Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

Ajinomoto Co., Inc. is a Japanese food and chemical corporation which produces seasonings, cooking oils, TV dinners, sweeteners, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals. In particular it is the world's largest producer of aspartame, with a 40% global market share.The literal translation of Aji no Moto is “Essence of Taste,” used as a trademark for the company’s original monosodium glutamate product.Its head office is located in Chūō, Tokyo.Ajinomoto operates in 26 countries, employing around 27,518 people as of 2013. Its yearly revenue in the fiscal year of 2013 stands at around US$12 billion. Wikipedia.

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Ajinomoto Co. | Date: 2017-01-27

The present invention aims to provide a medium-chain acyl basic amino acid derivative which, when blended in a liquid 5 cosmetic such as skin lotion, skin milk and the like, suppresses gelation while maintaining affinity to the skin and the like and can afford a stable preparation. The present invention relates to a compound represented by the formula (1) wherein each symbol is as described in the DESCRIPTION, or a salt thereof.


A composition for agricultural or horticultural application, which contains isoleucine as an active ingredient, and is sprinkled on a fruit vegetable, fruit tree, or grain plant, or a harvested fruit as a solution having an isoleucine concentration of 0.5 to 75 mM, is sprinkled on a leaf surface and/or a fruit of a plant to provide at least one of promotion of blooming, promotion of the appearance of the fruit, improvement in number of fruit produced, promotion of coloring of fruit, improvement in essential amino acid and/or -ABA content, promotion of carotenoid synthesis, and improvement in antioxidant capacity.


Patent
Ajinomoto Co. and Spiber Inc. | Date: 2017-03-29

A method for producing a fibroin-like protein is provided. A fibroin-like protein is produced by a method for producing a fibroin-like protein comprising culturing Escherichia coli having a gene encoding the fibroin-like protein in a medium, inducing expression of the gene encoding the fibroin-like protein, and collecting the fibroin-like protein, wherein accumulation of an organic acid at the time of inducing the expression is reduced.


The present invention provides methods and means of producing 1,5-PD efficiently in a manner suitable for an actual production. Specifically, the present invention provides a method of producing 1,5-pentamethylenediamine comprising forming 1,5-pentamethylenediamine from L-lysine and/or a salt thereof by an action of a mutated lysine decarboxylase having mutation(s) of one or more amino acid residues that improve a thermal stability in any amino acid sequence of(a) the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:1,(b) an amino acid sequence comprising one or several amino acid residue substitutions, deletions, insertions or additions in the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:1, or(c) an amino acid sequence having 90% or more identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:1, and having a lysine decarboxylation activity; and the like.


Patent
Ajinomoto Co. and Spiber Inc. | Date: 2017-03-29

A method for producing a fibroin-like protein is provided. A fibroin-like protein is produced by a method for producing a fibroin-like protein comprising culturing Escherichia coli having a gene encoding the fibroin-like protein in a medium, inducing expression of the gene encoding the fibroin-like protein, and collecting the fibroin-like protein, wherein cell proliferation after inducing the expression is reduced.


-Glu-Val synthetase suitable for generating -Glu-Val, and a method for producing -Glu-Val-Gly using the same are provided. By using -Glu-Val synthetase showing a ratio of -glutamylvaline synthetase activity to -glutamylglycine synthetase activity of 2.0 or higher, such as -Glu-Val synthetase of Kocuria rosea (AJ3132), -Glu-Val-Gly is produced from Glu, Val, and Gly as raw materials.


Patent
Ajinomoto Co. | Date: 2017-01-11

The present invention provides an agent for the prophylaxis or improvement of frailty containing isoleucine and threonine as active ingredients, which prevents or improves frailty in elderly person and is safe even by ingestion for a long term, and further, an agent for the prophylaxis or improvement of frailty containing tryptophan and/or methionine as an active ingredient.


Patent
Ajinomoto Co. | Date: 2017-03-01

The present invention aims to provide a novel composition having a prophylactic or improvement effect on peripheral neuropathy. A composition for the prophylaxis or improvement of peripheral neuropathy, which contains an amino acid containing serine, and a lipid containing n-3 fatty acid.


Patent
Ajinomoto Co. | Date: 2017-02-15

An object of the present invention is to provide a flavoring composition capable of conveniently imparting a sense of cooking to a seasoning and a food. A flavoring composition containing component group A consisting of (A1) 2,6-dimethylpyrazine and (A2) 2-ethyl-3-methylpyrazine, and component group B consisting of at least one compound selected from (B1) allyl sulfide, (B2) allyl disulfide and (B3) allyl methyl disulfide.


Patent
Ajinomoto Co. | Date: 2017-02-15

A novel protein deamidase having an activity of directly acting on a side chain amide group of an asparagine residue in a protein to form a side chain carboxyl group and release ammonia, a microorganism that produces the same, a gene encoding the same, a method for producing the same, and use of the same are provided. A bacterium classified into the class Actinobacteria is cultured to generate protein deamidase, and the enzyme is collected from culture.

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