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The biotechnological application of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Amina Antonacci 
CNR - Istituto di Cristallografia - Italy

December 01, 2021 (11:30-12:30)
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Abstract: The microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a widely known model system around the world, fully sequenced in its three genomes, easy and inexpensive to grow in the laboratory, and recently recognized by the FDA organism GRAS (generally recognized as safe). The strong potential of this photosynthetic single-cell algae has been extensively studied related to the cell division, photosynthesis, cilia biogenesis, carbon-concentrating mechanism, responses to excess light and the dissipation of light energy, metabolism, biosynthetic pathways, and chloroplast gene expression. Moreover, thanks to the different gene transformation protocols available in the literature, is possible obtain genetic libraries with different kind of mutant strains (e.g. site-specific and random mutated). For all these reasons, the exploitation of C. reinhardtii cells found over the years many applications. In particular, in the nutraceutics field as natural source of secondary metabolites, in the space research to identify tolerant/resistant strains to use as a life support system. Furthermore, C. reinhardtti has been described as interesting biorecognition element in the design of biosensors for the detection of toxic compounds for environmental and humans. Finally, intriguing results derive from polysaccharides extracted from C. reinhardtti cells for medical applications as well as for cultural heritage protection

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