|Title:|| Microbial expression of a gene for human growth hormone|
|Abstract:||Described are methods and means for the construction and microbial expression of quasi-synthetic genes arising from the combination of organic synthesis and enzymatic reverse transcription from messenger RNA sequences incomplete from the standpoint of the desired protein product. Preferred products of expression lack bio-inactivating leader sequences common in eukaryotic expression products but problematic with regard to microbial cleavage to yield bioactive material. Illustrative is a preferred embodiment in which a gene coding for human growth hormone (useful in, e.g., treatment of hypopituitary dwarfism) is constructed and expressed.|
|Inventor(s):|| Goeddel; David V. (Burlingame, CA), Heyneker; Herbert L. (Burlingame, CA) |
|Assignee:|| Genentech, Inc. (South San Francisco, CA) |
|Filing Date:||Mar 09, 1982|
|Claims:||1. A viable culture of bacterial transformants comprising plasmids capable, in a transformant bacterium, of expressing a gene for human growth hormone unaccompanied by extraneous protein bound thereto. |
2. The culture of claim 1 wherein said transformants are E. coli.