Author(s): Hitchman RB, Possee RD, King LA
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Abstract Baculoviruses are lethal pathogens of insects, predominantly of the order Lepidoptera. These viruses have a bi-phasic life cycle, which greatly facilitates their use for biotechnological applications. They were exploited initially as biocontrol agents, and then engineered as protein expression vectors. The baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS) is now widely used for recombinant protein production. More recently they have become a popular choice for development as gene delivery and expression vectors in mammalian cells. This article reviews some of the major developments and patents relating to baculoviruses since their initial use as an expression tool and investigates current technologies alleviating bottlenecks in recombinant gene expression in insect cells.
This article was published in Recent Pat Biotechnol
and referenced in Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine