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Biomedicines 2017, 5(3), 44; doi:10.3390/biomedicines5030044

Plant Virus Expression Vectors: A Powerhouse for Global Health

Department of Food Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA
Received: 5 July 2017 / Revised: 20 July 2017 / Accepted: 24 July 2017 / Published: 30 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Derived Biomedicines)
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Plant-made biopharmaceuticals have long been considered a promising technology for providing inexpensive and efficacious medicines for developing countries, as well as for combating pandemic infectious diseases and for use in personalized medicine. Plant virus expression vectors produce high levels of pharmaceutical proteins within a very short time period. Recently, plant viruses have been employed as nanoparticles for novel forms of cancer treatment. This review provides a glimpse into the development of plant virus expression systems both for pharmaceutical production as well as for immunotherapy. View Full-Text
Keywords: vaccine; virus expression vector; Tobacco mosaic virus; potato virus X; Cowpea mosaic virus; nanoparticle vaccine; virus expression vector; Tobacco mosaic virus; potato virus X; Cowpea mosaic virus; nanoparticle

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