Monellin chain B is an artificial sweetener initially mistaken for a carbohydrate. It has since been established to actually be a natural protein based sweetner which is fairly unstable. iSweetch from the University of Naples has used E. Coli to engineer a more stable version of the protein to revolutionize the artificial sweetner industry.
Monellin is a revolutionary protein-based artificial sweetener (yes, a protein!) with very promising results; in fact 1 gram corresponds to the same sweetness provided by 3 kg of common sugar. The idea comes from a new born start-up iSweetch from the University of Naples. Their Monellin product was presented at the BioInItaly Investment Forum & Intesa San Paolo of Milan Startup Initiative, an event organized with the aim of promoting relevant biotech Italian start-ups.
Monellin is a proteinaceous derivative of the tropical plant Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii (the Serendipity Berry) from the lush region spanning from Sierra Leone to Eritrea (Africa).