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Title: Production optimization of rotavirus-like particles: a system biology approach
Authors: Roldão, António Manuel Missionário
Advisor: Oliveira, Rui M. F.
Carrondo, Manuel J. T.
Issue Date: Jun-2010
Publisher: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica
Abstract: Rotavirus-like particles (RLPs), a vaccine candidate against rotavirus disease, were produced by infecting Spodoptera frugiperda Sf-9 cells with genetically engineered recombinant baculoviruses. RLPs are spherically shaped particles composed by three viral proteins (vp) of rotavirus, vp2, vp6 and vp7, arranged in a triple layered structure. A diversity of protein structures, other than the correctly assembled RLP, are observed at the end of a typical production run suggesting that the protein assembly process is rather inefficient. Contaminants such as trimers of vp6 and vp7, vp6 tube-like structures, single-layered vp2 particles, double layered particles of vp2 and vp6 or RLPs lacking one or more subunits represent almost 88% of the total mass of proteins expressed. Thus, optimal control of protein expression concomitant with efficient particle assembly are critical factors for economical RLP production in the baculovirus/insect cells system.
Description: Dissertation presented to obtain a Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Technology Sciences, Systems Biology at the Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10362/5246
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