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Cloning and expression of recombinant adhesive protein Mefp-1 of the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis

United States Patent

January 17, 2006
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The present invention comprises a Mytilus edulis cDNA sequenc having a nucleotide sequence that encodes for the Mytilus edulis foot protein-1 (Mefp-1), an example of a mollusk foot protein. Mefp-1 is an integral component of the blue mussels' adhesive protein complex, which allows the mussel to attach to objects underwater. The isolation, purification and sequencing of the Mefp-1 gene will allow researchers to produce Mefp-1 protein using genetic engineering techniques. The discovery of Mefp-1 gene sequence will also allow scientists to better understand how the blue mussel creates its waterproof adhesive protein complex.
Silverman; Heather G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Roberto; Francisco F. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 915,161
August 9, 2004
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-99JD13727, and Contract No. AC07-05JD14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.