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Fujiwara Y.,Preventec Inc. | Aiki Y.,Preventec Inc. | Yang L.,Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science | Takaiwa F.,Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science | And 4 more authors.
Protein Expression and Purification | Year: 2010

Recombinant protein production system using transgenic rice grain offers many advantages in higher accumulation, preservation, lower production cost, ease of scale up and low risk of contamination by toxic materials. We developed a transgenic rice strain whose seeds accumulate human interleukin (IL)-10, a cytokine that suppresses inflammation-related immune responses. We also developed a method of extracting and purifying IL-10 from rice seeds. A biochemical crosslinking method was used to detect the biologically active noncovalent dimer of IL-10. This method was useful for developing efficient methods of refolding and purification. The purified IL-10 comprised only noncovalent dimers and showed higher activity than the commercial IL-10. The purified IL-10 had very low endotoxin contamination and is expected to have broad clinical application. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Baumann A.,Ohio State University | Barry J.,Ohio State University | Wang S.,Ohio State University | Wang S.,Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences | And 3 more authors.
Genetics | Year: 2010

Juvenile hormone (JH) is critical for multiple aspects of insect development and physiology. Although roles for the hormone have received considerable study, an understanding of the molecules necessary for JH action in insects has been frustratingly slow to evolve. Methoprene-tolerant (Met) in Drosophila melanogaster fulfills many of the requirements for a hormone receptor gene. A paralogous gene, germ-cell expressed (gce), possesses homology and is a candidate as a Met partner in JH action. Expression of gce was found to occur at multiple times and in multiple tissues during development, similar to that previously found for Met. To probe roles of this gene in JH action, we carried out in vivo gce over- and underexpression studies. We show by overexpression studies that gce can substitute in vivo for Met, alleviating preadult but not adult phenotypic characters. We also demonstrate that RNA interference-driven knockdown of gce expression in transgenic flies results in preadult lethality in the absence of MET. These results show that (1) unlike Met, gce is a vital gene and shows functional flexibility and (2) both gene products appear to promote JH action in preadult but not adult development. Copyright © 2010 by the Genetics Society of America.


Fujiwara Y.,Preventec Inc. | Yang L.,Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science | Takaiwa F.,Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science | Sekikawa K.,Preventec Inc.
Molecular Biotechnology | Year: 2016

Transgenic rice seed can be utilized as a bioreactor to produce high-value recombinant proteins. Mouse interleukin 4 (mIL-4) and mIL-6 were specifically expressed as secretory proteins in rice endosperm by ligating the N-terminal glutelin B-1 (GluB-1) signal peptide and the C-terminal KDEL endoplasmic reticulum retention signal under control of the endosperm-specific GluB-1 promoter. In the transgenic rice seed, mIL-4 and mIL-6 accumulated in levels up to 0.43 mg/g grain and 0.16 mg/g grain, respectively. The reducing agents and detergents required for extraction from the transgenic rice seeds differed between the two proteins, indicating differences in their intracellular localization within the endosperm cell. Purified mIL-4 and mIL-6 exhibited high activity and very low endotoxin contamination. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York


Wakasa Y.,Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science | Takagi H.,Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science | Watanabe N.,Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science | Kitamura N.,Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science | And 11 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

The endoplasmic reticulum-derived type-I protein body (PB-I) from rice endosperm cells is an ideal candidate formulation for the oral delivery of bioencapsulated peptides as tolerogens for allergen-specific immunotherapy. In the present study, PBs containing the deconstructed Japanese cedar pollen allergens Cryptomeria japonica 1 (Cry j 1) and Cry j 2 were concentrated by treatment with thermostable α-amylase at 90° C to remove the starch from milled rice powder, which resulted in a 12.5-fold reduction of dry weight compared to the starting material. The modified Cry j 1 and Cry j 2 antigens in this concentrated PB product were more resistant to enzymatic digestion than those in the milled seed powder despite the absence of intact cell wall and starch, and remained stable for at least 10 months at room temperature without detectable loss or degradation. The high resistance of these allergens could be attributed to changes in protein physicochemical properties induced by the high temperature concentration process, as suggested by the decreased solubility of the antigens and seed proteins in PBs in step-wise-extraction experiments. Confocal microscopy showed that the morphology of antigen-containing PB-Is was preserved in the concentrated PB product. The concentrated PB product induced specific immune tolerance against Cry j 1 and Cry j 2 in mice when orally administered, supporting its potential use as a novel oral tolerogen formulation. © 2015 Wakasa et al.


Iwanaga M.,Utsunomiya University | Tsukui K.,Utsunomiya University | Uchiyama K.,Utsunomiya University | Katsuma S.,University of Tokyo | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Invertebrate Pathology | Year: 2014

We previously established the first Bombyx mori macula-like virus (BmMLV)-free cell line (BmVF cells) from a B. mori embryo. In this study, we evaluated the expression of recombinant proteins in BmVF cells using a B. mori nucleopolyhedrovirus (BmNPV)-derived expression vector. Our results showed that BmVF cells are susceptible to BmNPV, and both the promoter activity of the polyhedrin gene and the post-translated modifications of a recombinant protein are equivalent between BmMLV-negative BmVF and -positive BmN4 cells. These findings indicate that persistent infection with BmMLV has no discernible effect on BmNPV-mediated protein production in B. mori cells. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.


Patent
PrevenTec Inc. and National Institute Of Agrobiological Science | Date: 2011-09-20

Extraction and purification of recombinant proteins rendered difficult to extract from transgenic plants by using an extraction solution containing reducing agents and surfactants or an extraction solution containing reducing agents and organic solvents.


Patent
National Institute Of Agrobiological Science, Japan National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science, Technology and Preven Tec Inc. | Date: 2011-11-30

Providing a new method of treating inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders and a food product for the prevention or improvement of inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders. Prevention or treatment of inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders is possible by oral administration of recombinant IL-10 expressed in rice plant seeds.


PubMed | Preventec Inc.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Protein expression and purification | Year: 2010

Recombinant protein production system using transgenic rice grain offers many advantages in higher accumulation, preservation, lower production cost, ease of scale up and low risk of contamination by toxic materials. We developed a transgenic rice strain whose seeds accumulate human interleukin (IL)-10, a cytokine that suppresses inflammation-related immune responses. We also developed a method of extracting and purifying IL-10 from rice seeds. A biochemical crosslinking method was used to detect the biologically active noncovalent dimer of IL-10. This method was useful for developing efficient methods of refolding and purification. The purified IL-10 comprised only noncovalent dimers and showed higher activity than the commercial IL-10. The purified IL-10 had very low endotoxin contamination and is expected to have broad clinical application.


PubMed | Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science and PrevenTec Inc.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: PloS one | Year: 2015

The endoplasmic reticulum-derived type-I protein body (PB-I) from rice endosperm cells is an ideal candidate formulation for the oral delivery of bioencapsulated peptides as tolerogens for allergen-specific immunotherapy. In the present study, PBs containing the deconstructed Japanese cedar pollen allergens Cryptomeria japonica 1 (Cry j 1) and Cry j 2 were concentrated by treatment with thermostable -amylase at 90C to remove the starch from milled rice powder, which resulted in a 12.5-fold reduction of dry weight compared to the starting material. The modified Cry j 1 and Cry j 2 antigens in this concentrated PB product were more resistant to enzymatic digestion than those in the milled seed powder despite the absence of intact cell wall and starch, and remained stable for at least 10 months at room temperature without detectable loss or degradation. The high resistance of these allergens could be attributed to changes in protein physicochemical properties induced by the high temperature concentration process, as suggested by the decreased solubility of the antigens and seed proteins in PBs in step-wise-extraction experiments. Confocal microscopy showed that the morphology of antigen-containing PB-Is was preserved in the concentrated PB product. The concentrated PB product induced specific immune tolerance against Cry j 1 and Cry j 2 in mice when orally administered, supporting its potential use as a novel oral tolerogen formulation.


PubMed | Japan National Institute of Agrobiological Science and Preventec Inc.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Molecular biotechnology | Year: 2016

Transgenic rice seed can be utilized as a bioreactor to produce high-value recombinant proteins. Mouse interleukin 4 (mIL-4) and mIL-6 were specifically expressed as secretory proteins in rice endosperm by ligating the N-terminal glutelin B-1 (GluB-1) signal peptide and the C-terminal KDEL endoplasmic reticulum retention signal under control of the endosperm-specific GluB-1 promoter. In the transgenic rice seed, mIL-4 and mIL-6 accumulated in levels up to 0.43 mg/g grain and 0.16 mg/g grain, respectively. The reducing agents and detergents required for extraction from the transgenic rice seeds differed between the two proteins, indicating differences in their intracellular localization within the endosperm cell. Purified mIL-4 and mIL-6 exhibited high activity and very low endotoxin contamination.

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