Fibrinolytic Enzymes From Extremophilic Microorganisms in the Development of New Thrombolytic Therapies: Technological Prospecting

(E-pub Ahead of Print)

Author(s): James Romero Soares Bispo, Igor Gomes de Oliveira Lima, Maurício Bernardo da Silva, Alexya de Oliveira Feitosa, Ana Caroline Melo dos Santos, Magna Suzana Alexandre Moreira, Michel Rodrigo Zambrano Passarini, Paulo Eduardo Aguiar Saraiva Câmara, Luiz Henrique Rosa, Valéria Maia Oliveira, Aline Cavalcanti de Queiroz, Alysson Wagner Fernandes Duarte*

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Biotechnology

Become EABM
Become Reviewer
Call for Editor


Background: Extremophilic microorganisms from a wide variety of extreme natural environments have been researched, and many biotechnological applications have been carried out, due to their capacity to produce biomolecules resistant to extreme conditions, such as fibrinolytic proteases. The search for new fibrinolytic enzymes is important in the development of new therapies against cardiovascular diseases.

Objective: This article aimed to evaluate the patents filed about protease with fibrinolytic activity produced by extremophilic microorganisms whose use is aimed at the development of new drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Methods: The prospecting was carried out using data on deposits and patent concessions made available on the technological bases: European Patent Office (EPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial – Brazil (INPI), The LENS and Patent Inspiration. The International Patent Classification and subclasses and groups for each document were also evaluated.

Results: Although 382 patents were selected using terms related to extreme environments, such as “thermophile” and “acidophiles”, few were related to clinical use and were mainly performed using Bacillus subtilis and Streptomyces megasporus strains. A highlight of nattokinase was produced by Bacillus subtilis GDN and actinokinase by Streptomyces megasporus SD5.

Conclusion: The low number of patents on enzymes with this profile (extreme environments) revealed a little-- explored field, promising in the development of new microbial thrombolytic drugs, such as fibrinolytic enzymes with less adverse effects.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease, fibrinolytic activity, innovation, pharmaceutical patents, thrombolytic drugs, technological bases.

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

Published on: 05 August, 2021
(E-pub Ahead of Print)
DOI: 10.2174/1872208315666210805154713
Price: $95

Article Metrics

PDF: 74