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A new gene may help produce pain killers

Bilqeesa Bhat New Delhi | Updated on January 29, 2020 Published on January 29, 2020

A joint team of scientists from Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali, Punjab and Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), Manipur have identified a new gene that could be used to synthesise gamma-aminobutyrate, which is a high-value biomolecule with neuroprotective features.

The new gene was identified from samples of Kinema, a naturally fermented soybean food product found in Sikkim Himalayan region of India.

The scientists have also developed a new method to synthesise gamma-aminobutyrate from Glutamate molecule using the new gene. Gamma-aminobutyrate is known to produce multiple neuroprotective effects, and over the years, it has become a popular option for stress and pain management. It finds wide application in the food and pharmaceutical industries. It can be used as a precursor molecule for the synthesis of polymers like Nylon-4.

The scientists have filed a patent for their invention under Patent File No. 201911030305. The joint research team consisted of Sudhir P. Singh, Nitish Sharma, Amit K. Rai, and Dinabandhu Sahoo.

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(India Science Wire)

Published on January 29, 2020
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