NH Foods. has filed a patent for a method to regulate the growth of Decapoda crustaceans like shrimps and crabs by targeting specific genes related to growth regulation and molting. The invention aims to either enhance or inhibit the growth of these animals. GlobalData’s report on NH Foods gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on NH Foods, Humanized antibody production was a key innovation area identified from patents. NH Foods's grant share as of January 2024 was 16%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Regulating growth of decapoda crustaceans using gene regulation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: NH Foods Ltd

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230397582A1) outlines a method for regulating the growth of Decapoda animals by manipulating the function of specific genes. The method involves targeting growth regulation-related genes, including those involved in the mTOR and Akt pathways, as well as molting-related genes such as EcR, Kr-hl, Met, and MIH. By inhibiting or enhancing the function of these genes or their products, the growth of Decapoda animals can be either promoted or suppressed. The patent also covers the use of RNA interference, antisense methods, or genome editing to regulate gene expression.

Furthermore, the patent describes animals belonging to the Decapoda group that have been genetically modified to regulate the function of specific genes related to growth and molting. These animals may harbor double-stranded RNA or vectors for RNA interference, chromosomes with loss of gene function, or inhibitors for gene translation products. By manipulating the expression of genes involved in the mTOR and Akt pathways, as well as molting-related genes, the growth of these genetically modified Decapoda animals can be controlled. This innovative approach to genetic manipulation opens up possibilities for enhancing growth in aquaculture or studying the molecular mechanisms underlying growth regulation in Decapoda animals.

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