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An optimised method for the production of MERS-CoV spike expressing viral pseudotypes

Grehan, Keith, Ferrara, Francesca, Temperton, Nigel J. (2015) An optimised method for the production of MERS-CoV spike expressing viral pseudotypes. MethodsX, 2 . pp. 379-384. E-ISSN 2215-0161. (doi:10.1016/j.mex.2015.09.003) (KAR id:50852)

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The production and use of pseudotyped viral particles is widely established for many viruses, and applications in the fields of serology and vaccine development are manifold. Viral pseudotypes have proven to be powerful tools to study the effects of viral evolution on serological outcomes, viral tropism and immunogenicity studies. Pseudotyped viruses are chimeric constructs in which the outer (surface) glycoprotein(s) of one virus is combined with the replication-defective viral “core” of another virus. Pseudotypes allow for accurate, sequence-directed, sensitive antibody neutralization assays and antiviral screening to be conducted within a low biosecurity facility and offer a safe and efficient alternative to wildtype virus use. The protocol outlined here represents a rapid and reliable method for the generation of high-titre pseudotype viral particles with the MERS-CoV spike protein on a lentiviral core, and is adapted from previously published protocols. This protocol is optimised for transfection in a 100mm petri dish with 7ml of supernatant harvested, however it can be readily scaled to different production volumes.

This protocol has a number of advantages including.

2. Consistent, high virus titres

3. Rapid generation of novel glycoproteins for research into strain variation

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.mex.2015.09.003
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Nigel Temperton
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 09:43 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:28 UTC
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