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Biotechnological Exploitation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Gangl, Doris (2016) Biotechnological Exploitation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.56648) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:56648)

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Microalgae have become increasingly important in the biotech sector and are currently exploited for their natural products. In recent years efforts have also been directed towards establishing them as production platforms for recombinant proteins. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the feasibility of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a production platform for highvalue products expressed in the chloroplast of the alga. A cytochrome P450 was introduced

into the chloroplast of C. reinhardtii as a proof-of-concept study. The model enzyme CYP79A1 was successfully targeted into the chloroplast membranes and was found to be active. A bifunctional diterpene synthase, TPS4, was also expressed in the chloroplast of C. reinhardtii. TPS4 could be purified to homogeneity and is the largest enzyme expressed in

the chloroplast to date. The two transgenic strains expressing CYP79A1 and TPS4 were investigated for their ability to withstand industrial growth conditions. The cell wall deficient strains were successfully cultivated in 100 L photobioreactors using a mixotrophic growth regime. They reached dry weights of 0.3 g/L and the expression of CYP79A1 and TPS4 was

detected over the entire growth period. Taken together these data suggest that C. reinhardtii

could be an attractive platform for recombinant protein production. Two enzymes with

biotechnological relevance were expressed in the chloroplast of the alga and the transgenic

cell wall deficient strains were successfully cultivated on a semi-industrial scale.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Robinson, Colin
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.56648
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Uncontrolled keywords: Microalgae Chlamydomonas Chloroplast transformation Cytochrome P450 CYP79A1 Diterpene synthase cis-abienol synthase TPS4 Cell wall-deficient Pilot scale
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
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Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 09:41 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 12:20 UTC
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Gangl, Doris.

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