Biotechnology Letters, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 213-218
Transgenic Nicotiana tabacum cell lines were developed expressing the human lactoferrin gene driven by the oxidative stress-inducible peroxidase (SWPA2) promoter. Western blot analysis showed the accumulation of both the full-length human lactoferrin protein as well as a immuno-reactive truncated fragment. Accumulation of human lactoferrin as monitored by ELISA increased proportionally to cell growth and reached a maximal (up to 4.3% of total soluble proteins) at the stationary phase of growth. Protein extracts from transgenic tobacco cells exhibited antibacterial activity.