Patents by Inventor Richard Thomas Sayre

Richard Thomas Sayre has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200347397
    Abstract: Provided are heterologous nucleic acid constructs, vectors and methods for elevating cyclic electron transfer activity, improving carbon concentration, and enhancing carbon fixation in C3 and C4 plants, and algae, and producing biomass or other products from C3 or C4 plants, and algae, selected from among, for example, starches, oils, fatty acids, lipids, cellulose or other carbohydrates, alcohols, sugars, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, fragrance and flavoring compounds, and organic acids, as well as transgenic plants produced thereby. These methods and transgenic plants and algae encompass the expression, or overexpression, of various combinations of genes that improve carbon concentrating systems in plants and algae, such as bicarbonate transport proteins, carbonic anhydrase, light driven proton pump, cyclic electron flow regulators, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Publication date: November 5, 2020
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Sayre, Somya S. Subramanian, Natalia Friedland
  • Patent number: 10745708
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide for a transgenic plan, methods of making and DNA constructs for use in the transgenic plant which transgenic plant is capable of modulating its photosynthetic antenna complex composition in response to increases or decreases in light intensity by modulation of the ratio of chlorophyll a to chlorophyll b such that there is an increase in the Chl a/b ratio at high light intensity and a decrease in the Chl a/b ratio at low light intensity versus wild-type plants grown in the same conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: NMC, INC.
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Sayre
  • Publication number: 20200208125
    Abstract: Phototropin is a blue light receptor, which mediates a variety of blue-light elicited physiological processes in plants and algae. In higher plants these processes include phototropism, chloroplast movement and stomatal opening. In the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, phototropin plays a vital role in progression of the sexual life cycle and in the control of the eye spot size and light sensitivity Phototropin is also involved in blue-light mediated changes in the synthesis of chlorophylls, carotenoids, chlorophyll binding proteins. We compared the transcriptome of phototropin knock out (PHOT KO) mutant and wild-type parent to analyze differences in gene expression in high light grown cultures (500 ?mol photons m?2s?1). Our results indicate the up-regulation of genes involved in photosynthetic electron transport chain, carbon fixation pathway, starch, lipid, and cell cycle control genes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Sangeeta Negi, Richard Thomas Sayre, Shawn Robert Starkenburg
  • Patent number: 10696977
    Abstract: Provided are methods for elevating cyclic electron transfer activity, improving carbon concentration, and enhancing carbon fixation in C3 and C4 plants, and algae, and producing biomass or other products from C3 or C4 plants, and algae, selected from among, for example, starches, oils, fatty acids, lipids, cellulose or other carbohydrates, alcohols, sugars, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, fragrance and flavoring compounds, and organic acids, as well as transgenic plants produced thereby. These methods and transgenic plants and algae encompass the expression, or overexpression, of various combinations of genes that improve carbon concentrating systems in plants and algae, such as bicarbonate transport proteins, carbonic anhydrase, light driven proton pump, cyclic electron flow regulators, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: NCM, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Sayre, Somya S. Subramanian, Natalia Friedland
  • Patent number: 10590398
    Abstract: Phototropin is a blue light receptor, which mediates a variety of blue-light elicited physiological processes in plants and algae. In higher plants these processes include phototropism, chloroplast movement and stomatal opening. In the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, phototropin plays a vital role in progression of the sexual life cycle and in the control of the eye spot size and light sensitivity Phototropin is also involved in blue-light mediated changes in the synthesis of chlorophylls, carotenoids, chlorophyll binding proteins. We compared the transcriptome of phototropin knock out (PHOT KO) mutant and wild-type parent to analyze differences in gene expression in high light grown cultures (500 ?mol photons m?2 s?1). Our results indicate the up-regulation of genes involved in photosynthetic electron transport chain, carbon fixation pathway, starch, lipid, and cell cycle control genes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignees: NMC, INC., LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL SECURITY, LLC
    Inventors: Sangeeta Negi, Richard Thomas Sayre, Shawn Robert Starkenburg
  • Publication number: 20190203222
    Abstract: Provided are methods for elevating cyclic electron transfer activity, improving carbon concentration, and enhancing carbon fixation in C3 and C4 plants, and algae, and producing biomass or other products from C3 or C4 plants, and algae, selected from among, for example, starches, oils, fatty acids, lipids, cellulose or other carbohydrates, alcohols, sugars, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, fragrance and flavoring compounds, and organic acids, as well as transgenic plants produced thereby. These methods and transgenic plants and algae encompass the expression, or overexpression, of various combinations of genes that improve carbon concentrating systems in plants and algae, such as bicarbonate transport proteins, carbonic anhydrase, light driven proton pump, cyclic electron flow regulators, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Publication date: July 4, 2019
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Sayre, Somya S. Subramanian, Natalia Friedland
  • Patent number: 10233458
    Abstract: Provided are methods for elevating cyclic electron transfer activity, improving carbon concentration, and enhancing carbon fixation in C3 and C4 plants, and algae, and producing biomass or other products from C3 or C4 plants, and algae, selected from among, for example, starches, oils, fatty acids, lipids, cellulose or other carbohydrates, alcohols, sugars, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, fragrance and flavoring compounds, and organic acids, as well as transgenic plants produced thereby. These methods and transgenic plants and algae encompass the expression, or overexpression, of various combinations of genes that improve carbon concentrating systems in plants and algae, such as bicarbonate transport proteins, carbonic anhydrase, light driven proton pump, cyclic electron flow regulators, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NMC, INC.
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Sayre, Somya S. Subramanian, Natalia Friedland
  • Publication number: 20180187170
    Abstract: Phototropin is a blue light receptor, which mediates a variety of blue-light elicited physiological processes in plants and algae. In higher plants these processes include phototropism, chloroplast movement and stomatal opening. In the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, phototropin plays a vital role in progression of the sexual life cycle and in the control of the eye spot size and light sensitivity Phototropin is also involved in blue-light mediated changes in the synthesis of chlorophylls, carotenoids, chlorophyll binding proteins. We compared the transcriptome of phototropin knock out (PHOT KO) mutant and wild-type parent to analyze differences in gene expression in high light grown cultures (500 ?mol photons m?2 s?1). Our results indicate the up-regulation of genes involved in photosynthetic electron transport chain, carbon fixation pathway, starch, lipid, and cell cycle control genes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Publication date: July 5, 2018
    Inventors: Sangeeta Negi, Richard Thomas Sayre, Shawn Robert Starkenburg
  • Publication number: 20170356001
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide for a transgenic plan, methods of making and DNA constructs for use in the transgenic plant which transgenic plant is capable of modulating its photosynthetic antenna complex composition in response to increases or decreases in light intensity by modulation of the ratio of chlorophyll a to chlorophyll b such that there is an increase in the Chl a/b ratio at high light intensity and a decrease in the Chl a/b ratio at low light intensity versus wild-type plants grown in the same conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Sayre
  • Publication number: 20170211086
    Abstract: Provided are methods for elevating cyclic electron transfer activity, improving carbon concentration, and enhancing carbon fixation in C3 and C4 plants, and algae, and producing biomass or other products from C3 or C4 plants, and algae, selected from among, for example, starches, oils, fatty acids, lipids, cellulose or other carbohydrates, alcohols, sugars, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, fragrance and flavoring compounds, and organic acids, as well as transgenic plants produced thereby. These methods and transgenic plants and algae encompass the expression, or overexpression, of various combinations of genes that improve carbon concentrating systems in plants and algae, such as bicarbonate transport proteins, carbonic anhydrase, light driven proton pump, cyclic electron flow regulators, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Sayre, Somya S. Subramanian, Natalia Friedland
  • Publication number: 20140242676
    Abstract: Described herein are algae carbon capture systems and biomass production systems, and more specifically, algal based microphotobioreactors (?PBRs) comprising a biocompatible polymer (e.g., hydrogel) containing algae, inorganic carbon, light-frequency shifting agents (e.g., quantum dots and/or dyes of fluorescent proteins) and methods for making such ?PBRs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Amr I. Abdel-Fattah, Jennifer Ann Hollingsworth, Peng He, Richard Thomas Sayre, Suzanne Zoe Fisher