Transformants Patents (Class 435/254.11)
  • Patent number: 10620222
    Abstract: Methods for diagnosing a predisposition to developing a scoliosis (e.g., adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)) and identifying compounds for treating scoliosis based on the modulation of Gi protein-coupled receptor activity are described. Specific embodiments of the methods involve measuring a change in impedance signals of cells expressing a receptor coupled to a Gi protein with a ligand. To identify compounds useful in treatment, the cell is contacted with a test compound and a ligand. A higher impedance in the presence relative to the absence of said test compound is indicative that the test compound is useful for treating scoliosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: CHU Sainte-Justine
    Inventors: Alain Moreau, Marie-Yvonne Akoume Ndong
  • Patent number: 10323250
    Abstract: The present invention aims to provide a promoter showing high expression activity in microorganisms belonging to the genus Mortierella. The present invention provides a polynucleotide which contains any one nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO: 1 to 28, or a variant thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventors: Misa Ochiai, Jun Ogawa, Eiji Sakuradani, Akinori Ando
  • Patent number: 9896706
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a method for producing ?-glucan having excellent immunopotentiating effects at a lower cost. Black yeast (Aureobasidium pullulans) is cultured using cells of lactic acid-producing bacteria and/or derivatives thereof as a nutrient source and is allowed to produce ?-glucan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Shigenobu Miura
  • Patent number: 9527921
    Abstract: The present invention provides an anti-human Notch4 antibody or a Notch4 binding fragment thereof that may have neutralizing activity against human Notch4, as well as a pharmaceutical composition comprising the same as the active ingredient. The present inventors obtained a mouse anti-human Notch4 antibody that has high neutralizing activity and binding affinity towards human Notch4 and determined the complementarity determining region (CDR) sequence of the mouse anti-human Notch4 antibody. This enabled the production of a humanized antibody comprising the variable region of heavy and light chains as well as the CDR sequence of the mouse anti-human Notch4 antibody.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Sakamoto, Yusuke Adachi, Junji Matsui, Yu Kato, Yoichi Ozawa, Takanori Abe, Ken Ito, Yuya Nakazawa, Sho Tachino, Katsuhisa Suzuki, Kishan Agarwala, Kana Hoshino, Masahiko Katayama
  • Patent number: 9409975
    Abstract: Methods and reagents for ameliorating biofilm formation on a surface of an indwelling or implanted device in a patient resulting in decreased virulence of microorganisms such as Candida species and/or Staphylococcus species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignees: Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, Yale University
    Inventors: Margaret K. Hostetter, Long Lu, Julianne Vernadette Green, Alexey Porollo, Kris I. Orsborn, Khoon Ghee Queenie Tan, Kenneth Greis, David Andes
  • Publication number: 20150150157
    Abstract: Prephenate dehydrogenases and arogenate dehydrogenase polynucleotide and polypeptide sequences are provided herein. These polypeptides are all insensitive to effector based feedback inhibition. Polypeptides with these activities and lacking feedback inhibition by the product were not previously identified and characterized from plants. The polypeptides may be used to generate constructs and transgenic cells or plants. Methods of increasing production of products of the tyrosine or HPP pathway by increasing expression of the polynucleotides provided herein in plants or cells overexpressing the polypeptides are provided. In addition overexpression of the polypeptides in plant cells increases resistance to herbicides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi A. Maeda, Craig Albert Schenck
  • Publication number: 20150150152
    Abstract: This invention relates to the field of biotechnology or genetic engineering. Specifically, this invention relates to the field of gene expression. More specifically, this invention relates to a novel ecdysone receptor/chimeric retinoid X receptor-based inducible gene expression system and methods of modulating gene expression in a host cell for applications such as gene therapy, large-scale production of proteins and antibodies, cell-based high throughput screening assays, functional genomics and regulation of traits in transgenic organisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Marianna Zinovievna KAPITSKAYA, Subba Reddy Palli
  • Publication number: 20150147365
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an oral composition comprising a volatile sulphur compound breath-odour controlling amount of methyl mercaptan oxidase. The oral composition may be used in a method for controlling breath-odour in a host, which method comprises applying the composition to the oral cavity of that host. The invention also provides a polypeptide having methyl mercaptan oxidase activity, wherein said polypeptide is: (a) a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence as set out in SEQ ID NO: 2; (b) a polypeptide comprising an amino acid sequence having at least 50% sequence identity with the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2; (c) a polypeptide encoded by a polynucleotide comprising the polynucleotide sequence as set out in SEQ ID NO: 1 or SEQ ID NO: 3; or (d) a fragment of a polypeptide as defined in (a), (b) or (c).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Luppo Edens, Evert Tjeerd Van Rij, Marco Jan Lambertus De Groot
  • Publication number: 20150147343
    Abstract: Provided are novel specific binding molecules, particularly human antibodies as well as fragments, derivatives and variants thereof that recognize neoepitopes of disease-associated proteins which derive from native endogenous proteins but are prevalent in the body of a patient in a variant form and/or out of their normal physiological context. In addition, pharmaceutical compositions comprising such binding molecules, antibodies and mimics thereof and methods of screening for novel binding molecules, which may or may not be antibodies as well as targets in the treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: University of Zurich
    Inventors: Roger NITSCH, Christoph Hock, Christoph Esslinger, Marlen Knobloch, Kathrin Tissot, Jan Grimm
  • Publication number: 20150140021
    Abstract: The invention provides, inter alia, conjugates comprising a coagulating agent conjugated to an antibody, where the antibody specifically binds an extracellular domain epitope of a mammalian PLVAP protein. These agents specifically target HCC tumors and treat the HCC. The invention also provides methods of using these conjugates, such as methods of treating HCC by administering the conjugates provided by the invention or compositions provided by the invention, such as pharmaceutical compositions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Kuo-Jang Kao, Yun-Hsin Wang
  • Publication number: 20150140588
    Abstract: The present invention relates to variants with improved activity in an amide-bond reaction. The present invention also relates to polynucleotides encoding the variants; nucleic acid constructs, vectors, and host cells comprising the polynucleotides; and methods of using the variants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Novozymes A/S
    Inventors: Werner Besenmatter, Allan Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20150140638
    Abstract: The present invention relates to isolated polypeptides having endoglucanase activity and polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides. The invention also relates to nucleic acid constructs, vectors, and host cells comprising the polynucleotides as well as methods of producing and using the polypeptides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Nikolaj Spodsberg
  • Publication number: 20150143584
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to nucleic acid sequences encoding proteins that are related to the presence of seed storage compounds in plants. More specifically, the present invention relates to Arabidopsis thaliana, Brassica napus, Glycine max and Oryza sativa nucleic acid sequences encoding sugar and lipid metabolism regulator proteins and the use of these sequences in transgenic plants. In particular, the invention is directed to methods fir manipulating sugar-related compounds and for increasing oil level and altering the fatty acid composition in plants and seeds. The invention further relates to methods of using these novel plant polypeptides to stimulate plant growth and/or to increase yield and/or composition of seed storage compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: BASF PLANT SCIENCE GMBH
    Inventors: Heiko A. Haertel, Garima Bhatt
  • Publication number: 20150140641
    Abstract: The present invention relates to variant endoglucanases having improved thermoactivity, improved thermostability, and improved viscosity reduction activity over wild-type M. thermophila endoglucanase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: XIYUN ZHANG, SACHIN PATIL, JIE YANG, ISH KUMAR DHAWAN
  • Publication number: 20150140631
    Abstract: Described is a method for generating conjugated dienes through a biological process. More specifically, the application describes a method for producing conjugated dienes (for example butadiene, isoprene or dimethylbutadiene) from light alkenols via enzymatic dehydration, in particular by making use of an alkenol dehydratase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Philippe Marliere
  • Publication number: 20150140620
    Abstract: This disclosure describes engineered biosynthetic pathways, recombinant cells, and methods relating to biosynthesis of esters. The recombinant cells may be modified to exhibit increased biosynthesis of an ester compared to a wild-type control. The recombinant cell may be incubated in medium that includes a carbon source under conditions effective for the recombinant cell to produce an ester. This disclosure also describes a method that generally includes introducing into a host cell a heterologous polynucleotide encoding at least one polypeptide that catalyzes a step in converting a carbon source to an ester, wherein the at least one polynucleotide is operably linked to a promoter so that the modified host cell catalyzes conversion of the carbon source to an ester.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Regents of The University of Minnesota
    Inventors: Kechun Zhang, Mingyong Xiong, Yi-Shu Tai
  • Patent number: 9034599
    Abstract: DNA encoding a monomeric variant of red fluorescent protein eqFP611 comprising an amino acid sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID No. 1, SEQ ID No. 3 and SEQ ID No. 5. DNA comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID No. 2, SEQ ID No. 4 and SEQ ID No. 6.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Universitat Ulm
    Inventors: Jörg Wiedenmann, Simone Kredel, Franz Oswald, Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus
  • Patent number: 9034608
    Abstract: The invention relates to a polypeptide having a mutation at one or more position corresponding to T219 of SEQ ID NO: 55, wherein the polypeptide has at least 50% sequence identity with SEQ ID NO: 55, and wherein the polypeptide has permease activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: DSM IP ASSETS, B.V.
    Inventors: Hendrik Wouter Wisselink, Antonius Jeroen Adriaan Van Maris, Jacobus Thomas Pronk, Paul Klaassen, Rene Marcel De Jong
  • Publication number: 20150132824
    Abstract: The present invention relates to isolated polypeptides having xanthan degrading activity, catalytic domains and polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides and catalytic domains. The invention also relates to nucleic acid constructs, vectors, and host cells comprising the polynucleotides as well as methods of producing and using the polypeptides and catalytic domains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Dorotea Raventos Segura, Peter Fischer Halin, Anders Viksoe-Nielsen, Lars Anderson, Martin Simon Borchert, Leigh Murphy, Astrid Boisen, Lorena G. Palmén, Kenneth Jensen, Carsten Sjoeholm, Tine Hoff, Charlotte Blom
  • Publication number: 20150132813
    Abstract: This disclosure describes, generally, recombinant cells modified to exhibit increased biosynthesis of pentanoic acid, methods of making such recombinant cells, and methods of inducing the cells to produce pentanoic acid. This disclosure also describes, generally, recombinant cells modified to exhibit increased biosynthesis of 2-methylbutyric acid, methods of making such recombinant cells, and methods of inducing the cells to produce 2-methylbutyric acid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kechun Zhang, Yogesh K. Dhande
  • Publication number: 20150132820
    Abstract: An object is to efficiently produce thermostable catalase at low cost by expressing it as a recombinant protein in large quantity. A recombinant microorganism capable of efficiently expressing thermostable catalase can be provided by obtaining a DNA necessary for efficiently producing it as a recombinant protein, and the thermostable catalase can be efficiently produced at low cost by cultivating the obtained recombinant microorganism. Hydrogen peroxide can be efficiently decomposed at low cost, even at high temperature, by treating a solution containing hydrogen peroxide with the thermostable catalase of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: MEIJI SEIKA PHARMA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kaoru OKAKURA, Fusuke MAZUKA, Takayoshi FUKUSHIMA, Koichiro MURASHIMA
  • Publication number: 20150132816
    Abstract: The invention relates to recombinant cells and their use in the production of branched medium-chain alcohols such as 4-methyl-1-pentanol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Kristala Lanett Jones Prather, Micah James Sheppard, Aditya Kunjapur
  • Publication number: 20150133379
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fusion protein comprising a skin-penetrating peptide, a polynucleotide encoding the fusion protein, an expression vector comprising the polynucleotide, a transformant comprising the expression vector, a method for preparing the fusion protein, a cosmetic composition for improving skin conditions, which comprises the fusion protein, and a pharmaceutical composition for external skin use, which comprises the fusion protein. The fusion protein of the invention comprises a skin-penetrating peptide bound to a physiologically active protein. The fusion protein significantly enhances the skin penetration and skin retention of the physiologically active protein while maintaining or enhancing the ability of the physiologically active protein to synthesize a material showing physiologically active effects. Thus, it can be widely used as an active ingredient in functional cosmetic compositions and pharmaceutical compositions for external skin use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Seol Hoon Lee, Sang Hwa Lee, Nae Gyu Kang, Eu Gene Hur
  • Publication number: 20150132218
    Abstract: The invention provides anti-Ly6E antibodies, immunoconjugates and methods of using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Jyoti Asundi, Ron Firestein, Paul Polakis, Chie Sakanaka, Peter Chang, Rayna Takaki Venook
  • Publication number: 20150132807
    Abstract: The present application provides engineered polypeptides having imine reductase activity, polynucleotides encoding the engineered imine reductases, host cells capable of expressing the engineered imine reductases, and methods of using these engineered polypeptides with a range of ketone and amine substrate compounds to prepare secondary and tertiary amine product compounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Agard, Oscar Alvizo, Melissa Ann Mayo, Stefanie Ng Minor, James Nicholas Riggins, Jeffrey C. Moore
  • Publication number: 20150125397
    Abstract: Engineered multivalent and multispecific binding proteins that bind immune cell receptors and/or autoantigens are provided, along with methods of making and uses in the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and/or treatment of disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Chee-Ho Choi, Tariq Ghayur, Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Krishna Moody
  • Publication number: 20150125934
    Abstract: A simple and inexpensive method for selectively culturing a microorganism which method makes it possible to selectively culture a microorganism of interest even without using a sterilization operation or an antibiotic substance is provided. The method according to the present invention selectively culturing a microorganism includes the step of culturing, in a culture medium containing phosphorous acid as a sole phosphorous source, a recombinant microorganism into which a phosphite dehydrogenase gene has been introduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Akio Kuroda, Ryuichi Hirota, Takencri Ishida
  • Publication number: 20150125902
    Abstract: Provided are isolated polypeptides having glucoamylase activity, catalytic domains, and polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides, catalytic domains. Also provided are nucleic acid constructs, vectors and host cells comprising the polynucleotides as well as methods of producing and using the polypeptides, catalytic domains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Novozymes A/S
    Inventors: Tianqi Sun, Ming Li
  • Patent number: 9023637
    Abstract: Provided herein are fungi, such as Aspergillus niger, having a dolichyl-P-Man:Man(5)GlcNAc(2)-PP-dolichyl mannosyltransferase (Alg3) gene genetic inactivation, increased expression of a loss of aflR expression A (Lae), or both. In some examples, such mutants have several phenotypes, including an increased production of citric acid relative to the parental strain. Methods of using the disclosed fungi to make citric acid are also provided, as are compositions and kits including the disclosed fungi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Ziyu Dai, Scott E. Baker
  • Publication number: 20150119608
    Abstract: Methods for the fermentative production of four carbon alcohols is provided. Specifically, butanol, preferably isobutanol is produced by the fermentative growth of a recombinant bacterium expressing an isobutanol biosynthetic pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Gail K. Donaldson, Andrew C. Eliot, Dennis Flint, Lori Ann Maggio-Hall, Vasantha Nagarajan
  • Publication number: 20150118725
    Abstract: Described is a method for generating isoprenol through a biological process. More specifically, described is a method for producing isoprenol from mevalonate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Marc Delcourt, Maria Anissimova, Philippe Marliere
  • Publication number: 20150118184
    Abstract: A monoclonal antibody recognizing the extracellular region of LAMP5 was produced. The produced antibody demonstrated antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxic activity, and/or cell growth inhibitory activity in the presence of a toxin-labeled secondary antibody, against a multiple myeloma cell line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: CHUGAI SEIYAKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Shigeto Kawai
  • Publication number: 20150118721
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel enzymes that provide acetylated sphingoid bases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG
    Inventors: Steffen Schaffer, Mike Farwick, Heiko Andrea, Tim Koehler, Daniel Wolff, Frank ter Veld, Ansgar Poetsch, Eckhard Boles, Christoph Schorsch
  • Patent number: 9017984
    Abstract: Genetically engineered microorganisms that produce fatty alcohols from a sugar source by way of the fatty acid biosynthetic pathway, as well as methods of their use are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: REG Life Sciences, LLC
    Inventors: Zhihao Hu, Fernando Valle
  • Publication number: 20150110762
    Abstract: The present disclosure is in the field of genome engineering, particularly targeted modification of the genome of a cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Michael C. Holmes, Jianbin Wang
  • Publication number: 20150110794
    Abstract: This disclosure provides anti-human cytomegalovirus antibodies and methods of treatment, prophylaxis, detection, and diagnosis using the same. In another aspect, the disclosure features therapeutic, prophylactic, and/or diagnostic compositions for human cytomegalovirus infection or for a human cytomegalovirus-related disease that include a binding agent (e.g., antibody) or polynucleotide disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the composition is formulated for ocular or topical administration. The compositions can further include one or more human cytomegalovirus-neutralizing antibodies, an intravenous immunoglobulin preparation, and/or one or more antiviral compounds (e.g., ganciclovir, foscamet, cidofovir, or valganciclovir).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Shuji Sato, Sean Andre Beausoleil, Wan Cheung Cheung, Roberto D. Polakiewicz
  • Publication number: 20150110819
    Abstract: The invention provides Cockroach proteins, peptides, subsequences, portions, homologues, variants and derivatives thereof, and methods and uses and medicaments of such proteins, peptides, subsequences, portions, homologues, variants and derivatives thereof. Such methods, uses and medicaments include modulating an immune response, protecting a subject against or treating a subject for an allergic response, allergic disorder or allergic disease and inducing immunological tolerance to the allergen (e.g., Cockroach allergen) in a subject.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Alessandro Sette, Bjoern Peters, Jason Greenbaum
  • Publication number: 20150111222
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides, inter alia, genetically encoded recombinant peptide biosensors comprising analyte-binding framework portions and signaling portions, wherein the signaling portions are present within the framework portions at sites or amino acid positions that undergo a conformational change upon interaction of the framework portion with an analyte.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: HOWARD hUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Jonathan Marvin, Loren Looger, Richard T. Lee, Eric Schreiter
  • Publication number: 20150111262
    Abstract: This document describes biochemical pathways for producing glutaric acid, 5-aminopentanoic acid, 5-hydroxypentanoic acid, cadaverine or 1,5-pentanediol by forming one or two terminal functional groups, comprised of carboxyl, amine or hydroxyl group, in a C5 backbone substrate such as D-proline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Adriana Leonora Botes, Alex Van Eck Conradie
  • Publication number: 20150111251
    Abstract: TNF-? binding proteins, including chimeric, CDR-grafted, and humanized antibodies that bind TNF-? are provided. Binding proteins have high affinity for TNF-? and neutralize TNF-? activity. A binding protein can be a full-length antibody or a TNF-?-binding portion thereof. Methods of making and methods of using the binding proteins are also described. The TNF-? binding proteins are useful for detecting TNF-? and for inhibiting TNF-? activity, including in a human subject suffering from a disease or disorder in which TNF-? activity is detrimental.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Chung-ming HSIEH, Carrie GOODREAU, Tariq GHAYUR, Achim MOELLER, Sahana BOSE
  • Publication number: 20150110765
    Abstract: The present invention relates to isolated polypeptides having alpha-glucuronidase activity, catalytic domains and polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides, catalytic domains. The invention also relates to nucleic acid constructs, vectors, and host cells comprising the polynucleotides as well as methods of producing and using the polypeptides or catalytic domains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Johan Börjesson, Anders Vikø-Nielsen, Nikolaj Spodsberg, Kristian Krogh
  • Publication number: 20150111817
    Abstract: The invention provides materials and methods for the treatment of obesity and excess weight, diabetes, and other associated metabolic disorders. In particular, the invention provides novel glucagon analogue peptides effective in such methods. The peptides may mediate their effect by having increased selectivity for the GLP-1 receptor as compared to human glucagon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Ditte RIBER, Jakob Lind TOLBORG, Dieter Wolfgang HAMPRECHT
  • Publication number: 20150113671
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nucleic acids encoding peptides capable of binding to actin. The nucleic acids encoding the peptides are useful in methods for detecting actin in vitro or in living cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Roland Wedlich-Soldner, Michael Sixt, Julia Riedl, Alvaro Crevenna
  • Publication number: 20150105326
    Abstract: The present invention provides an isolated methyl degron peptide and a fusion protein comprising a methyl degron peptide. Also, the present invention provides screening methods for agents affecting protein lifespan and anti-cancer agents. Moreover, the present invention provides methods of controlling protein lifespan, regulating protein expression, and treating cancers by using a methyl degron peptide or a methyl degron gene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Seoul National University (SNU) R&D Foundation
    Inventor: Sung Hee BAEK
  • Publication number: 20150104452
    Abstract: The present invention relates to engineered multivalent and multispecific binding proteins, methods of making, and specifically to their uses in the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of disease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Tariq Ghayur, Edward B. Reilly, Andrew Phillips, Randy L. Bell, Yingchun Li, Hua Ying, Susan E. Morgan-Lappe, Gillian A. Kingsbury, Jieyi Wang, Suzanne M. Norvell, Junjian Liu
  • Publication number: 20150104833
    Abstract: By combination of hydrophobic chromatography and strongly basic anion-exchange chromatography, a novel, highly hydrophobic ?-glucosidase was successfully identified from Acremonium cellulolyticus. Further, a gene corresponding to the identified ?-glucosidase was isolated. When multiple modifications were introduced into the base sequence of the gene, the gene was successfully expressed in Trichoderma viride at a high level, and the expression product successfully exhibited a high ?-glucosidase activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: MEIJI SEIKA PHARMA CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Fumikazu YOKOYAMA, Kengo YOKOYAMA, Nobuko MAZUKA
  • Publication number: 20150104543
    Abstract: Improved systems for the biological production of organic acids are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Aaron Adriaan WINKLER, Abraham Frederik DE HULSTER, Johannes Pieter VAN DIJKEN, Jacobus Thomas PRONK, Joshua TRUEHEART, Kevin T. MADDEN, Carlos Gancedo RODRIGUEZ, Carmen-Lisset Flores MAURIZ, Antonius Jeroen Adriaan VAN MARIS, Jacob C. HARRISON
  • Publication number: 20150104851
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel mutants with cyclase activity and use thereof in a method for biocatalytic cyclization of terpenes, such as in particular for the production of isopulegol by cyclization of citronellal; a method for the preparation of menthol and methods for the biocatalytic conversion of further compounds with structural motifs similar to terpene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Breuer, Bernhard Hauer, Dieter Jendrossek, Gabrielle Siedenburg, Juergen Pleiss, Demet Sirim, Silvia Racolta
  • Patent number: 9005940
    Abstract: Recombinant microbial cells are disclosed herein that comprise (i) a down-regulation of an endogenous polynucleotide sequence encoding Sou2 sorbitol utilization protein, and (ii) a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) biosynthetic pathway. The down-regulation of the polynucleotide sequence encoding Sou2 sorbitol utilization protein can increase the lipid content of the microbial cells and/or decrease the total amount of sugar alcohols produced by the microbial cells. Also disclosed are methods of using the recombinant microbial cells to produce oil containing omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids such as EPA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: E I du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Quinn Qun Zhu, Seung-Pyo Hong, Dongming Xie, Zhixiong Xue, Hyeryoung Yoon, Michael Dauner
  • Patent number: 9006409
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for producing a secreted polypeptide having biological activity, comprising: (a) transforming a fungal host cell with a fusion protein construct encoding a fusion protein, which comprises: (i) a first polynucleotide encoding a signal peptide; (ii) a second polynucleotide encoding at least a catalytic domain of an endoglucanase or a portion thereof; and (iii) a third polynucleotide encoding at least a catalytic domain of a polypeptide having biological activity; wherein the signal peptide and at least the catalytic domain of the endoglucanase increases secretion of the polypeptide having biological activity compared to the absence of at least the catalytic domain of the endoglucanase; (b) cultivating the transformed fungal host cell under conditions suitable for production of the fusion protein; and (c) recovering the fusion protein, a component thereof, or a combination thereof, having biological activity, from the cultivation medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Novozymes, Inc.
    Inventor: Sandra Merino