Yissum obtains United States patent.
Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel) has patented a method of producing a
recombinant polypeptide having .beta.-glucosidase enzymatic activity, a
polynucleotide encoding the polypeptide, nucleic acid constructs
carrying the polynucleotide, transformed cells, such as yeast cells, and
transgenic organisms expressing the polynucleotide. The invention
provides various uses of the polypeptide, the polynucleotide, cells
and/or organisms, including producing a recombinant polypeptide having
.beta.-glucosidase enzymatic activity, increasing the level of aromatic
compounds in alcoholic beverages, as well as other fermentation products
of plant material, hydrolyzing cellobiose and thus increasing the level
of fermentable glucose, increasing the production of alcohol; such as
ethanol from plant material, increasing the aroma released from a plant,
or a plant, product, and hydrolysis or transglycosylation of glycosides.