Patent application filed by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation
The US patent application described in this section is the most recent of a series of patent documents filed by a research team lead by Dr John Sanseverino and Dr Gary S. Sayler at the Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They have been studying the application of transgenic microorganisms that can detect and report the presence of particular environmental contaminants. This particular application concerns a transgenic yeast cell (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) contaning Photorhabdus luminescens luxCDABE and a human chromosomal estrogen response element that detect estrogenic agents. The related scientific publication of this technology is Sanseverino J et al. (2005). Use of Saccharomyces cerevisiae BLYES expressing bacterial bioluminescence for rapid, sensitive detection of estrogenic compounds. Appl Environ Microbiol. 71(8):4455-4460.
Details of the patent document
|Patent or Publication no.||Title, Independent Claims and Summary||Assignee and licensing information|
||Title – Compositions and methods for detecting estrogenic agents in a sample
The claims are generally drawn towards:
Definitions extracted from the specification are:
Claims 1-22 have been cancelled.
Since this is a published application and not a granted patent, currently there are no enforceable rights.
|University of Tennessee Research Foundation
1534 WHITE AVENUE
|Remarks||This US application has a continuation-in-part (US 2004/2148), which is still pending. Independent claim 1 of US 2004/2148 recites a eukaryotic cell comprising luxA, luxB, luxC, luxD and luxE, which is broad in scope if it is granted as applied.|
|Date of search||02/05/2006|
|Database searched||Patent Lens|
|Type of search||Simple, stemming on|
|Collections searched||AU-B, US-A, US-B, EP-B, WO|
|Search terms||biosensor AND (Sayler in inventor)|
|Comments||Of the 27 results identified using these search terms, 4 results were identified as being of particular interest based on their abstracts and a review of their claims.|