Patent Number: 8,795,989

Title: Enzymic production of neoagarobiose

Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and systems of producing neoagarobiose, useful in whitening melanoma cells and in cosmetics, using polypeptides having neoagarobiosebiohydralase activity, including Aga86E from Saccharophagus degradans. The reaction can be enhanced by including other agarases, including Aga16B, also from S. degradans.

Inventors: Hutcheson; Steven W. (Columbia, MD), Weiner; Ronald M. (Potomac, MD), Ekborg; Nathan A. (Beverly, MA)

Assignee: University of Maryland

International Classification: C12P 19/12 (20060101); C12N 9/38 (20060101); C12N 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/05/12018