Conference Dates

June 12 – 17, 2022


Enveloped virus-like particles (eVLPs) are a complementary strategy for the manufacturing of vaccines against enveloped viruses. The baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS) in insect cells is an attractive and widely used platform for the expression of eVLPs. Inherent to this system is the co-expression of baculoviruses and other extracellular vesicles, which we could nicely demonstrate by high resolution electron microscopy on one of our expression supernatants (Figure 1). Such heterogenous sample mixtures pose a major bottleneck for effective downstream processing of insect cell-expressed enveloped virus-like particles. eVLPs, baculoviruses and extracellular vesicles are similar in size and share a lot of common surface properties which make chromatographic separation difficult. In addition, immune responses against baculoviruses have been reported in humans, therefore efficient removal is mandatory.

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