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Robust expression of a bioactive mammalian protein in chlamydomonas chloroplast

United States Patent

March 16, 2010
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Methods and compositions are disclosed to engineer chloroplast comprising heterologous mammalian genes via a direct replacement of chloroplast Photosystem II (PSII) reaction center protein coding regions to achieve expression of recombinant protein above 5% of total protein. When algae is used, algal expressed protein is produced predominantly as a soluble protein where the functional activity of the peptide is intact. As the host algae is edible, production of biologics in this organism for oral delivery or proteins/peptides, especially gut active proteins, without purification is disclosed.
Mayfield; Stephen P. (Cardiff, CA)
The Scripps Research Institute (La Jolla, CA)
11/ 801,506
May 9, 2007
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made in part with government support under Grant Nos. RO1GM054659-08 and 5RO1 AI059614-02 awarded by the National Institutes of Health and DEFG0302ER15313 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.