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Department of Health and Human Services
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2010 / SBIR
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2500 S State St SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84115
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Not Available
Agency: HHS
Contract: N43ES201000009
Award Amount: $153,380.00


Toxic compounds are a major health hazard in our environment, in our food, and in our pharmaceuticals.  Identifying toxic compounds is currently time-consuming, expensive and complicated by animal rights issues.  We propose to generate a set of 96 transgenic nematodes that will contain fluorescent constructs that can  measure activation of specific pathways. These strains can be used to categorize the molecular activity of  novel compounds - that is, what cell biological process is affected by the presence of these compounds. The  reporter constructs will consist of promoters for the main toxic response pathways and the major  developmental signaling pathways fused to GFP. These constructs will be inserted into the genome as single-  copy transgenes into a fixed chromosomal position. Insertion at this site is permissive for expression in all  tissues and is not subject to silencing or alterations by recombination. The biosensor constructs will cover all  of the main toxin response pathways such as oxidative degradation, transport, and sequestration, as well as the  developmental pathways that might be activated by teratogens. The worms will be aliquoted in a 96-well plate  format and frozen. It is anticipated that these strains will provide a stable biosensor panel available for use by  different organizations that need toxicological profiling.

Principal Investigator:

Christopher Hopkins
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522 S 1200 E SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84102-

EIN/Tax ID: 271146457
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No