Genetically Controlled Carotenoid Production

Highlights

Carotenoid-associated proteins (CHRC and CHRD) were isolated from cucumber flowers From these, new genes, promoters and their nucleotide sequences were derived that can be used to produce, accumulate, and sequester high levels of carotenoids in cells. Enables the production of large quantities of carotenoids in an efficient and inexpensive way in any cell, not only those of plant origin. Provides a new way of producing high levels of carotenoids for the production of nutraceuticals or pigments and for improving the nutritional level or color of plants Our Innovation

Chromoplasts are carotenoid-accumulating plastids found in the corollas and fruits of many higher plants. In most cases, the pigment in these plastids is accumulated with the aid of carotenoid-associated proteins located within unique structures. Using genetic manipulation to increase production of the carotenoid-associated proteins, increased amounts of carotenoids can be produced and stored in the cells of plants, bacteria, and other organisms.

Key Features

Efficient method to increase the amount of carotenoids produced and stored in cells Can be used in plants, bacteria, and other organisms Development Milestones

Industry cooperation for the production and extraction of carotenoids for colorants or nutraceuticals or for the production of color- or carotenoid-enhanced plants The Opportunity

Carotenoids are used extensively in the food industry as a colouring agent Carotenoids act as antioxidants that reduce the risk of degenerative diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, and prevent heart disease and certain cancers. Global demand for nutraceutical ingredients, worth $11.7 billion, will grow 5.8 percent annually through 2010

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