A review of three-dimensional in vitro tissue models for drug discovery and transport studies.


Journal Article (Review)

The use of animal models in drug discovery studies presents issues with feasibility and ethical concerns. To address these limitations, in vitro tissue models have been developed to provide a means for systematic, repetitive, and quantitative investigation of drugs. By eliminating or reducing the need for animal subjects, these models can serve as platforms for more tightly controlled, high-throughput screening of drugs and for pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic analyses of drugs. The focus of this review is three-dimensional (3D) tissue models that can capture cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Compared to the 2D culture of cell monolayers, 3D models more closely mimic native tissues since the cellular microenvironment established in the 3D models often plays a significant role in disease progression and cellular responses to drugs. A growing body of research has been published in the literature, which highlights the benefits of the 3D in vitro models of various tissues. This review provides an overview of some successful 3D in vitro models that have been developed to mimic liver, breast, cardiac, muscle, bone, and corneal tissues as well as malignant tissues in solid tumors.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Elliott, NT; Yuan, F

Published Date

  • January 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 100 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 59 - 74

PubMed ID

  • 20533556

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20533556

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-6017

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3549

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jps.22257


  • eng