Plant aspartic proteases for industrial applications: Thistle get better

André Folgado, Rita Abranches

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Plant proteases have a number of applications in industrial processes including cheese manufacturing. The flower of the cardoon plant (Cynara cardunculus L.) is traditionally used as a milk-clotting agent in protected designation of origin cheeses made from goat and sheep milk. Plant-derived rennets are of particular importance to consumers who wish to eat cheeses that are produced without harming any animals. In this review, we have highlighted the importance of plant proteases, particularly aspartic proteases, in industrial processes, as well as exploring more fundamental aspects of their synthesis. We have also reviewed and discussed the production of these enzymes using sustainable and cost-effective alternative platforms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number147
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • Cardoon
  • Cardosin
  • Cheese
  • Milk clotting
  • Molecular farming
  • Recombinant protein


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