Bioengineering virus-like particles as vaccines

Lua, Linda H. L., Connors, Natalie K., Sainsbury, Frank, Chuan, Yap P., Wibowo, Nani and Middelberg, Anton P. J. (2014) Bioengineering virus-like particles as vaccines. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 111 3: 425-440. doi:10.1002/bit.25159

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Author Lua, Linda H. L.
Connors, Natalie K.
Sainsbury, Frank
Chuan, Yap P.
Wibowo, Nani
Middelberg, Anton P. J.
Title Bioengineering virus-like particles as vaccines
Journal name Biotechnology and Bioengineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0006-3592
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/bit.25159
Volume 111
Issue 3
Start page 425
End page 440
Total pages 16
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Virus-like particle (VLP) technology seeks to harness the optimally tuned immunostimulatory properties of natural viruses while omitting the infectious trait. VLPs that assemble from a single protein have been shown to be safe and highly efficacious in humans, and highly profitable. VLPs emerging from basic research possess varying levels of complexity and comprise single or multiple proteins, with or without a lipid membrane. Complex VLP assembly is traditionally orchestrated within cells using black-box approaches, which are appropriate when knowledge and control over assembly are limited. Recovery challenges including those of adherent and intracellular contaminants must then be addressed. Recent commercial VLPs variously incorporate steps that include VLP in vitro assembly to address these problems robustly, but at the expense of process complexity. Increasing research activity and translation opportunity necessitate bioengineering advances and new bioprocessing modalities for efficient and cost-effective production of VLPs. Emerging approaches are necessarily multi-scale and multi-disciplinary, encompassing diverse fields from computational design of molecules to new macro-scale purification materials. In this review, we highlight historical and emerging VLP vaccine approaches. We overview approaches that seek to specifically engineer a desirable immune response through modular VLP design, and those that seek to improve bioprocess efficiency through inhibition of intracellular assembly to allow optimal use of existing purification technologies prior to cell-free VLP assembly. Greater understanding of VLP assembly and increased interdisciplinary activity will see enormous progress in VLP technology over the coming decade, driven by clear translational opportunity.
Keyword Capsomere
Synthetic biology
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Additional Notes Article first published online: 17 December 2013.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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