Transgenic Research

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 329–343 | Cite as

The transgenic animal platform for biopharmaceutical production

  • L. R. Bertolini
  • H. Meade
  • C. R. Lazzarotto
  • L. T. Martins
  • K. C. Tavares
  • M. Bertolini
  • J. D. Murray


The recombinant production of therapeutic proteins for human diseases is currently the largest source of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. The market growth has been the driving force on efforts for the development of new therapeutic proteins, in which transgenesis emerges as key component. The use of the transgenic animal platform offers attractive possibilities, residing on the low production costs allied to high productivity and quality of the recombinant proteins. Although many strategies have evolved over the past decades for the generation of transgenic founders, transgenesis in livestock animals generally faces some challenges, mainly due to random transgene integration and control over transgene copy number. But new developments in gene editing with CRISPR/Cas system promises to revolutionize the field for its simplicity and high efficiency. In addition, for the final approval of any given recombinant protein for animal or human use, the production and characterization of bioreactor founders and expression patterns and functionality of the proteins are technical part of the process, which also requires regulatory and administrative decisions, with a large emphasis on biosafety. The approval of two mammary gland-derived recombinant proteins for commercial and clinical use has boosted the interest for more efficient, safer and economic ways to generate transgenic founders to meet the increasing demand for biomedical proteins worldwide.


Genetically modified organisms Genetic engineering Transgenesis Recombinant protein Biopharming Biopharmaceutic products Expression system platforms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. R. Bertolini
    • 1
    • 3
  • H. Meade
    • 2
  • C. R. Lazzarotto
    • 3
  • L. T. Martins
    • 3
  • K. C. Tavares
    • 3
  • M. Bertolini
    • 3
    • 4
  • J. D. Murray
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyPontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUC/RS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.LFB, USAFraminghamUSA
  3. 3.Molecular and Developmental Biology Lab, Health Sciences CenterUniversity of Fortaleza (UNIFOR)FortalezaBrazil
  4. 4.Embryology and Reproductive Biotechnology Lab, School of Veterinary MedicineFederal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)Porto AlegreBrazil
  5. 5.Transgenics Lab, Department of Animal ScienceUniversity of California, Davis (UC Davis)DavisUSA

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