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PDA J Pharm Sci Technol 2011 Nov 1;65(6):685-9

Detection of Latent Retroviruses in Vaccine-related Cell Substrates: Investigation of RT Activity Produced by Chemical Induction of Vero Cells.

Ma H, Khan AS


The detection of known and novel viruses is important for cell substrate and vaccine safety. A major challenge is detection of latent viruses such as endogenous retroviruses and oncogenic DNA viruses. We have evaluated activation of endogenous retroviruses in a Vero cell line using chemical induction and various conventional and emerging methods for virus detection and characterization. In addition, infectivity studies were done to determine whether any induced virus particles were replication competent. This approach may be used for enhancing vaccine safety by assessing the presence of potential chemically-inducible, latent viruses in cell substrates to be used for vaccine manufacture.

Category: Journal Article, Proceedings
PubMed ID: #22294598 DOI: 10.5731/pdajpst.2011.00843
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2011-10-04 Entry Last Modified: 2016-04-23