High-capacity and Cost-effective Manufacture of Chloroperoxidase

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$374,999.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-13-C-0009
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-5085
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
A11a-T014
Solicitation Number:
2011.A
Small Business Information
Agave BioSystems, Inc.
P.O. Box 100, Ithaca, NY, -
Hubzone Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
022552900
Principal Investigator:
John Ramsey
Staff Scientist
(607) 272-0002
jramsey@agavebio.com
Business Contact:
Noe Salazar
President
(512) 656-6200
nsalazar@agavebio.com
Research Institution:
Cornell University
Linda Brainard
12 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY, 14853-
(607) 255-7123
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The chloroperoxidase enzyme from the filamentous fungus Caldariomyces fumago has applications in industrial chemical synthesis and the detection and inactivation of chemical warfare agents. Chloroperoxidase is capable of regio- and enantioselective oxygenations and halogenations of organic substrates. When performed chemically, these reactions typically require aggressive reagents and reaction conditions, and lead to the formation of undesired by-products. Widespread adoption of enzyme-catalyzed synthetic strategies is hindered by the high cost of purified proteins, and by the challenges of retaining the native activity of proteins expressed using heterologous host systems. In the Phase I, Agave BioSystems and collaborators from Cornell University achieved high level production of highly active recombinant Caldariomyces fumago chloroperoxidase (rCPO) in Aspergillus. The current not fully optimized levels of expression are five-fold higher than previously reported. They are also 100 fold lower than potential levels which have been achieved with other Aspergillus systems providing enormous upside potential that will be realized upon completion of the Phase II tasks. The result will be an expression system that meets or exceeds the sponsor"s specifications.

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