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Production and secretion of glucose in photosynthetic prokaryotes (cyanobacteria)

United States Patent

September 28, 2010
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The present invention includes compositions and methods for making and using an isolated cyanobacterium that includes a portion of an exogenous bacterial cellulose operon sufficient to express bacterial cellulose, whereby the cyanobacterium produces extracellular glucose. The compositions and methods of the present invention may be used as a new global crop for the manufacture of cellulose, CO.sub.2 fixation, for the production of alternative sources of conventional cellulose as well as a biofuel and precursors thereof.
Nobles, Jr.; David R. (Austin, TX), Brown, Jr.; R. Malcolm (Austin, TX)
Board of Regents, The University of Texas (Austin, TX)
11/ 866,872
October 3, 2007
STATEMENT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH This invention was made with U.S. Government support under Contract No. DE-FG02-03R15396 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.