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Biodegradable polymeric microsphere-based vaccines and their applications in infectious diseases.

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Abstract Vaccination, which provides effective, safe infectious disease protection, is among the most important recent public health and immunological achievements. However, infectious disease remains the leading cause of death in developing countries because several vaccines require repeated administrations and children are often incompletely immunized. Microsphere-based systems, providing controlled release delivery, can obviate the need for repeat immunizations. This paper reviews the function of sustained and pulsatile release of biodegradable polymeric microspheres in parenteral and mucosal single-dose vaccine administration. We also review the active-targeting function of polymeric particles. With their shield and co-delivery functions, polymeric particles are applied to develop single-dose and mucosally administered vaccines as well as to improve subunit vaccines. Because polymeric particles are easily surface-modified, they have been recently used in vaccine development for cancers and many infectious diseases without effective vaccines (e.g., human immunodeficiency virus infection). These polymeric particle functions yield important vaccine carriers and multiple benefits. Keywords APC,antigen-presenting cell; DC, dendritic cell; DEN-1–DEN-4, dengue virus serotypes 1–4; DT or TD, diphtheria + tetanus vaccine; DT, diphtheria toxoid; DTP, diphtheria + tetanus + pertussis vaccine; NS1, nonstructural protein 1; PEG, poly (ethylene glycol); PLA, poly (lactide); PLGA, Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid); TT, tetanus-toxoid; VC, Vibrio cholera; WHO, World Health Organization; biodegradable; immunization; infectious diseases; polymeric microspheres; vaccines


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Citation: Lin C.Y., Lin S.J., Yang Y.C., Wang D.Y., Cheng H.F. and Yeh M.K. Biodegradable polymeric microsphere-based vaccines and their applications in infectious diseases. Hum Vaccin Immunother. (2015);11(3):650-6.

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