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Bioengineered. 2013 Mar-Apr;4(2):78-83. doi: 10.4161/bioe.22327. Epub 2012 Mar 1.

MultiBac turns sweet.

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Vienna Institute of BioTechnology, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.


The baculovirus/insect cell system has proven to be a powerful tool for the expression of eukaryotic proteins. Therapeutics, especially in the field of vaccinology, are often composed of several different protein subunits. Conventional baculoviral expression schemes largely lack efficient strategies for simultaneous multi-gene expression. The MultiBac technology which is based on an engineered genome of Autographa californica nuclear polyhedrosis virus in combination with specially designed transfer vectors is an elegant way for flexible generation of multi-subunit proteins in insect cells. Yet, the glycosylation pattern of insect cell-derived products is not favorable for many applications. Therefore, a modified version of MultiBac, SweetBac, was generated allowing for a flexible glycosylation of target proteins in insect cells. Beyond the SweetBac technology MultiBac can further be designed for bridging the gap between cell engineering and transient modulation of host genes for improved and product tailored expression of recombinant proteins.


MultiBac; SweetBac; baculovirus; glycosylation; insect cells; virus-like particles

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