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Title: Processes for producing polyhydroxybutyrate and related polyhydroxyalkanoates in the plastids of higher plants

The present invention relates to a process for producing poly-D-(-)-3-hydroxybutyric acid (PHB) and related polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in the plastids of plants. The production of PHB is accomplished by genetically transforming plants with modified genes from microorganisms. The genes encode the enzymes required to synthesize PHB from acetyl-CoA or related metabolites and are fused with additional plant sequences for targeting the enzymes to the plastid. 37 figs.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
445707
Assignee:
Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI (United States) PTO; SCA: 550200; PA: EDB-97:044152; SN: 97001749869
Patent Number(s):
US 5,610,041/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-254,357; CNN: Grant DMB 9014037
Contract Number:
AC02-76ER01338
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 11 Mar 1997
Research Org:
Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; GENETIC ENGINEERING; HYDROXY ACIDS; PLANTS; BIOSYNTHESIS; GENES