Nanoparticles occur naturally as part of repetitive molecular structures forming virus-like particles (VLPs). VLPs are powerful immune activators. Specifically, VLP can elicit a direct activation of B lymphocytes to trigger production of antibodies targeted at molecules chemically linked to the VLP. We here review recent data from genetics research, large-scale genomic sequencing, as well as clinical trials which suggest that a VLP-based vaccine against the signaling molecule IL-17 will be safe and effective in the common skin disease psoriasis, as well as other conditions. Active vaccination against IL-17 is capable of replacing the costly manufacture of antibodies currently in clinical use with huge implications for treatment availability and health economics.
- Virus-like particle