Insect Cell, Per Se Patents (Class 435/348)
  • Publication number: 20150093795
    Abstract: The present invention relates tocutinasevariants. 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: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Aditya Basu, Naik Sangeeta, Santhosh Mepadam Vasu, Paul Pritish, Rakhi Saikia, Allan Svendsen
  • Publication number: 20150094450
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an repebody capable of binding specifically to interleukin-6 (IL-6) to inhibit the biological activity of IL-6, a polynucleotide encoding the repebody, a vector comprising the polynucleotide, a recombinant microorganism having introduced therein the polynucleotide or the vector, a method of producing the repebody using the recombinant microorganism, a composition for preventing or treating cancer, which comprises the repebody, and a method for preventing or treating cancer, which comprises administering the composition for preventing or treating cancer, which comprises the repebody. The repebody of the present invention significantly reduces the activity of STAT3 and the concentration of interleukin-6, and thus can be widely used as an agent for preventing or treating IL-6-related diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicants: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THE INDUSTRY & ACADEMIC COOPERATION IN CHUNGNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (IAC), KOREA BASIC SCIENCE INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Hak-Sung Kim, Joong-Jae Lee, Jung Min Choi, Eun-Kyeong Jo, Chul-Su Yang, Hae-Kap Cheong, Hyun Jung Kim
  • Publication number: 20150093794
    Abstract: The invention relates to the production of glucuronic and glucaric acid in cells through recombinant expression of myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase, myo-inositol oxygenase and uronate dehydrogenase. Cloning and characterization of the gene encoding uronate dehydrogenase is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: TAE SEOK MOON, Sang-Hwal Yoon, Kristala Lanett Jones Prather
  • Publication number: 20150093357
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a therapeutic polypeptide and methods for its creation and use for modulating an immune response in a host organism in need thereof. In particular, the invention relates to the administration to an organism in need thereof, of an effective amount of a pre-coupled polypeptide complex comprising a lymphokine polypeptide portion, for example IL-15 (SEQ ID NO: 5, 6), IL-2 (SEQ ID NO: 10, 12) or combinations of both, and an interleukin receptor polypeptide portion, for example IL-15Ra (SEQ ID NO: 7, 8), IL-2Ra (SEQ ID NO: 9, 11) or combinations of both, for augmenting the immune system in, for example, cancer, SCID, AIDS, or vaccination; or inhibiting the immune system in, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, or Lupus. The therapeutic complex of the invention surprisingly demonstrates increased half-life, and efficacy in vivo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT
    Inventors: Leo Lefrancois, Thomas A. Stoklasek
  • Publication number: 20150093790
    Abstract: The disclosure provides thermostable enzymes isolated from Caldicellulosiruptor bescii and fragments thereof useful for the degradation of cellulose and/or hemicellulose, including thermostable cellulases and hemicellulases. The disclosure further provides nucleic acids encoding the thermostable enzymes of the disclosure. The disclosure also provides methods for the conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into fermentable sugars using thermostable enzymes of the disclosure. The disclosure also provides enzyme cocktails containing multiple enzymes disclosed herein. The enzymes can be used to release sugars present in cellulose or hemicellulose for subsequent fermentation to produce value-added products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: The Board pf Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Yejun Han, Xiaoyun Su, Dylan Dodd, Roderick I. Mackie, Issac K.O. Cann
  • Publication number: 20150094271
    Abstract: A leucine zipper variant, a polynucleotide encoding the leucine zipper variant, a method of preparing a leucine zipper variant, a method of inhibiting HDM2- and/or HDMX using the leucine zipper variant, and a method of the prevention and/or treatment of cancer using the leucine zipper variant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Jung-Hoon Lee, Eunji Kang, Hye Yoon Kang, Dongkyu Shin, Jae Il Lee, Jieun Han, Jung Min Lee
  • Publication number: 20150093404
    Abstract: Vaccination methods to control PCV2 infection with different PCV2 subtypes are disclosed. Specifically, a PCV2 subtype b (PCV2b) ORF2 proteins or immunogenic compositions comprising a PCV2b ORF2 protein are used in a method for the treatment or prevention of an infection with PCV2 of the same PCV2b and/or different subtype; the reduction, prevention or treatment of clinical signs caused by an infection with PCV2 of the same PCV2b or a different subtype; and/or the prevention or treatment of a disease caused by an infection with PCV2 of the same PCV2b and/or a different subtype. The present invention in particular relates to PCV2 subtype b (PCV2b) ORF2 proteins characterized in that they contain at least one mutation in the BC loop that such that the expressed protein is preferably expressed in a higher amount compared to a PCV2 ORF2 protein that does not contain such mutation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM VETMEDICA, INC.
    Inventors: Luis Alejandro HERNANDEZ, Christine Margaret MUEHLENTHALER, Eric Martin VAUGHN, Gregory HAIWICK
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150093792
    Abstract: The present invention relates to isolated polypeptides having glucoamylase activity and isolated 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: November 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Sara Landvik, Marc Dominique Morant, Keiichi Ayabe, Guillermo Coward-Kelly
  • Publication number: 20150093354
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure provides a method and enzyme for forming various compounds, such as monoterpenes and monoterpenoid compounds. In a specific example, the present disclosure provides a method for producing one or more of (?)-ipsdienol, (?)-ipsenol, ipsenone, and ipsdienone. The present disclosure also provides methods of using compounds formed from the disclosed method and enzyme.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, on Behalf of the University of Nevada
    Inventors: Claus Tittiger, Rubi Figueroa-Teran, Gary J. Blomquist
  • Publication number: 20150093782
    Abstract: Compositions for reducing fucosylation of glycoproteins in insect cells are provided. Also disclosed are methods of use of such compositions for the production of recombinant humanized proteins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: HIDEAKI MABASHI-ASAZUMA, DONALD L. JARVIS
  • Patent number: 8993743
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nucleic acid molecule encoding a chimeric protein having the biochemical activity of a surface active protein, wherein said chimeric protein comprises: (a) an N-terminal portion of a first surface active protein, wherein the N-terminal portion is devoid of between 0 and 10 of the most N-terminal amino acids of the mature first surface active protein; and, C-terminally thereof, (b) a C-terminal portion of a second surface active protein, wherein the C-terminal portion is devoid of between 0 and 10 of the most C-terminal amino acids of the mature second surface active protein. The present invention further relates to a vector, a non-human host and a method for the production of a chimeric protein having the biochemical activity of a surface active protein. In addition, the present invention relates to a chimeric protein encoded by the nucleic acid molecule of the invention and a composition comprising the chimeric protein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: B.R.A.I.N. Biotechnology Research and Information Network AG
    Inventors: Guido Meurer, Esther Gabor, Anke Bachert, J├╝rgen Eck
  • Publication number: 20150089687
    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 novel variants of antipathogenic polypeptides generated through DNA shuffling that exhibit improved antipathogenic activity. Polynucleotides that encode the antipathogenic polypeptides are also provided. A method for inducing pathogen resistance in a plant using the polynucleotides disclosed herein is further provided. Compositions comprising an antipathogenic polypeptide or a microorganism comprising an antipathogenic polynucleotide of the invention in combination with a carrier and methods of using these compositions to protect a plant from a pathogen are further provided. Plants, plant cells, seeds, and microorganisms comprising an antipathogenic polynucleotide or polypeptide of the invention are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: JAMES J. ENGLISH, AZALEA S. ONG, NASSER YALPANI
  • Publication number: 20150087596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to Huwentoxin-IV variants, polynucleotides encoding them, methods of making and using the foregoing, and methods of alleviating pain with peptide inhibitors of Nav1.7.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: William Eckert, Mack Flinspach, Michael Hunter, Yi Liu, Robert Neff, Alan Wickenden, Alan Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20150080295
    Abstract: The invention provides materials and methods for promoting weight loss or preventing weight gain, and in the treatment of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and associated 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: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Zealand Pharma A/S
    Inventors: Eddi MEIER, Ditte Riber, Marie Skovgaard, Bjarne Due Larsen, Jens Rosengren Daugaard
  • Publication number: 20150079589
    Abstract: This invention relates to nucleic acids, reagents and methods for detecting Rifampicin-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a sample from a subject. In one aspect, the invention provides methods of detecting Rifampicin resistant M. tuberculosis in a sample comprising (a) amplifying a nucleic acid containing the rifampicin resistance determining region (RRDR) of the rpoB gene in a sample to provide an amplified nucleic acid; (b) probing the amplified nucleic acid with at least three molecular beacon probes for an RRDR mutant target; (c) conducting melting temperature (Tm) analysis to determine a Tm value for each probe; and (d) comparing the Tm value for each probe with a Tm value for a wild-type RRDR region, wherein a Tm value for at least one of the molecular beacon probes that is greater than the Tm value for the wildtype RRDR indicates the presence of rifampicin resistant M. tuberculosis in the sample.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: David Alland, Soumitesh Chakravorty
  • Publication number: 20150079127
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of veterinary parasitology, especially of canine Babesiosis. In particular the invention relates to a polypeptide being a novel canine Babesia antigen (CBA), or fragments thereof, and to compositions comprising this antigen, to nucleic acids encoding the antigen, antibodies against the antigen, and medical uses of this antigen, fragments, antibodies, or encoding nucleic acids. In particular the invention relates to the use of such components in vaccines against canine Babesiosis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Theodorus Petrus Maria Schetters, Karina Moubri-Menage, Jos Kleuskens, Andreas Walter Claudius Rohwer
  • Publication number: 20150080293
    Abstract: The present invention relates to chemical compounds, methods for their discovery, and their therapeutic and research use. In particular, the present invention provides antiviral and antimicrobial lectin compounds and methods of their use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: David Markovitz, Michael Swanson, Irwin Goldstein, Harry Winter
  • Publication number: 20150082493
    Abstract: The present invention relates to GH61 polypeptide variants. 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: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Janine Lin, Doreen Bohan, Michelle Maranta, Leslie Beresford, Michael Lamsa, Matt Sweeney, Mark Wogulis, Elizabeth Znameroski, Frank Winther Rasmussen
  • Publication number: 20150079638
    Abstract: Disclosed are variants of Humicola grisea CeI7A (CBH1.1), H. jecorina CBH1 variant or S. thermophilium CBH1, nucleic acids encoding the same and methods for producing the same. The variant cellulases have the amino acid sequence of a glycosyl hydrolase of family 7A wherein one or more amino acid residues are substituted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Danisco US Inc.
    Inventors: Frits GOEDEGEBUUR, Peter Gualfetti, Colin Mitchinson, Edmund Larenas
  • Publication number: 20150072383
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides engineered transaminase polypeptides for the production of amines, polynucleotides encoding the engineered transaminases, host cells capable of expressing the engineered transaminases, and methods of using the engineered transaminases to prepare compounds useful in the production of active pharmaceutical agents. The present disclosure provides engineered polypeptides having transaminase activity, polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides, methods of the making the polypeptides, and methods of using the polypeptides for the biocatalytic conversion of ketone substrates to amine products. The present enzymes have been engineered to have one or more residue differences as compared to the amino acid sequence of the naturally occurring transaminase of Vibrio fluvialis. In particular, the transaminases of the present disclosure have been engineered for efficient formation of chiral tryptamine derivatives from its corresponding prochiral ketone substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jovana Nazor, Derek Smith, Michael Crowe, Shiwei Song, Steven J. Collier
  • Publication number: 20150071883
    Abstract: The invention provides improved adeno-associated virus (AAV) Factor VIII (FVIII) vectors, including AAV FVIII vectors that produce a functional Factor VIII polypeptide and AAV FVIII vectors with high expression activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Cameron Colosi
  • Publication number: 20150072932
    Abstract: The present invention relates to polypeptides and their uses as apelin inhibitors. More particularly, the present invention relates to a polypeptide comprising the sequence as set forth in SEQ ID NO:1 wherein at least one arginine residue at position 18, 19, 22 or 23 has been substituted or deleted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Geraldine Siegfried, Abdel-Majid Khatib
  • Publication number: 20150072353
    Abstract: Analyte sensors, methods for producing and using analyte sensors, methods of detecting and/or measuring analyte activity, detecting pH change, and/or, controlling the concentration of an analyte in a system, are disclosed. Embodiments of the analyte sensors according to the disclosure can provide an accurate and convenient method for characterizing analyte activity, detecting pH change, controlling the concentration of an analyte in a system, and the like, in both in vivo and in vitro environments, in particular in living cell imaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Jenny Jie Yang, Shen Tang
  • Publication number: 20150064159
    Abstract: Methods and compositions relating to the engineering of an improved protein with methionine-?-lyase enzyme activity are described. For example, in certain aspects there may be disclosed a modified cystathionine-?-lyase (CGL) comprising one or more amino acid substitutions and capable of degrading methionine. Furthermore, certain aspects of the invention provide compositions and methods for the treatment of cancer with methionine depletion using the disclosed proteins or nucleic acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: George GEORGIOU, Everett STONE, Wei-Cheng LU
  • Publication number: 20150064154
    Abstract: Methods and compositions related to the use of a protein with kynureninase activity are described. For example, in certain aspects there may be disclosed a modified kynureninase capable of degrading kynurenine. Furthermore, certain aspects of the invention provide compositions and methods for the treatment of cancer with kynurenine depletion using the disclosed proteins or nucleic acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: George GEORGIOU, Everett STONE
  • Publication number: 20150064160
    Abstract: Methods and compositions related to the engineering of a protein with L-cyst(e)ine degrading enzyme activity are described. For example, in certain aspects there may be disclosed a modified cystathionine-?-lyase comprising one or more amino acid substitutions and capable of degrading L-cyst(e)ine. Furthermore, certain aspects of the invention provide compositions and methods for the treatment of cancer with L-cyst(e)ine using the disclosed proteins or nucleic acids.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
    Inventors: George GEORGIOU, Everett STONE
  • Publication number: 20150064192
    Abstract: Purified genes encoding a T cell surface antigen from a mammal, reagents related thereto including purified proteins, specific antibodies, and nucleic acids encoding this antigen are provided. Methods of using said reagents and diagnostic kits are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: DANIEL M. GORMAN, TROY D. RANDALL, ALBERT ZLOTNIK
  • Publication number: 20150064185
    Abstract: Drug compositions, fusions and conjugates are provided. The drug fusions and conjugates contain a therapeutic or diagnostic agent that is fused or conjugated to an antigen-binding fragment of an antibody that binds serum albumin. The drug compositions, fusions and conjugates have a longer in vivo half-life in comparison with the unconjugated or unfused therapeutic or diagnostic agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Lucy J. HOLT, Ian M. Tomlinson
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8969005
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for diagnosis and treatment of ALS are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventor: Aaron D. Gitler
  • Publication number: 20150056240
    Abstract: The present invention concerns methods and compositions for treating or preventing a bacterial infection, particularly infection by a Staphylococcus bacterium. The invention provides methods and compositions for stimulating an immune response against the bacteria. In certain embodiments, the methods and compositions involve a non-toxigenic Protein A (SpA) variant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Olaf SCHNEEWIND, Alice G. Cheng, Dominique M. Missiakas, Hwan Keun Kim
  • Patent number: 8961977
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anti-idiotypic polypeptide scaffold that includes two or more peptide sequences that mimic a discontinuous epitope of a pathogen that is recognized by or induces formation of a broadly neutralizing antibody. Using a fibronectin FNfn10 scaffold bearing two or more modified discontinuous loops, scaffolds that recognize broadly neutralizing antibodies in vitro and from patient serum have been identified. These scaffolds should induce an immune response or mobilize germline specificities to initiate their affinity maturation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: University of Rochester
    Inventors: Stephen Dewhurst, Mark A. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20150050739
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for carrying out recombination at a target locus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Noel Nicolaas Maria Elisabeth Van Peij, Martina Beishuizen, Yvonne Johannes Odilia Arendsen
  • Publication number: 20150051146
    Abstract: A ligand recombinant protein inhibiting HB-EGF (Heparin-Binding Epidermal Growth Factor like), from the R domain of diphtheria toxin, which can be used for the treatment and diagnosis of diseases involving the activation of the HB-EGF/EGFR pathway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENE ALT
    Inventors: Daniel Gillet, Benoit Villiers, Sylvain Pichard, Bernard Maillere, Alain Sanson
  • Publication number: 20150050704
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the biosynthetic pathway for a nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS) derived drug and analogs thereof. The invention also discloses polynucleotide sequences useful for heterologous expression in a convenient microbial host for the synthesis of the NRPS derived drug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: David H. Sherman, Garth D. Ehrlich, Benjamin Janto, Robert M. Williams, Christopher M. Rath
  • Publication number: 20150051114
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for the detection and treatment of neurological disorders, including ASD, are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Hakon Hakonarson, Brett Abrahams, Maja Bucan, Dan Geschwind, Edward Herman, Kai Wang
  • Publication number: 20150050264
    Abstract: The present invention relates to mutated tissue plasminogen activators, and their use for treating thrombotic diseases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (INSERM)
    Inventors: Denis VIVIEN, Jerome PARCQ, Denis VIVIEN, Jerome PARCQ
  • Publication number: 20150051374
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to methods of producing recombinant peptides that contain between 10 and 200 amino acid residues using novel carrier proteins derived from superfolder green fluorescent protein and its mutants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: Wenshe Liu, Wei Wan
  • Publication number: 20150047075
    Abstract: The present invention relates to isolated polypeptides having cellulolytic enhancing activity and isolated 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: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Lan Tang, Ye Liu, Junxin Duan, Wenping Wu, Randall Kramer
  • Publication number: 20150044772
    Abstract: An inactive CRISPR/Cas system-based fusion protein and its applications in gene editing are disclosed. More particularly, chimeric fusion proteins including an inCas fused to a DNA modifying enzyme and methods of using the chimeric fusion proteins in gene editing are disclosed. The methods can be used to induce double-strand breaks and single-strand nicks in target DNAs, to generate gene disruptions, deletions, point mutations, gene replacements, insertions, inversions and other modifications of a genomic DNA within cells and organisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Guojun Zhao
  • Publication number: 20150044747
    Abstract: The invention relates, in part, to nucleic acid constructs, genetically modified host cells and methods employing such constructs and host cells to increase the production of 3-methyl-2-butenol from IPP. Thus, in some aspects, the invention provides a genetically modified host cell transformed with a nucleic acid construct encoding a fusion protein comprising a phosphatase capable of catalyzing the dephosphorylation of dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP) linked to an IPP isomerase capable of converting IPP to DMAPP, wherein the nucleic acid construct is operably linked to a promoter. In some embodiments, the genetically modified host cell 5 further comprises a nucleic acid encoding a reductase that is capable of converting 3-methyl-2-butenol to 3-methyl-butanol. In some embodiments, the reductase is encoded by a nucleic acid construct introduced into the cell. In some embodiments, the IPP isomerase is a Type I isomerase. In some embodiments, the IPP isomerase is a Type II isomerase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Howard Chou, Jay D. Keasling
  • Publication number: 20150044754
    Abstract: Provided are isolated polypeptides having alpha-amylase activity, catalytic domains, carbohydrate binding domains and polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides, catalytic domains or carbohydrate binding 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 or carbohydrate binding domains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Tianqi Sun, Ming Li, Junxin Duan
  • Patent number: 8952144
    Abstract: The present invention relates nucleic acid constructs for the production of recombinant parvoviral (e.g. adeno-associated viral) vectors in insect cells, to insect cells comprising such constructs and to methods wherein the cells are used to produce recombinant parvoviral virions. The insect cells preferably comprise a first nucleotide sequence encoding the parvoviral rep proteins whereby the initiation codon for translation of the parvoviral Rep78 protein is a suboptimal initiation codon that effects partial exon skipping upon expression in insect cells. The insect cell further comprises a second nucleotide sequence comprising at least one parvoviral (AAV) inverted terminal repeat (ITR) nucleotide sequence and a third nucleotide sequence comprising a sequences coding for the parvoviral capsid proteins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Uniqure IP B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Theodorus Johannes Maria Christiaan Hermens, Saskia Jacoba Petronella Haast, Dennis Johan Biesmans, Andrew Christian Bakker
  • Publication number: 20150040271
    Abstract: The present invention relates to isolated polypeptides having cellulolytic enhancing activity and isolated 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: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Suchindra Maiyuran, Randall Kramer, Paul Harris
  • Publication number: 20150038675
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide: a peptide having an affinity for silicon nitride; a polynucleotide encoding the peptide; an expression vector for expressing the peptide having an affinity for silicon nitride; an expression vector for expressing a peptide fusion protein that comprises the peptide having an affinity for silicon nitride and a target protein; a transformant obtained by introducing the expression vector into a host cell; a peptide fusion protein obtained from the transformant; a silicon nitride substrate to which a peptide having an affinity for silicon nitride has been bonded; a method for immobilizing a target protein to a silicon nitride substrate; a composition for immobilizing a target protein to a silicon nitride substrate, the composition comprising a peptide having an affinity for silicon nitride; and a linker for immobilizing a target protein to a silicon nitride substrate, the linker comprising a peptide having an affinity for silicon nitride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Yoichi Kumada, Michimasa Kishimoto, Takeru Otsuka
  • Publication number: 20150038680
    Abstract: The disclosure provides spider silk polypeptides and polynucleotides encoding the same. Methods of using such polypeptides and polynucleotides and designing novel biomaterials using repeat units of the polypeptides and polynucleotides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Cheryl Y. Hayashi, Nadia A. Ayoub, James Starrett
  • Publication number: 20150037284
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel Listeria bacteriophage designated ProCC P825. In particular, the present invention relates to the endolysin PlyP825 encoded by the novel phage ProCC P825 and uses of the novel endolysin PlyP825 for controlling Listeria contamination and infection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: DSM IP ASSETS B.V.
    Inventors: Holger Grallert, Julia Lorenz, Anna Scherzinger
  • Publication number: 20150037872
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of selecting a protein variant having modified immunogenicity as compared to the parent protein comprising the steps obtaining antibody binding peptide sequences, using the sequences to localise epitope sequences on the 3-dimensional structure of parent protein, defining an epitope area including amino acids situated within 5 ? from the epitope amino acids constituting the epitope sequence, changing one or more of the amino acids defining the epitope area of the parent protein by genetical engineering mutations of a DNA sequence encoding the parent protein, introducing the mutated DNA sequence into a suitable host, culturing said host and expressing the protein variant, and evaluating the immunogenicity of the protein variant using the parent protein as reference. The invention further relates to the protein variant and use thereof, as well as to a method for producing said protein variant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Erwin Ludo Roggen, Steffen Ernst, Allan Svendsen, Esben Peter Friis, Claus Von Der Osten
  • Publication number: 20150037892
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for carrying out recombination at a target locus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Nathalie Wiessenhaan, Catharina Petronella Antonia Maria Kolen, Bernard Meijrink, Viktor Marius Boer, Johannes Andries Roubos, Yvonne Johannes Odilia Arendsen