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New Capsid Findings from University of California Discussed (Production and applications of engineered viral capsids)

July 23, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Researchers detail new data in Capsid. According to news originating from Berkeley, California, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "As biological agents, viruses come in an astounding range of sizes, with varied shapes and surface morphologies. The structures of viral capsids are generally assemblies of hundreds of copies of one or a few proteins which can be harnessed for use in a wide variety of applications in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and medicine."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "Despite their complexity, many capsid types form as homogenous populations of precise geometrical assemblies. This is important in both medicine, where well-defined therapeutics are critical for drug performance and federal approval, and nanotechnology, where precise placement affects the properties of the desired material. Here we review the production of viruses and virus-like particles with methods for selecting and manipulating the size, surface chemistry, assembly state, and interior cargo of capsid."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "We then discuss many of the applications used in research today and the potential commercial and therapeutic products from engineered viral capsids."

For more information on this research see: Production and applications of engineered viral capsids. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2014;98(13):5847-5858. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer -; Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from J. Glasgow, University of California, Dept. of Chem & Biomol Engn, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States (see also Capsid).

Keywords for this news article include: Virion, Berkeley, California, Engineering, Nucleocapsid, United States, North and Central America

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Source: Biotech Week

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