Tobacco plants can now produce functional human proteins for the benefit of our health
Producing functional human proteins in tobacco plants - life short science news

Scientists have for the first time demonstrated that a functional human protein can be produced in tobacco plant cells.

The human protein is called interleukin 37 (IL-37), which is produced in small amounts in the kidney, has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Its pharmaceutical production has been very limited until now, and could only be achieved in E. coli bacteria at tiny amounts for high costs.

The scientists hope that using plants as green bioreactors to produce human proteins for the benefit of health will make the synthesis of pharmaceuticals more affordable than is the case with current methods.

Read the full story: University of Western Ontario
Scientific publication: Plant Cell Reports