Adenovirus vectors: Excellent tools for vaccine development

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Adenovirus was originally used as a vector for gene therapy. In recent years, with the development of the next-generation vectors with increased safety and high immunogenicity to transgene products, its utility as a vaccine vector has continued to increase. Adenovirus-based vaccines are currently being tested not only to prevent various infectious diseases but also to be applied as cancer vaccines. In this review, I discuss the innate and adaptive aspects of the immunological characteristics of adenovirus vectors and further examine the current status of advanced adenovirus-based vaccine development. Various methods that can overcome the limitations of currently used adenoviruses as vaccine vehicles are also discussed. Through this study, I hope that vaccine development using adenovirus vectors will be expedited and more successful.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere6
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalImmune Network
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant of the National Research Foundation (grant No. NRF-2018R1A2B6002388) and Korean Health Technology R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (grant No. HV20C0049).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021. The Korean Association of Immunologists.


  • Adenovector
  • Adenovirus
  • Genetic vector
  • Vaccine


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