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Cloning and expression of recombinant adhesive protein MEFP-2 of the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis

United States Patent

February 7, 2006
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The present invention includes a Mytilus edulis cDNA having a nucleotide sequence that encodes for the Mytilus edulis foot protein-2 (Mefp-2), an example of a mollusk foot protein. Mefp-2 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-2 gene will allow researchers to produce Mefp-2 protein using genetic engineering techniques. The discovery of Mefp-2 gene sequences 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/ 915,160
August 9, 2004
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No DE-AC07-99ID13727, and Contract No DE-AC07-05ID14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.