Plant Virus Infection Immunity and Control

A special issue of Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X).

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Interests: plant biotechnology; transgenic plant vaccine; plant virus nanoparticles for anti-cancer therapy
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Dear Colleagues,

A significant challenge in cancer treatment is improving health outcomes by specifically targeting biologics to tumor cells. Plant virus-based nanotechnology holds great promise for this as well as other applications, such as cancer vaccine production. Plant viruses are biodegradable and easy to produce and have no cold chain requirements. Plant viruses also naturally occur in a diversity of shapes and sizes and are nontoxic to mammalian cells. Several different plant virus capsid proteins (CP) are known to elicit immune responses. For this reason, plant viruses have found a niche in the future of medical research and development. This Special Issue thus serves to focus on the great utility of plant viruses for therapeutic applications.

Dr. Kathleen Hefferon
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • plant virus
  • virus-based
  • cancer treatment
  • nanotechnology
  • immune
  • biologics

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Recent Progress on Vaccines Produced in Transgenic Plants
by Goabaone Gaobotse, Srividhya Venkataraman, Kamogelo M. Mmereke, Khaled Moustafa, Kathleen Hefferon and Abdullah Makhzoum
Vaccines 2022, 10(11), 1861; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10111861 - 3 Nov 2022
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The development of vaccines from plants has been going on for over two decades now. Vaccine production in plants requires time and a lot of effort. Despite global efforts in plant-made vaccine development, there are still challenges that hinder the realization of the [...] Read more.
The development of vaccines from plants has been going on for over two decades now. Vaccine production in plants requires time and a lot of effort. Despite global efforts in plant-made vaccine development, there are still challenges that hinder the realization of the final objective of manufacturing approved and safe products. Despite delays in the commercialization of plant-made vaccines, there are some human vaccines that are in clinical trials. The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and its resultant disease, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have reminded the global scientific community of the importance of vaccines. Plant-made vaccines could not be more important in tackling such unexpected pandemics as COVID-19. In this review, we explore current progress in the development of vaccines manufactured in transgenic plants for different human diseases over the past 5 years. However, we first explore the different host species and plant expression systems during recombinant protein production, including their shortcomings and benefits. Lastly, we address the optimization of existing plant-dependent vaccine production protocols that are aimed at improving the recovery and purification of these recombinant proteins. Full article
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Multifunctional Plant Virus Nanoparticles for Targeting Breast Cancer Tumors
by Mehdi Shahgolzari, Hassan Dianat-Moghadam, Afagh Yavari, Steven N. Fiering and Kathleen Hefferon
Vaccines 2022, 10(9), 1431; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10091431 - 30 Aug 2022
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Breast cancer treatment using plant-virus-based nanoparticles (PVNPs) has achieved considerable success in preclinical studies. PVNP-based breast cancer therapies include non-targeted and targeted nanoplatforms for delivery of anticancer therapeutic chemo and immune agents and cancer vaccines for activation of local and systemic antitumor immunity. [...] Read more.
Breast cancer treatment using plant-virus-based nanoparticles (PVNPs) has achieved considerable success in preclinical studies. PVNP-based breast cancer therapies include non-targeted and targeted nanoplatforms for delivery of anticancer therapeutic chemo and immune agents and cancer vaccines for activation of local and systemic antitumor immunity. Interestingly, PVNP platforms combined with other tumor immunotherapeutic options and other modalities of oncotherapy can improve tumor efficacy treatment. These applications can be achieved by encapsulation of a wide range of active ingredients and conjugating ligands for targeting immune and tumor cells. This review presents the current breast cancer treatments based on PVNP platforms. Full article
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