Toxin Produced by Euglenoid Algae

 

Introduction

 

An alga was isolated from an aquaculture fish pond during a fish kill event. The alga was grown in pure culture and was determined to be responsible for the fish deaths. The algae were grown in sufficient biomass to extract the toxin.

 

Description of Technology

 

Michigan State University’s invention is a method of isolating and purifying euglenophycin, a toxin derived from Euglena sanguinea. The novel toxin composition is obtained from euglenoid algae isolates. The purified toxins produced by these euglenoid isolates have activity against cancerous cell lines.

 

Applications

 

The compound may have applications as an anticancer compound or as a useful carrier molecule for pharmaceutical testing.

 

Patent Status

 

US patent 7,943,142

 

Inventors

 

Richard Triemer, Paul Victor Zimba, Kevin Beauchesne, Peter Moeller

 

Tech ID

 

TEC2008-0014

 

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For Information, Contact:

Thomas Herlache
Assistant Director
Michigan State University
herlache@msu.edu