Webinar «Plants as biofactories: production of proteins for biomedical or pharmaceutical interest»

(La química, una mano tendida a la sociedad)
Datos del evento
Fecha: 12/05/2022 a las 12:30 am
Evento virtual (online)

Conferenciante: Mercedes Díaz-Mendoza (BQ). Profesora Ayudante Doctora. Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, UCM.

Moderador: Carlos Pastor Vargas. Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, UCM.

The rising demand for compounds with therapeutic action for medical, veterinary and pharmacological use has driven the development of new technologies for their production over the past years. To date, biotechnological production has been dominated by microbial systems and mammalian cell cultures. However, plant-derived-pharmaceutical products have attracted great interest due to its high demand for clinical applications increasing in recent years.

Molecular Farming is the discipline that promotes the use of crops as biofactories for high value bioproducts by means of biotechnology, and tobacco is the laboratory model plant that has been settled for the optimization of plant bio-production. We will use tobacco plants (Nicotiana benthamiana) to produce recombinants allergens, SARS-CoV-2 S proteins among others, in order to characterize biochemically these molecules and study their involvement in the progress of the immune response.