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Spheroid culture as a tool for creating 3D complex tissues

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Title
Spheroid culture as a tool for creating 3D complex tissues
Abstract

3D cell culture methods confer a high degree of clinical and biological relevance to in vitro models. This is specifically the case with the spheroid culture, where a small aggregate of cells grows free of foreign materials. In spheroid cultures, cells secrete the extracellular matrix (ECM) in which they reside, and they can interact with cells from their original microenvironment. The value of spheroid cultures is increasing quickly due to novel microfabricated platforms amenable to high-throughput screening (HTS) and advances in cell culture. Here, we review new possibilities that combine the strengths of spheroid culture with new microenvironment fabrication methods that allow for the creation of large numbers of highly reproducible, complex tissues.

► Spheroids improve the relevance of in vitro results. ► Spheroids serve as biological models of native tissues or engineered solutions. ► Spheroids are used as building blocks to form tissues. ► Spheroids in concert with other aggregated cell shapes allow for complex tissue architecture studies.

Keywords
spheroid; bioengineering; high throughput screening; biomimicry
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: - Volume 31, Issue 2, February 2013, Pages 108–115
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering
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