Production of crocetin in transgenic Chlorella vulgaris expressing genes crtRB and ZCD1

  title={Production of crocetin in transgenic Chlorella vulgaris expressing genes crtRB and ZCD1},
  author={Sulin Lou and Liuying Wang and Lijuan He and Zhaokai Wang and Guangce Wang and Xiangzhi Lin},
  journal={Journal of Applied Phycology},
Crocetin is one of the major active ingredients of the rare medicinal herb saffron (Crocus sativus L.), also known as crocus. Crocetin has a wide range of effects including antitumor, anticancer, antioxidant, and antiatherosclerotic activity. Crocetin is currently only obtained via extraction from crocus stigmas, with limited yields. This study developed a new method of production of crocetin from genetically engineered Chlorella vulgaris, a unicellular, fast-growing, and heterotrophically… CONTINUE READING


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