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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 104, No. 3, 2009, pp. 399-410
Bioline Code: oc09064
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 104, No. 3, 2009, pp. 399-410

 en HSV-1-derived amplicon vectors: recent technological improvements and remaining difficulties - a review
Epstein, Alberto Luis


Amplicons are defective and non-integrative vectors derived from herpes simplex virus type 1. As the vector genome carries no virus genes, amplicons are both non-toxic for the infected cells and non-pathogenic for the inoculated organisms. In addition, the large transgenic capacity of amplicons, which allow delivery of up to 150 Kbp of foreign DNA, makes these vectors one of the most powerful, interesting and versatile gene delivery platforms. We present here recent technological developments that have significantly improved and extended the use of amplicons, both in cultured cells and in living organisms. In addition, this review also discusses the many difficulties still pending to be solved, in order to achieve stable and physiologically regulated transgene expression.

viral vectors - HSV-1-based amplicons - applications - technological improvements

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