Viral vector nomenclature
(by aawara from FEMA-trailer.org)
Tue Jun 5 20:17:11 EST 2007
In <mailman.1366.1181069097.5139.methods from net.bio.net>,
Tom Anderson <ucgatan from ucl.ac.uk> wrote:
> I guess most people call them viruses, but to me, a virus means something
> that's capable of infecting cells and making copies of itself, which these
> things aren't. Some might call them vectors, but a vector is the piece of
> DNA you put your gene into at the start, not the finished product. One guy
> i worked with called them amplicons, which just seems completely wrong.
> Any advances?
The correct term would be "viral vector", just as what that you refer
to as a "piece of DNA" should really be "plasmid vector", and not just
vector. The plasmid that you transfect to make a viral vector, should be
termed "viral vector DNA" or "viral vector plasmid".
The term "amplicon" is correctly applied to self-amplifying flavivirus
vector RNAs, but not to retroviral vectors, adenoviral vectors, and their
> Can you call them viruses even though it can't cause a productive
Perhaps. You could call them replication-deficient mutant viruses.
> Also: proteins go into solution, cells go into suspension, but what do
> viruses do? Where's the borderline?
Viruses go into suspension, I think.
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