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The high fibrin specificity of Desmodus rotundus salivary plasminogen activator alpha1 (DSPAalpha1 or desmoteplase (INN)) makes it a promising candidate for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. In the current study we explored the use of transgenic tobacco plants and BY-2 suspension cells as alternative production platforms for this drug. Four different(More)
Transgenic hybrid aspen (Populus tremula L. x P. tremuloides Michx.) plants expressing a high-isoelectric-point superoxide dismutase (hipI-SOD) gene in antisense orientation were generated to investigate its function. Immunolocalization studies showed the enzyme to be localized extracellularly, in the secondary cell wall of xylem vessels and phloem fibers.(More)
Genome modification by homology-directed repair (HDR) is an attractive tool for the controlled genetic manipulation of plants. Here, we report the HDR-mediated gene exchange of expression cassettes in tobacco BY-2 cells using a designed zinc finger nuclease (ZFN). The target contained a 7-kb fragment flanked by two ZFN cutting sites. That fragment was(More)
Genome editing is a revolutionary technology in molecular biology. While scientists are fascinated with the unlimited possibilities provided by directed and controlled changes in DNA in eukaryotes and have eagerly adopted such tools for their own experiments, an understanding of the intellectual property (IP) implications involved in bringing genome(More)
We used the interaction between an epitope of the Tobacco mosaic virus 54K replicase (tag54) and its corresponding monoclonal antibody 54 (mAb54) for the design of a new epitope-tagging system. We fused the DNA sequence of tag54 and two elongated derivates thereof to the C-terminus of the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) gene and produced the tagged(More)
Pf38 is a surface protein of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum. In this study, we produced and purified recombinant Pf38 and a fusion protein composed of red fluorescent protein and Pf38 (RFP-Pf38) using a transient expression system in the plant Nicotiana benthamiana. To our knowledge, this is the first description of the production of(More)
Thrombomodulin is a membrane-bound protein that plays an active role in the blood coagulation system by binding thrombin and initiating the protein C anticoagulant pathway. Solulin is a recombinant soluble derivative of human thrombomodulin. It is used for the treatment of thrombotic disorders. To evaluate the production of this pharmaceutical protein in(More)
Plant cell suspension cultures can be used for the production of recombinant pharmaceutical proteins, but their potential is limited by modest production levels that may be unstable over long culture periods, reflecting initial culture heterogeneity and subsequent genetic and epigenetic changes. We used flow sorting to generate highly productive monoclonal(More)
The functional analysis of plant cells at the cellular and subcellular levels requires novel technologies for the directed manipulation of individual cells. In this report, we demonstrate the use of an infrared (1,064 nm) picosecond laser for the perforation of tobacco cell protoplasts. A single pulse was sufficient to perforate the plasma membrane enabling(More)
Malaria still represents a major cause of morbidity and mortality predominantly in several developing countries, and remains a priority in many public health programmes. Despite the enormous gains made in control and prevention the development of an effective vaccine represents a persisting challenge. Although several parasite antigens including(More)