Patents by Inventor Virginia C. Crane

Virginia C. Crane 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: 20120054912
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for targeting polypeptides to plant vacuoles are provided. Nucleic acid molecules having nucleotide sequences encoding a vacuole-targeting peptide, variants, or fragments thereof are provided. The sequences also can be used for targeting defensin proteins or other polypeptides to vacuoles in plants. Transformed plants, plant cells, tissues, and seed also are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Nasser Yalpani, Jeanne M. Sandahl
  • Patent number: 8022275
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a tissue-preferred maize promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the tissue-preferred promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Jeanne Sandahl, Carl R. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20100186116
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a tissue-preferred maize promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the tissue-preferred promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Jeanne Sandahl
  • Publication number: 20100186115
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a tissue-preferred maize promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the tissue-preferred promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Jeanne Sandahl
  • Patent number: 7700832
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for protecting a plant from a pathogen, particularly a fungal pathogen, are provided. Compositions include amino acid sequences, and variants and fragments thereof, for antipathogenic polypeptides that were isolated from fungal fermentation broths. Nucleic acids that encode the antipathogenic polypeptides are also provided. A method for inducing pathogen resistance in a plant using the nucleotide sequences disclosed herein is further provided. The method comprises introducing into a plant an expression cassette comprising a promoter operably linked to a nucleotide sequence that encodes an antipathogenic polypeptide of the invention. Compositions comprising an antipathogenic polypeptide or a transformed microorganism comprising a nucleic acid of the invention in combination with a carrier and methods of using these compositions to protect a plant from a pathogen are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Daniel J. Altier, Virginia C. Crane, Irina Ellanskaya, Natalia Ellanskaya, legal representative, Jacob T. Gilliam, Jennie Hunter-Cevera, James K. Presnail, Eric J. Schepers, Carl R. Simmons, Tamas Torok, Nasser Yalpani
  • Patent number: 7598346
    Abstract: The invention relates to compositions including amino acid sequences isolated from fungal fermentation broths and methods for protecting a plant from a pathogen, particularly a fungal pathogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Daniel J. Altier, Virginia C. Crane, Irina Ellanskaya, Natalia Ellanskaya, legal representative, Jacob T. Gilliam, Jennie Hunter-Cevera, James K. Presnail, Eric J. Schepers, Carl R. Simmons, Tamas Torok, Nasser Yalpani
  • Publication number: 20090205078
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a tissue-preferred maize promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the tissue-preferred promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Jeanne Sandahl
  • Publication number: 20090089895
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for protecting a plant from a pathogen, particularly a fungal pathogen, are provided. Compositions include amino acid sequences, and variants and fragments thereof, for antipathogenic polypeptides that were isolated from fungal fermentation broths. Nucleic acids that encode the antipathogenic polypeptides are also provided. A method for inducing pathogen resistance in a plant using the nucleotide sequences disclosed herein is further provided. The method comprises introducing into a plant an expression cassette comprising a promoter operably linked to a nucleotide sequence that encodes an antipathogenic polypeptide of the invention. Compositions comprising an antipathogenic polypeptide or a transformed microorganism comprising a nucleic acid of the invention in combination with a carrier and methods of using these compositions to protect a plant from a pathogen are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Applicants: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., E.I. du PONT de NEMOURS and COMPANY, The Regents of The University of California
    Inventors: Daniel J. Altier, Virginia C. Crane, Irina Ellanskaya, Jacob T. Gilliam, Jennie Hunter-Cevera, James K. Presnail, Eric J. Schepers, Carl R. Simmons, Tamas Torok, Nasser Yalpani, Natalia Ellanskaya
  • Publication number: 20090055966
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions include a novel nucleotide sequence for a tissue-preferred maize promoter. A method for expressing a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant using the promoter sequence disclosed herein is provided. The method comprises stably incorporating into the genome of a plant cell a nucleotide sequence operably linked to the tissue-preferred promoter of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant that expresses the nucleotide sequence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 26, 2009
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Jeanne Sandahl, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 6720480
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating development and defense response are provided. Nucleotide sequences encoding a maize proteinase inhibitor-like protein is provided. Nucleotide sequences comprising the proteinase inhibitor-like promoter are also provided. Methods of using the promoter to express nucleic acid sequences of interest are provided. The sequences can be used in expression cassettes for modulating development, developmental pathways, and the plant defense response. Plants, plant cells, tissues, and seed transformed with the proteinase inhibitor-like gene or its promoter are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Carl R. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20030033632
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for modulating development and defense response are provided. Nucleotide sequences encoding a maize proteinase inhibitor-like protein is provided. Nucleotide sequences comprising the proteinase inhibitor-like promoter are also provided. The sequences can be used in expression cassettes for modulating development, developmental pathways, and the plant defense response. Transformed plants, plant cells, tissues, and seed are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Carl R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 6515202
    Abstract: The invention relates to the genetic manipulation of plants, particularly to the expression of genes involved in oxylipin metabolism in plants. Nucleotide sequences encoding homologues of Old Yellow Enzyme, and inducible promoters and proteins thereof, are provided. The sequences find use in modifying oxylipin metabolism in plants, increasing the resistance of plants to stress, regulating gene expression in plants, and in the production of oxylipins in plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignees: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., CuraGen Corporation
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Jon Duvick, Yogesh K. Sharma, Oswald R. Crasta, Otto Folkerts
  • Patent number: 6479629
    Abstract: Histone deacetylases and nucleotide sequences encoding said histone deacetylases are provided. The sequences as well as corresponding antisense constructs are useful for modulating gene activity in plants. Additionally, the sequences are useful for enhancing disease resistance in transformed plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Adelphi Baldwin, Steven P. Briggs, Virginia C. Crane
  • Publication number: 20020166146
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods for enhancing the disease resistance of plants. The compositions are novel nucleic acid molecules isolated from maize, which encode pathogenesis-related (PR1) proteins, and the PR1 proteins encoded thereby. The methods comprise introducing into a plant cell at least one nucleotide construct comprising a PR1 nucleotide sequence of the invention operably linked to a promoter that drives expression in a plant cell. The methods additionally involve regenerating a stably transformed plant from the transformed plant cell. Transformed plants and seeds having enhanced disease resistance are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl R. Simmons, Pedro A. Navarro Acevedo, Virginia C. Crane
  • Patent number: 6429362
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions are novel nucleotide sequences for inducible and constitutive promoters isolated from a family of maize genes encoding pathogenesis-related (PR-1) proteins. Methods for regulating expression of a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant in an inducible or constitutive manner are provided. The methods comprise transforming a plant cell to comprise a heterologous nucleotide sequence operably linked to one of the inducible or constitutive promoters of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant from the transformed plant cell. Transformed plants and seeds are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventor: Virginia C. Crane
  • Publication number: 20020076775
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated WRKY nucleic acids and their encoded proteins. The present invention provides methods and compositions relating to altering WRKY concentration and/or composition of plants. The present invention also relates to transcriptional regulatory regions of WRKY polynucleotides and their use to regulate heterologous gene expression. The invention further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells, and transgenic plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Virginia C. Crane, Omolayo Famodu, Xu Hu, Guihua Lu, Lingyu Zhang
  • Publication number: 20020022256
    Abstract: Histone deacetylases and nucleotide sequences encoding said histone deacetylases are provided. The sequences as well as corresponding antisense constructs are useful for modulating gene activity in plants. Additionally, the sequences are useful for enhancing disease resistance in transformed plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Applicant: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Adelphi Baldwin, Steven P. Briggs, Virginia C. Crane
  • Publication number: 20010049834
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated PR1-C10 nucleic acids and their encoded polypeptides. The present invention provides methods and compositions relating to altering PR1-C10 concentration and/or composition of plants. The invention further provides recombinant expression cassettes, host cells, and transgenic plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventors: Edmund H. Crane, Virginia C. Crane
  • Publication number: 20010025380
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods for regulating expression of heterologous nucleotide sequences in a plant. Compositions are novel nucleotide sequences for inducible and constitutive promoters isolated from a family of maize genes encoding pathogenesis-related (PR-1) proteins, nucleotide sequences for these maize PR-1 genes, and amino acid sequences for the PR-1 proteins encoded thereby. Methods for regulating expression of a heterologous nucleotide sequence in a plant in an inducible or constitutive manner are provided, more particularly regulating expression of a PR-1 gene to enhance disease resistance in a plant. The methods comprise transforming a plant cell to comprise a heterologous nucleotide sequence or PR-1 gene operably linked to one of the inducible or constitutive promoters of the present invention and regenerating a stably transformed plant from the transformed plant cell. Transformed plants and seeds having enhanced disease resistance are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Inventor: Virginia C. Crane
  • Patent number: 6287843
    Abstract: Histone deacetylases and nucleotide sequences encoding said histone deacetylases are provided. The sequences as well as corresponding antisense constructs are useful for modulating gene activity in plants. Additionally, the sequences are useful for enhancing disease resistance in transformed plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Adelphi Baldwin, Steven P. Briggs, Virginia C. Crane