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Novel Protein Food Sweetener in Transomatically Modified Bovine Milk

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Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 34412
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
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Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5640 Tall Oaks Road, Wauanakee, WI, 53597
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. E. Jane Homan
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Research Institution
We propose to validate the feasibility of expression in bovine milk of recombinant protein sweetener, following gene delivery by intramammary infusion of a replication defective viral vector. The sweet protein Brazzein is a natural plant product which has been isolated and characterized and for which the gene construct is available. Brazzein is a protein found in berries of the Plant Pentadiplandra brazzeana B. which grows in very focal ecosystems in Central Africa. As a sweetener, Brazzein has many desirable qualities: it is stable at boiling temperature, free of aftertaste, 2000 times as sweet as sucrose, and has no known negative effects on human health. We will insert a simple genetic construct of Brazzein into the mammary cells of several cattle, collect milk from them over an exteded period and isolate the protein for evaluation. During Phase II, we will enhance the genetic contruct by adding mammary specific control and stabilization sequences to increase the protein yield and will develop pilot plant scale purification methods. Also, in Phase II, we will evaluate the long term production of this protein by cows in their subsequent lactation.

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