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Imaging biomarkers quantify therapeutic effect in 3D-printed skin cancer constructs (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Daniel S. Gareau; James Browning; Marc Ferrer; John A. Carucci; Samantha R. Lish

Paper Abstract

Chemical space for small molecule therapeutics discovery is greatly under-explored due to difficulties in animal testing, the first bottleneck compounds encounter in going from formula to human use. We developed and validated an assay that combines 3D tissue biofabrication with high-throughput imaging biomarkers. This may impact more diseases than just skin cancer, where we have recently shown promising preliminary findings. Our skin constructs have normal epidermis, with populations of human keratinocytes, dermis with human fibroblasts and tumor spheroids containing populations of human squamous cell carcinoma cells. We present imaging biomarkers that show the cellular chemotherapeutic treatment. This constitutes a novel chemotherapeutic assay that may enable a paradigm-shifting drug discovery pipeline. Such a pipeline could enable tissue-relevant assay on a high throughput scale and be both more robust than monolayer cell culture and easier than animal models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 2020
Proc. SPIE 11243, Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XVIII, 112431G (9 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2550832
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Daniel S. Gareau, The Rockefeller Univ. (United States)
James Browning, The Rockefeller Univ. (United States)
Marc Ferrer, National Institutes of Health (United States)
John A. Carucci, New York Univ. (United States)
Samantha R. Lish, The Rockefeller Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11243:
Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XVIII
Daniel L. Farkas; Attila Tarnok, Editor(s)

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