3-D Microwell Array System for Culturing Virus Infected Tumor Cells
El Assal, Rami
Gurkan, Umut A.
Demirci, UtkanNote: Order does not necessarily reflect citation order of authors.
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CitationEl Assal, R., U. A. Gurkan, P. Chen, F. Juillard, A. Tocchio, T. Chinnasamy, C. Beauchemin, et al. 2016. “3-D Microwell Array System for Culturing Virus Infected Tumor Cells.” Scientific Reports 6 (1): 39144. doi:10.1038/srep39144. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep39144.
AbstractCancer cells have been increasingly grown in pharmaceutical research to understand tumorigenesis and develop new therapeutic drugs. Currently, cells are typically grown using two-dimensional (2-D) cell culture approaches, where the native tumor microenvironment is difficult to recapitulate. Thus, one of the main obstacles in oncology is the lack of proper infection models that recount main features present in tumors. In recent years, microtechnology-based platforms have been employed to generate three-dimensional (3-D) models that better mimic the native microenvironment in cell culture. Here, we present an innovative approach to culture Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) infected human B cells in 3-D using a microwell array system. The results demonstrate that the KSHV-infected B cells can be grown up to 15 days in a 3-D culture. Compared with 2-D, cells grown in 3-D had increased numbers of KSHV latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) dots, as detected by immunofluorescence microscopy, indicating a higher viral genome copy number. Cells in 3-D also demonstrated a higher rate of lytic reactivation. The 3-D microwell array system has the potential to improve 3-D cell oncology models and allow for better-controlled studies for drug discovery.
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