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Recombinant production of growth factors for application in cell culture

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Culturing eukaryotic cells has widespread applications in research and industry, including the emerging field of cell-cultured meat production colloquially referred to as “cellular agriculture”. These applications are often restricted by the high cost of growth medium necessary for cell growth. Mitogenic protein growth factors (GFs) are essential components of growth medium and account for upwards of 90% of the total costs. Here, we present a set of expression constructs and a simplified protocol for recombinant production of functionally active GFs, including FGF2, IGF1, PDGF-BB, and TGF-β1 in Escherichia coli. Using this E. coli expression system, we produced soluble GF orthologs from species including bovine, chicken, and salmon. Bioactivity analysis revealed orthologs with improved performance compared to commercially available alternatives. We estimated that the production cost of GFs using our methodology will significantly reduce the cost of cell culture medium, facilitating low-cost protocols tailored for cultured meat production and tissue engineering.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer105054
TidsskriftiScience
Vol/bind25
Nummer10
Antal sider22
ISSN2589-0042
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StatusUdgivet - okt. 2022

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