Transformants Patents (Class 435/257.2)
  • Patent number: 11718857
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a suite of genetic tools suitable for engineering both the nucleus and chloroplast in diverse microalgae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Guarnieri, Jeffrey George Linger, Lukas Royce Dahlin
  • Patent number: 11566251
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to the fields of biotechnology, molecular biology and genetic engineering. In particular, the present disclosure relates to a genetically modified alga comprising a recombinant cytochrome c6 gene, methods of producing the same and applications thereof. The present disclosure also relates to a codon optimised nucleic acid sequence encoding a cytochrome c6 polypeptide, expression cassette, vectors and host cell thereof. In an embodiment, the present disclosure also relates to a method of increasing biomass and photosynthetic efficiency of algae.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Reliance Industries Limited
    Inventors: Arun Banerjee, Gautam Das, Sonal Santosh Patil, Sourav Sanyal, Smita Dattatraya Patil, Santanu Dasgupta
  • Patent number: 11401538
    Abstract: Recombinant DNA techniques are used to produce oleaginous recombinant cells that produce triglyceride oils having desired fatty acid profiles and regiospecific or stereospecific profiles. Genes manipulated include those encoding stearoyl-ACP desaturase, delta 12 fatty acid desaturase, acyl-ACP thioesterase, ketoacyl-ACP synthase, and lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase. The oil produced can have enhanced oxidative or thermal stability, or can be useful as a frying oil, shortening, roll-in shortening, tempering fat, cocoa butter replacement, as a lubricant, or as a feedstock for various chemical processes. The fatty acid profile can be enriched in midchain profiles or the oil can be enriched in triglycerides of the saturated-unsaturated-saturated type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Corbion Biotech, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Franklin, Aravind Somanchi, George Rudenko, Riyaz Bhat, Xinhua Zhao, Risha Bond, Walter Rakitsky, Alejandro Marangoni, Diza Braksmayer
  • Patent number: 11142753
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a ?-galactosidase mutant, and a preparation method and application thereof, belonging to the fields of gene engineering and enzyme engineering. Amino acids of specific sites in the ?-galactosidase are mutated, the ?-galactosidase is transferred into a recombinant bacterium, and enzymatic transformation is performed under optimized conditions, so that the yield of galactooligosaccharide produced by the mutant reaches 59.8%, which is increased by about 70% as compared with that of wild enzyme, thereby implementing the increase of the galactooligosaccharide yield. The present invention has very high industrialized application value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Assignee: JIANGNAN UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Jing Wu, Dan Wu, Xin Gao
  • Patent number: 10344305
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for the production of dielectric fluids from lipids produced by microorganisms are provided, including oil-bearing microorganisms and methods of low cost cultivation of such microorganisms. Microalgal cells containing exogenous genes encoding, for example, a sucrose transporter, a sucrose invertase, a fructokinase, a polysaccharide-degrading enzyme, a lipid pathway modification enzyme, a fatty acyl-ACP thioesterase, a desaturase, a fatty acyl-CoA/aldehyde reductase, and/or an acyl carrier protein are useful in manufacturing dielectric fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CORBION BIOTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Franklin, Walter Rakitsky, George Rudenko, Xinhua Zhao, Felipe Arana Rodriguez, Wenhua Lu, Janice Wee
  • Patent number: 10287613
    Abstract: Recombinant DNA techniques are used to produce oleaginous recombinant cells that produce triglyceride oils having desired fatty acid profiles and regiospecific or stereospecific profiles. Genes manipulated include those encoding stearoyl-ACP desturase, delta 12 fatty acid desaturase, acyl-ACP thioesterase, ketoacyl-ACP synthase, and lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase. The oil produced can have enhanced oxidative or thermal stability, or can be useful as a frying oil, shortening, roll-in shortening, tempering fat, cocoa butter replacement, as a lubricant, or as a feedstock for various chemical processes. The fatty acid profile can be enriched in midchain profiles or the oil can be enriched in triglycerides of the saturated-unsaturated-saturated type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: CORBION BIOTECH, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Franklin, Aravind Somanchi, George N. Rudenko, Riyaz Bhat, Xinhua Zhao, Risha Bond, Walter Rakitsky, Alejandro Marangoni, Diza Braksmayer
  • Patent number: 9771605
    Abstract: The present invention is related to biosynthetic oil compositions and methods of making thereof. In some embodiments, the invention relates to the use of endogenous enzymes in plants capable of synthesizing oil. In preferred embodiments, said plants are algae. In further embodiments, said algae are from the family Chlamydomonas, Nannochloropsis, Dunaliella, Chiarella and Scenedesmus. In still further embodiments, said endogenous enzymes are diacylglycerol acyltransferases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventors: Christoph Benning, Rachel Miller, Eric R. Moellering
  • Patent number: 9551017
    Abstract: Recombinant DNA techniques are used to produce oleaginous recombinant cells that produce triglyceride oils having desired fatty acid profiles and regiospecific or stereospecific profiles. Genes manipulated include those encoding stearoyl-ACP desturase, delta 12 fatty acid desaturase, acyl-ACP thioesterase, ketoacyl-ACP synthase, and lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase. The oil produced can have enhanced oxidative or thermal stability, or can be useful as a frying oil, shortening, roll-in shortening, tempering fat, cocoa butter replacement, as a lubricant, or as a feedstock for various chemical processes. The fatty acid profile can be enriched in midchain profiles or the oil can be enriched in triglycerides of the saturated-unsaturated-saturated type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: TerraVia Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Franklin, Aravind Somanchi, George Rudenko, Riyaz Bhat, Xinhua Zhao, Risha Bond, Walter Rakitsky, Alejandro Marangoni, Diza Braksmayer
  • Patent number: 9475844
    Abstract: A method of producing an agent capable of eliciting immune response against White Spot Syndrome Baculovirus complex in crustaceans of Penaeidae family upon ingestion of the agent comprising the steps of introducing a vector containing genetic sequence of Seq. No 1 into an alga to transform the algae; and cultivating the transformed algae to express modified VP28 peptides according to the genetic sequence of Seq. No. 1 to obtain the agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: UNIVERSITI MALAYA
    Inventors: Phang Siew Moi, Gan Sook Yee, Ung Eng Huan, Rofina Yasmin Othman, Awang Muhammad Sagaf Abu Bakar
  • Patent number: 9458438
    Abstract: An isolated protein which is at least partially encoded by a polynucleotide sequence encoding a novel sulfotransferase is provided together with a composition which includes the isolated protein. A transgenic organism transformed by a polynucleotide encoding a protein which is at least partially encoded by a novel sulfotransferase is also provided. The invention also includes a process for in-vivo and in-vitro making a sulfated polysaccharide from an unsulfated polysaccharide or increasing the sulfur content of an already sulfated polysaccharide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Ben Gurion University of the Negev Research and Development Authority
    Inventors: Shoshana Arad, Lena Plesser, Yaakov Weinstein
  • Patent number: 9249441
    Abstract: Recombinant DNA techniques are used to produce oleaginous recombinant cells that produce triglyceride oils having desired fatty acid profiles and regiospecific or stereospecific profiles. Genes manipulated include those encoding stearoyl-ACP desturase, delta 12 fatty acid desaturase, acyl-ACP thioesterase, ketoacyl-ACP synthase, and lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase. The oil produced can have enhanced oxidative or thermal stability, or can be useful as a frying oil, shortening, roll-in shortening, tempering fat, cocoa butter replacement, as a lubricant, or as a feedstock for various chemical processes. The fatty acid profile can be enriched in midchain profiles or the oil can be enriched in triglycerides of the saturated-unsaturated-saturated type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Solazyme, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Franklin, Aravind Somanchi, George Rudenko, Riyaz Bhat, Xinhua Zhao, Risha Bond, Walter Rakitsky, Alejandro Marangoni, Diza Braksmayer
  • Publication number: 20150147790
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel genes encoding Class II acyl-ACP thioesterases and variants thereof that are active on C8, C10, C12, C14, C16, and C18 acyl-ACP substrates. The thioesterases can be introduced into transgenic organisms, including microorganisms and photosynthetic organisms, for producing fatty acids and fatty acid products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Gordon Roessler, Gena Roy
  • 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: 20150147782
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light-inducible promoter and a gene expression system containing the same, and provides: a light-inducible promoter comprising a nucleotide sequence represented by SEQ ID NO: 12; and a method for producing heterologous proteins using the same. Since the light-inducible promoter of the present invention induces the expression of a gene by the irradiation of light and regulates an expression amount of the gene according to an intensity of light, it is possible to conveniently regulate the expression of the gene without straining the growth or metabolic process of an organism. In addition, the present invention can be applied to various types of organisms, and thus has a wide range of application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Eon Seon Jin, Jae Hyeok Lee, Seung Hye Park, Kwang Ryul Baek
  • Publication number: 20150141714
    Abstract: The disclosed invention provides methods and compositions for increasing terpenoid production, such as sesquiterpenoids, such as farnesene, in plant cells.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Joshua Blakeslee, Katrina Cornish, Oswald Crasta, Otto Folkerts, Dave Jessen, Ramesh Nair
  • 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: 20150140622
    Abstract: The present invention provides reagents and methods for biomaterial production from cyanobacteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Hatem Mohammed, Willem Vermaas
  • Publication number: 20150140666
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses a phototrophic microorganism with altered and controlled adhesive properties. One aspect of the present invention encompasses a genetically modified phototrophic microorganism capable of controlled adhesion. The microorganism comprises a recombinant nucleic acid construct, wherein the nucleic acid construct comprises an inducible promoter operably-linked to a nucleic acid encoding an adhesion protein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Arizona Board of Regents For and On Behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Michael L. Fisher, Roy Curtiss III, Rebecca Custer Allen
  • Publication number: 20150140619
    Abstract: A method comprising a series of selective extraction techniques for the parallel production of biodiesel and isolation of several valuable co-products including an alkenone hydrocarbon mixture of the kerosene/jet fuel range (primarily C10-, C12-, and C17-hydrocarbons) and fucoxanthin, a high-valued carotenoid, from the marine alkenone-producing microalgae Isochrysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2015
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Christopher M. Reddy, Gregory W. O'Neil
  • Publication number: 20150140592
    Abstract: Methods and compositions are provided for engineering microorganisms, which permit enhanced H2 production. The methods and compositions provided include novel chimeric gene constructs encoding H2-forming H2ase and maturation proteins, allowing for generation of H2 continuously in large quantities. In one illustrated embodiment, novel engineered algae are provided with increased levels of H2 production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Svetlana Oard
  • Publication number: 20150132330
    Abstract: Provided herein are flu hemagglutinin polypeptides, including chimeric influenza virus hemagglutinin polypeptides, and flu hemagglutinin polypeptides comprising modified glycosylation sites and non-naturally glycosylation sites, compositions comprising the same, vaccines comprising the same and methods of their use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, Peter Palese, Florian Krammer, Natalie Pica, Dirk Eggink, Rafael A. Medina-Silva, Rong Hai
  • Patent number: 9029124
    Abstract: The present disclosure identifies methods and compositions for modifying photoautotrophic organisms as hosts, such that the organisms efficiently convert inorganic carbon and light into n-alkanes, and in particular the use of such organisms for the commercial production of n-alkanes and related molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Joule Unlimited Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Eric Robertson, Christian Perry Ridley, Nikos Basil Reppas, Jacob Carter Harrison, Michael Connor, Frank Anthony Skraly
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9024110
    Abstract: This invention discloses the development of a novel platform for recombinant production of bioactive glycoproteins and cancer specific vaccines in plants. Plants and plant cell cultures have been humanized with respect to human mucin-type protein O-glycosylation. A panel of plant cell factories for production of recombinant glycoproteins with designed human O-glycosylation, including an improved cancer vaccine candidate, has been developed. The platform provides basis for i) production of an essentially unlimited array of O-glycosylated human glycoprotein therapeutics, such as human interferon ?2B and podoplanin, and ii) for further engineering of additional cancer specific O-glycans on glycoproteins of therapeutical value. Currently, mammalian cells are required for human O-glycosylation, but plants offer a unique cell platform for engineering O-glycosylation since they do not perform human type O-glycosylation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Zhang Yang, Damian Paul Drew, Emma Adhiambo Arigi, Peter Ulvskov, Steven B. Levery, Eric Bennett, Henrik Clausen, Brent Larsen Petersen
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 9018013
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions and methods for the genetic manipulation of Algal cells. The compositions and methods allow enhanced transfer of genetic material into Algal cells and the cloning and selection of genetically modified cells. Expression of proteins encoded by the genetic material will be enhanced by the methods and compositions of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Farzad Haerizadeh, Todd Peterson, Wen Chen, Ewa Lis
  • 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: 20150112045
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transformed microalga including a nucleic acid sequence operatively linked to a promoter, wherein the nucleic acid sequence encodes an amino acid sequence including (i) an heterologous signal peptide; and (ii) a therapeutic antibody, a functional fragment or a derivative thereof, the transformed microalga expressing the therapeutic antibody, functional fragment or derivative thereof secreted in the extracellular media and the microalga being selected among green algae except Volvocales, and among red algae, chromalveolates, and euglenids. Preferably, therapeutic antibody, functional fragment or derivative thereof has an increased antibody-dependant cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) and a low fucose content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: ALGENICS
    Inventors: Aude Carlier, Remy Michel, Alexandre Lejeune, Jean-Paul Cadoret
  • 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
  • Patent number: 9012616
    Abstract: The present invention relates to recombinant cells and microorganisms of the phylum Labyrinthulomycota and their use in heterologous protein production. Novel promoter, terminator, and signal sequences for efficient production and, optionally, secretion of polypeptides from recombinant host cells and microorganisms are also encompassed by the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Kirk E. Apt, James Casey Lippmeier, David Simpson, Jun Wang, James P. Wynn, Ross Zirkle
  • Patent number: 9012197
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to recombinant microalgal cells and their use in production of heterologous hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) polypeptides, as well as compositions and uses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignees: Merial, Inc., Sanofi Vaccine Technologies, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Anne-C├ęcile V. Bayne, James Casey Lippmeier, Kirk Emil Apt, Xuan Guo, Joyce A. Pritchard
  • Publication number: 20150104854
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to the engineering of phototrophic microorganisms for conversion of alkanes into higher-value products. Recombinant phototrophic organisms such as cyanobacteria can be engineered, optionally in a modular format, to express enzymes involved in converting methane to methanol, methanol to formaldehyde, formaldehyde to central metabolic pathway intermediates, and such intermediates to n-butanol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Abhay Singh, Himadri Pakrasi, Ganesh M. Kishore
  • Publication number: 20150104875
    Abstract: Provided herein are exemplary isolated nucleotide sequences encoding polypeptides having elongase activity, which utilize fatty acids as substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: OLIVER KILIAN, Bertrand Vick
  • Patent number: 8999682
    Abstract: Disclosed are the uses of specific genes of the mevalonate and isoprenoid biosynthetic pathways, and of inactive gene sites (the pseudogene) to (1) enhance biosynthesis of isopentenyl diphosphate, dimethylallyl diphosphate and isoprenoid pathway derived products in the plastids of transgenic plants and microalgae, (2) create novel antibiotic resistant transgenic plants and microalgae, and (3) create a novel selection system and/or targeting sites for mediating the insertion of genetic material into plant and microalgae plastids. The specific polynucleotides to be used, solely or in any combination thereof, are publicly available from GeneBank and contain open reading frames having sequences that upon expression will produce active proteins with the following enzyme activities: (a) acetoacetyl CoA thiolase (EC 2.3.1.9), (b) 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) synthase (EC 4.1.3.5), (c) HMG-CoA reductase (EC 1.1.1.34), (d) mevalonate kinase (EC 2.7.1.36), (e) phosphomevalonate kinase (EC 2.7.4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignees: Danisco US Inc., Kuehnle Agrosystems Company LLC
    Inventors: Frederick M. Hahn, Adelheid R. Kuehnle
  • Publication number: 20150093495
    Abstract: A method for producing a secreted recombinant polypeptide sequence is provided. In some embodiments it comprises providing a recombinant microorganism comprising a recombinant nucleic acid comprising a first nucleic acid sequence encoding the recombinant polypeptide sequence operatively linked to a second nucleic acid sequence encoding a signal peptide; and culturing the recombinant microorganism in a culture medium under conditions sufficient for production and secretion of the recombinant protein by the recombinant microorganism. In some embodiments the coding sequence for the signal peptide is not native to the recombinant microorganism. In some embodiments the recombinant microorganism is photo synthetic. Also provided are recombinant photosynthetic microorganisms, isolated polypeptides comprising a signal peptide comprising an amino acid sequence disclosed herein, and isolated nucleic acids comprising a coding sequence for one of the signal peptides, among other things.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Pronutria, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaozhong Shen, David M. Young, Subhayu Basu, Katherine G. Gora, Carine Robichon-Iyer, Nathaniel W. Silver, David Arthur Berry
  • Publication number: 20150093781
    Abstract: The invention relates to an isolated, genetically modified, living non-mammal organism, having increased HMG-CoA-reductase activity compared to the wild type, and having reduced C24-methyltransferase and/or delta22-desaturase activity compared to the wild type. The invention is characterized in that the organism has increased dehydrocholesterol-delta70-reductase activity compared to the wild type. The invention further relates to different uses of such an organism, to a test kit comprising such an organism, and to a membrane extract of such an organism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Schilling, Christine Lang, Andreas Raab
  • Patent number: 8993275
    Abstract: The present invention relates to isolated polypeptides having cellobiohydrolase 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: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Novozymes, Inc.
    Inventor: Nikolaj Spodsberg
  • Patent number: 8993305
    Abstract: The invention provides for methods for the production of mevalonate, isoprene, isoprenoid precursor molecules, and/or isoprenoids in cells via the heterologous expression of phosphoketolase enzymes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignees: Danisco US Inc., The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
    Inventors: Zachary Q. Beck, Andrew C. Eliot, Caroline M. Peres, Dmitrii V. Vaviline
  • Publication number: 20150087604
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polypeptide that is capable of inhibiting transcription and expression of fatty acid synthase (FAS) and the polynucleotides encoding therefor, as well as the use thereof. Specifically, the present invention relates to a polypeptide that can inhibit the transcription and expression of FAS at the molecular level, the cellular level and in vivo, and can therefore prevent the overexpression of FAS. Said polypeptide and related peptidomimetics, including functional fragments or functional varieties thereof, and the genes encoding therefor, can be widely used in preventing and treating tumors such as liver cancer, and diseases closely related to the metabolism of fatty acid synthase, such as fatty liver and obesity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Xiaodong Zhang, Lihong Ye
  • Publication number: 20150089690
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides novel genes, identified from a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cDNA library that when over expressed in algae confer sodium hypochlorite resistance to the organism. The present disclosure also provides methods of using the novel genes, and organism transformed by the novel genes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Applicant: SAPPHIRE ENERGY, INC
    Inventors: Christopher Yohn, Eric N. Hampton
  • Publication number: 20150079643
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a recombinant microorganism engineered to express an enzyme which catalyzes the conversion of a primary amine and an acyl thioester to a fatty amide. The disclosure further encompasses a method of producing a fatty amide by culturing the recombinant microorganism in the presence of a carbon source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: REG Life Sciences, LLC.
    Inventors: Jason J. Lutes, Stephen del Cardayre
  • Publication number: 20150079645
    Abstract: Some aspects of this invention relate to methods useful for the conversion of a carbon source to a biofuel or biofuel precursor using engineered microbes. Some aspects of this invention relate to the discovery of a key regulator of lipid metabolism in microbes. Some aspects of this invention relate to engineered microbes for biofuel or biofuel precursor production.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Gregory Stephanopoulos, Syed Hussain Imam Abidi
  • Publication number: 20150073163
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of cultivating oil-bearing microbes using xylose as a fixed carbon source. Also provided are microorganisms that have been genetically engineered to metabolize xylose as a fixed carbon source allowing them to convert xylose into oils. Particular advantages of the processes provided herein include production of oils rather than alcohols through the microbial fermentation processes utilizing xylose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Penelope Chua, Aravind Somanchi
  • Publication number: 20150064751
    Abstract: The embodiments described herein pertain to cells, and methods for preparing cells, that can be used as biocatalysts by altering enzymes that compete for a substrate or product of a pathway of interest such that the targeted enzyme is sensitive to a site-specific protease, which protease is expressed but relocated in the cell to a site where it is not in contact with the targeted enzyme in the intact cell. Upon cell lysis, the protease contacts the target enzyme, which is then inactivated by protease cleavage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicants: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, GreenLight Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Swartz
  • Publication number: 20150064782
    Abstract: The invention relates to compositions and methods, including polynucleotide sequences, amino acid sequences, recombinant host cells and recombinant host cell cultures engineered to produce fatty acid derivative compositions comprising fatty acids, fatty alcohols, fatty aldehydes, fatty esters, alkanes, terminal olefins, internal olefins or ketones. The fatty acid derivative composition is produced extracellularly with a higher titer, yield or productivity than the corresponding wild type or non-engineered host cell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: REG LIFE SCIENCES, LLC
    Inventors: Derek L. Greenfield, Andreas W. Schirmer, Elizabeth J. Clarke, Eli S. Groban, Bernardo M. Da Costa, Zhihao Hu
  • Publication number: 20150067921
    Abstract: A method of gene editing or gene stacking within a FAD3 loci by cleaving, in a site directed manner, a location in a FAD3 gene in a cell, to generate a break in the FAD3 gene and then ligating into the break a nucleic acid molecule associated with one or more traits of interest is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicants: Sangamo BioSciences, Inc., Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventors: Noel Cogan, John Forster, Matthew Hayden, Tim Sawbridge, German Spangenberg, Steven R. Webb, Manju Gupta, William Michael Ainley, Matthew J. Henry, Jeffrey C. Miller, Dmitry Y. Guschin
  • Publication number: 20150065557
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods for controlling pest infestation using double stranded RNA molecules. The invention provides methods for producing transgenic cells expressing the double stranded RNA molecules, as well as compositions and commodity products containing or treated with such molecules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: DEVGEN NV
    Inventors: Romaan RAEMAEKERS, Pascale FELDMANN, Geert PLAETINCK, Irene NOOREN, Els VAN BLEU, Frederic PECQUEUR, Laurent KUBLER, Nicole DAMME, Lies DEGRAVE, Isabel REMORY, Thierry BOGAERT
  • Publication number: 20150064760
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a non-naturally occurring microorganism comprising: one or more polynucleotides encoding one or more enzymes in a pathway that produces acetyl-CoA; one or more polynucleotides encoding one or more enzymes in a pathway that catalyze a conversion of crotonyl alcohol, 5-hydroxy-3-ketovaleryl-CoA, 3-ketopent-4-enoyl-CoA, or 3,5-ketovaleryl-CoA to butadiene; one or more polynucleotides encoding one or more enzymes in a pathway that catalyze a conversion of dihydroxyacetone-phosphate to 1-propanol and/or 1,2-propanediol, wherein the microorganism has reduced levels of pyruvate decarboxylase enzymatic activity (e.g., the microorganism comprises a disruption of one or more enzymes that decarboxylate pyruvate and/or a disruption of one or more transcription factors of one or more enzymes that decarboxylate pyruvate), and wherein the microorganism is capable of growing on a C6 sugar as a sole carbon source under anaerobic conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Johana Rincones Perez, Juan Diego Rojas Rojas, Ane Fernanda Beraldi Zeidler, Aline Silva Romao Dumaresq, Marilene Elizabete Pavan Rodrigues, Iuri Estrada Gouvea, Felipe Galzerani, Daniel Johannes Koch, Lucas Pedersen Parizzi, Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, Thomas Martin Halder, Antonio Luis Ribeiro De Castro Morschbacker, Avram Michael Slovic
  • Publication number: 20150064759
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a non-naturally occurring microorganism comprising: one or more polynucleotides encoding one or more enzymes in a pathway that produces acetyl-CoA; one or more polynucleotides encoding one or more enzymes in a pathway that catalyze a conversion of cytosolic acetyl-CoA to 2-propanol; one or more polynucleotides encoding one or more enzymes in a pathway that catalyze a conversion of dihydroxyacetone-phosphate to 1-propanol and/or 1,2-propanediol, wherein the microorganism has reduced levels of pyruvate decarboxylase enzymatic activity (e.g., the microorganism comprises a disruption of one or more enzymes that decarboxylate pyruvate and/or a disruption of one or more transcription factors of one or more enzymes that decarboxylate pyruvate), and wherein the microorganism is capable of growing on a C6 sugar as a sole carbon source under anaerobic conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Johana Rincones Perez, Juan Diego Rojas Rojas, Ane Fernanda Beraldi Zeidler, Aline Silva Romao Dumaresq, Marilene Elizabete Pavan Rodrigues, Iuri Estrada Gouvea, Felipe Galzerani, Daniel Johannes Koch, Lucas Pedersen Parizzi, Mateus Schreiner Garcez Lopes, Thomas Martin Halder, Antonio Luis Ribeiro De Castro Morschbacker, Avram Michael Slovic