Detection of recombinant human lactoferrin and lysozyme produced in a bitransgenic cow.
Kaiser, G. G., Mucci, N. C., Gonzalez, V., Sanchez, L., Parron, J. A., Perez, M. D., Calvo, M., Aller, J. F., Hozbor, F. A. and Mutto, A. A.
Grupo de Biotecnologia de la Reproduccion, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria, 7620 Balcarce, Argentina. Electronic address:
Grupo de Biotecnologia de la Reproduccion, Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria, 7620 Balcarce, Argentina.
Tecnologia de los Alimentos, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50013 Zaragoza, Spain.
Laboratorio Biotecnologias Aplicadas a la Reproduccion y Mejoramiento Genetico Animal, Instituto de Investigaciones Biotechnologicas-Instituto Tecnologico Chascomus (IIB-INTECH), Universidad Nacional de San Martin-Consejo de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET), 1650 San Martin, Argentina.
Lactoferrin and lysozyme are 2 glycoproteins with great antimicrobial activity, being part of the nonspecific defensive system of human milk, though their use in commercial products is difficult because human milk is a limited source. Therefore, many investigations have been carried out to produce those proteins in biological systems, such as bacteria, yeasts, or plants. Mammals seem to be more suitable as expression systems for human proteins, however, especially for those that are glycosylated. In the present study, a bicistronic commercial vector containing a goat beta-casein promoter and an internal ribosome entry site fragment between the human lactoferrin and human lysozyme genes was developed to allow the introduction of both genes into bovine adult fibroblasts in a single transfection. Embryos were obtained by somatic cell nuclear transfer, and, after 6 transferences to recipients, 3 pregnancies and 1 viable bitransgenic calf were obtained. The presence of the vector was confirmed by fluorescent in situ hybridization of skin cells. At 13 mo of life and after artificial induction of lactation, both recombinant proteins were found in the colostrum and milk of the bitransgenic calf. Human lactoferrin concentration in the colostrum was 0.0098 mg/mL and that in milk was 0.011 mg/mL, whereas human lysozyme concentration in the colostrum was 0.0022 mg/mL and that in milk was 0.0024 mg/mL. The molar concentration of both human proteins revealed no differences in protein production of the internal ribosome entry site upstream and downstream protein. The enzymatic activity of lysozyme in the transgenic milk was comparable to that of human milk, being 6 and 10 times higher than that of bovine lysozyme present in milk. This work represents an important step to obtain multiple proteins or enhance single protein production by using animal pharming and fewer regulatory and antibiotic-resistant foreign sequences, allowing the design of humanized milk with added biological value for newborn nutrition and development. Transgenic animals can offer a unique opportunity to dairy industry, providing starting materials suitable to develop specific products with high added value.
Journal of Dairy Science 100(3): 1605-1617 (2017)