact factor 4,556.

Rodríguez-Rojas* F, Celis-Plá* PSM, Méndez L, Moenne F, Muñoz PT, Lobos MG, Díaz P, Sánchez-Lizaso JS, Brown MT, Moenne A, Sáez CA (2019) MAPK Pathway under Chronic Copper Excess in Green Macroalgae (Chlorophyta): Involvement in the Regulation of Detoxification Mechanisms. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 20, 4546. https://doi.org/3390/ijms20184546 ISSN: 1422-0067. Wos Impact factor 4,556.

Figueroa FL, Celis-Plá PSM, Martínez B, Korbee N, Trilla A, Arenas F. (2019) Yield losses and electron transport rate as indicators of thermal stress in Fucus serratus (Ochrophyta) Algal Research 41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2019.101560 ISSN: 2211-9264. Wos Impact factor 3,745

Greco, M., Sáez, C. A., Contreras, R. A., Rodríguez-Rojas, F., Bitonti, M. B., & Brown, M. T. (2019). Cadmium and/or copper excess induce interdependent metal accumulation, DNA methylation, induction of metal chelators and antioxidant defences in the seagrass Zostera marina. Chemosphere, 224, 111-119 (WoS IF 5.1)

Lobos, M. G., Saez, C.A., Chavarria, A., Sepulveda, M., Diaz, P., & Gaete, H. (2019). Distribution of Al, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Pb and Zn in Liver, Gills and Muscle of Early Life Stages of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 102, 419–424 (WoS IF 1.7)

Navarrete, A., González, A., Gómez, M., Contreras, R. A., Díaz, P., Lobos, G., Brown, M. T., Sáez, C. A., & Moenne, A. (2019). Copper excess detoxification is mediated by a coordinated and complementary induction of glutathione, phytochelatins and metallothioneins in the green seaweed Ulva compressa. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 135, 423-431 (WoS IF 3.4)

Quintano E, Celis-Plá PSM, Martínez B, Díez I, Muguerza N, Figueroa FL, Gorostiaga JM. (2019) Ecophysiological responses of a threatened red algae to increased irradiance in an in situ transplant experiment. Marine environmental research 144: 166-177. 

Saucedo, S., González, A., Gómez, M., Contreras, R. A., Laporte, D., Sáez, C. A., Zúñiga, G., & Moenne, A. (2019). Oligo-carrageenan kappa increases glucose, trehalose and TOR-P and subsequently stimulates the expression of genes involved in photosynthesis, and basal and secondary metabolisms in Eucalyptus globulus. BMC Plant Biology, 19, 258 (WoS IF 3.7)

Sola, I., J. L. Sánchez-Lizaso, P. T. Muñoz, E. García-Bartolomei, C. A. Sáez, and D. Zarzo. (2019). Assessment of the Requirements within the Environmental Monitoring Plans Used to Evaluate the Environmental Impacts of Desalination Plants in Chile. Water 11:2085 (WoS IF 2.5).

Zúñiga A, Laporte D, González A, Gómez M, Sáez CA, Moenne A (2019) Isolation and Characterization of Copper- and Zinc- Binding Metallothioneins from the Marine Alga Ulva compressa (Chlorophyta). International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21:153 (WoS IF 4.2).



Celis-Plá PSM, Brown MT, Santillán-Sarmiento A, Korbee N, Sáez CA, Figueroa FL. (2018) Ecophysiological and metabolic responses to interactive exposure to nutrients and copper excess in the brown macroalga Cystoseira tamariscifolia. Marine Pollution Bulletin 128: 214-222.

Contreras, R. A., Pizarro, M., Köhler, H., Sáez, C. A., Zúñiga, G. E. (2018). Copper stress induces antioxidant responses and accumulation of sugars and phytochelatins in Antarctic Colobanthus quitensis (Kunth) Bartl. Biological Research, 51, 48 (WoS IF 2.5)

Muñoz, P. T., Sáez C. A., Martínez-Callejas M. B., Flores-Molina M. R., Bastos E., Fonseca A., Gurgel C. F. D., Barufi J. B., Rörig L., Hall-Spencer J. M., and P. A. Horta. (2018). Short-term interactive effects of increased temperatures and acidification on the calcifying macroalgae Lithothamnion crispatum and Sonderophycus capensis. Aquatic Botany 148:46-52

Mckeown, D.A., Schroeder, J.L., Stevens, K., Peters, A.F., Sáez, C.A., Park, J., Rothman, M.D., Bolton, J.J., Brown, M.T., Schroeder, D.C. (2018) Phaeoviral infections are present in Macrocystis, Ecklonia and Undaria (Laminariales) and are influenced by wave exposure in Ectocarpales. Viruses 10: 410

González, A., Sáez, C.A., Moenne, A. Copper-induced activation of TRPs and VDCCs triggers a calcium signature response regulating gene expression in Ectocarpus siliculosus. PeerJ (2018) 6:e4556

González, A., Sáez, C.A., Morales, B., Moenne, A. Copper-induced activation of TRP channels promotes extracellular calcium entry and activation of CaMK, PKA, PKC, PKG and CBLPK leading to increased expression of antioxidant enzymes in Ectocarpus siliculosus. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (2018) 126: 106-116.

Valdés, F., Lobos, M.G., Díaz, P., Sáez, C.A. Metal assessment and cellular accumulation dynamics in the green macroalga Ulva lactuca. Journal of Applied Phycology (2018) 30: 663-671.


Álvarez-Gómez F, Bouzon Z, Korbee N, Celis-Plá PSM, Schmidt EC, Figueroa FL (2017) Combined effects of UVR and nutrients on cell ultrastructure, photosynthesis and biochemistry in Gracilariopsis longissima (Gracilariales, Rhodophyta). Algal Research Algal Research 26: 190–202.

Celis-Plá PSM, Martínez B, Korbee N, Hall-Spencer JM, Figueroa FL (2017) Photoprotective responses in a brown macroalgae Cystoseira tamariscifolia to increases in CO2 and temperature. Marine Environmental Research. https://doi.org/10.1016./j.marenvres.2017.07.015 

Celis-Plá PSM, Martínez  B, Korbee N, Hall-Spencer JM, Figueroa FL (2017) Ecophysiological responses to elevated CO2 and temperature in Cystoseira tamariscifolia (Phaeophyceae). Climatic Change 142: 67-81.

Figueroa FL, Álvarez-Gómez F, del Rosal Y, Celis-Plá PSM, González G, Hernández M, Korbee N (2017) Photosynthetic activity in cave photoautotrophic biofilms changes seasonally related to environmental factors affected by human impact. Algal Research 22:104-115.

Gómez M, González A, Moenne F, Sáez CA, Moenne A (2017) Copper-induced early responses involve the activation of Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels, release of amino acids, serotonin and adrenalin, and activation of homologs of glutamate, adrenalin and serotonin receptors in the marine alga Ulva compressa. Algal Research 26: 115-122.

Valdés F, Díaz P, Lobos MG, Sáez CA (2017) Metal assessment and cellular accumulation dynamics in the green macroalga Ulva lactuca. Journal of Applied Phycology. In press. DOI: 10.1007/s10811-017-1244-x


Celis-Plá PSM, Bouzon ZL, Hall-Spencer JM, Schmidt EC, Korbee N, Figueroa FL (2016) Seasonal changes in photoprotectors and antioxidant capacity of the fucoid macroalga Cystoseira tamariscifolia. Marine Environmental Research 115: 89-97.

Figueroa FL, Hermoso-Beltrán M, Celis-Plá PSM, Bonomi-Barufi J, Álvarez-Gómez F, Korbee N, López-Calderón J, Cota-Lucero T, Riosmena-Rodríguez R (2016) Photosynthetic activity estimated as in vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence in calcareous red macroalgae. Ciencias Marinas 42(2): 139-155.

Gómez M, González A, Sáez CA, Moenne A (2016) Copper-induced membrane depolarizations involve the induction of mosaic TRP channels, which activate VDCC leading to calcium increases in Ulva compressa. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 754.

Laporte D, Valdés N, González A, Sáez CA, Zúñiga A, Navarrete A, Meneses C, Moenne A (2016) Copper-induced overexpression of genes encoding antioxidant system enzymes and metallothioneins involve the activation of CaMs, CDPKs and MEK1/2 in the marine alga Ulva compressa. Aquatic Toxicology 177: 433-440.

Moenne A, González A, Sáez CA (2016) Mechanisms of metal tolerance in marine macroalgae, with emphasis on copper tolerance in Chlorophyta and Rhodophyta. Aquatic Toxicology 176: 30-37.


Celis-Plá PSM, Hall-Spencer JM, Antunes-Horta P, Milazzo M, Korbee N, Cornwall CE, Figueroa FL (2015) Macroalgal responses to ocean acidification depend on nutrient and light levels. Frontiers in Marine Sciences 2: 26.

Dewir YH, El mahrouk ME, Hafez IM, Rihan HZ, Sáez CA, Fuller MP (2015) Antioxidative capacity and electrolyte leakage in healthy versus phytoplasma infected tissues of  Euphorbia coerulescens and Orbea gigantea. Journal of Plant Physiology & Pathology 3: 1 

Gómez M, González A, Sáez CA, Morales B, Moenne A (2015) Copper-induced activation of TRP channels promotes extracellular calcium entry and activation of CaMs and CDPKs leading to copper entry and membrane depolarization in Ulva compressa. Frontiers in Plant Science 6: 182.

Moya MG, Vega-Román E, Sáez CA, Mundaca EA (2015) Extension of the distributional range of Lithobius obscurus Meinert (Lithobiidae, Lithobiomorpha) in organic and conventional apple orchards in Central Chile. Gayana 79: 217-219.

Sáez CA, González A, Contreras R, Moody J, Moenne A, Brown MT (2015) A novel field transplantation technique reveals intra-specific metal-induced oxidative responses in strains of Ectocarpus siliculosus with different pollution histories. Environmental Pollution 199: 130-138.

Sáez CA, Ramesh K, Greco M, Bitonti MB, Brown MT (2015) Enzymatic antioxidant defences are transcriptionally regulated in Es524, a copper-tolerant strain of Ectocarpus siliculosus (Ectocarpales; Phaeophyceae). Phycologia 54: 425-429.

Sáez CA, Roncarati F, Greco M, Gledhill M, Bitonti B, Brown MT (2015) Response differences between Ectocarpus siliculosus populations to copper stressinvolve cellular exclusion and induction of the phytochelatin biosynthetic pathway. Aquatic Toxicology 159: 167-175.

Sáez CA, Roncarati F, Moenne A, Moody AJ, Brown MT (2015) Copper-induced intra-specific oxidative damage and antioxidant responses in strains of the brown alga Ectocarpus siliculosus with different pollution histories. Aquatic Toxicology 159: 81-89.


Celis-Plá PSM, Korbee N, Gómez-Garreta A, Figueroa FL (2014a) Seasonal photoacclimation patterns in the intertidal macroalga Cystoseira tamariscifolia (Ochrophyta). Scientia Marina 78(3): 377-388.

Celis-Plá PSM, Martínez B, Quintano E, García-Sánchez M, Pedersen A, Navarro NP, Copertino MS, Mangaiyarkarasi N, Mariath R, Figueroa FL, Korbee N (2014b) Short-term ecophysiological and biochemical responses of Cystoseira tamariscifolia and Ellisolandia elongata to changes in solar irradiance and nutrient levels. Aquatic Biology 22: 227-243.

Figueroa FL, Bonomi-Barufi J, Malta EJ, Conde-Álvarez R, Nitschke U, Arenas F, Mata M, Connan S, Abreu MH, Marquardt R, Vaz-Pinto F, Konotchick T, Celis-Plá PSM, Hermoso M, Ordoñez G, Ruiz E, Flores P, De los Ríos J, Kirke D, Chow F, Nassar CAG, Robledo D, Pérez-Ruzafa A, Bañares-España E, Altamirano M, Jiménez C, Korbee N, Bischof K, Stengel DB (2014)  Short-term effects of increasing CO2, nitrate and temperature on three Mediterranean macroalgae: biochemical composition. Aquatic Biology 22: 177-196.

Figueroa FL, Conde-Álvarez R, Bonomi Barufi J, Celis-Plá PSM, Flores P, Malta EJ, Stengel DB, Meyerhoff O, Pérez-Ruzafa A (2014) Continuous monitoring of in vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence in Ulva rigida (Chlorophyta) submitted to different CO2, nutrient and temperature regimes. Aquatic Biology 22:195-212.

González A, Moenne F, Contreras RA, Gómez M, Sáez CA, Moenne A (2014) Oligo-carrageenan kappa increases NADPH, ascorbate and glutathione syntheses and TRR/TRX activities enhancing photosynthesis, basal metabolism, and growth in Eucalyptus trees. Frontiers in Plant Science 5: 512.

Greco M, Sáez CA, Brown MT, Bitonti MB (2014) A simple and effective method for high quality co-extraction of genomic DNA and total RNA from low biomass Ectocarpus siliculosus, the model brown alga. PLoS ONE 9, e96470.

Korbee N, Navarro N, García-Sánchez M, Celis-Plá PSM, Quintano E, Copertino MS, Pedersen A, Mariath R, Mangaiyarkarasi N, Pérez-Ruzafa A, Figueroa FL, Martínez B (2014) A Novel in situ system to evaluate the effect of high CO2 on photosynthesis and biochemistry composition of calcifying and non-calcifying seaweeds. Aquatic Biology 22:245-259.

Ortega KJ, Sáez CA, Macaya E (2014) Changes in invertebrate communities inhabiting Lessonia spicata (Phaeophyceae) holdfasts after the 2010 earthquake-mediated coastal uplift in Chile. Revista de Biologia Marina y Oceanografia 49: 129-134.

Stengel D, Conde-Álvarez R, Connan S, Nitschke U, Arenas F, Abreu H, Bonomi-Barufi J, Chow F, Robledo D, Malta EJ, Mata M, Konotchick T, Nassar C, Pérez-Ruzafa A, López D, Marquardt R, Vaz-Pinto F,  Celis-Plá PSM, Hermoso M, Ruiz E, Ordoñez G, Flores P, Zanolla M, Bañares-España E, Altamirano M, Korbee N, Bischof K, Figueroa FL (2014)  Short-term effects of CO2, nutrient and temperature impacts on three marine macroalgae under solar radiation. Aquatic Biology 22: 159-176.


Celis-Plá PSM, Alveal K (2012) Development of Macrocystis pyrifera from spores and gametes on artificial substrate. Algal production in a surface culture. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research 40(2): 292-299.

Sáez CA, Lobos MG, Macaya E, Oliva D, Quiroz W, Brown MT (2012) Variation in patterns of metal accumulation in thallus parts of Lessonia trabeculata (Laminariales; Phaeophyceae): implications for biomonitoring. PLoS ONE (2012) 7: e50170.

Sáez CA, Pérez-Matus A, Lobos MG, Oliva D, Vásquez JA, Bravo M. (2012) Environmental assessment in a shallow subtidal rocky habitat: Approach coupling chemical and ecological tools. Chemistry and Ecology 28, 1-15.

Capítulos de libro

Sáez CA Laboratory and field based studies provide insights of copper tolerance mechanisms in brown seaweeds and biotechnology tools for environmental diagnosis. In: Ecotoxicology in Latin America. (eds) Matos-Araujo CV, Shinn C, Nova Publishers, New York (in press).

Celis-Plá PSM, Alveal K (2003) Técnicas de Cultivo sobre sustrato artificial, para el alga Macrocystis pyrifera, (Linnaeus). Agardh, (Phaeophyta, Laminariales). En: Memorias de Curso Internacional de postgrado y especialización de Macroalgas de Ambientes Subantárticos, Universidad de Magallanes (ed.) Punta Arenas, Chile. 67-72. 

Otras publicaciones

Celis-Plá PSM, Korbee N, Goméz-Garreta A, Figueroa FL (2015) Vulnerabilidad y aclimatación de macroalgas del mar Mediterráneo, frente al estrés ambiental derivado del cambio climático: uso de indicadores del estado fisiológico. Boletín Sociedad Española de Ficología 50: 54-61.

Sáez CA (2015) Biología del estrés en algas y su potencial uso como herramientas de biotecnología ambiental para la detección y seguimiento de contaminación por metales. Revista Versión Diferente 1: 56-57.

Celis-Plá PSM, Goméz-Garreta A, Figueroa FL (2012) Fotoaclimatación y valoración del estrés oxidativo en Cystoseira tamariscifolia (Hudson) Papenfuss (Phaeophyceae, Fucales), efectos de la radiación y nutrientes. Boletín Sociedad Española de Ficología 45: 22-23.

Sáez CA (2012) Foto portada de la revista Chemistry & Ecology, issue 1, volume 28 (2012): http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gche20/28/1#.UaPkI9g-E9E