, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 445-453

Metabolic engineering of morphinan alkaloids by over-expression of codeinone reductase in transgenic hairy roots of Papaver bracteatum, the Iranian poppy

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Abstract

Papaver bracteatum has a high content of thebaine. It is used as an alternative to P. somniferum for the production of benzylisoquinoline alkaloid. Papaver bracteatum was genetically engineered to over-express codeinone reductase gene in hairy root cultures. Transcript level of the codeinone reductase gene in transgenic hairy root lines increased up to ten- and 24-fold in comparison with hairy roots without CodR over-expression and wild type roots, respectively. Codeine was produced at (0.04 % dry wt) and morphine was at (0.28 % dry wt) in the transgenic hairy root lines. Papaver bracteatum hairy roots expressing CodR gene thus have a high potential to produce morphinan alkaloids.