Authors Bray, L. ; Binner, M. ; Holzheu, A. ; Friedrichs, J. ; Freudenberg, U. ; Hutmacher, D. W. ; Werner, C.
Title Multi-parametric hydrogels support 3D in vitro bioengineered microenvironment models of tumour angiogenesis
Date 02.04.2015
Number 45924
Abstract Tumour microenvironment greatly influences the development and metastasis of cancer progression. The development of three dimensional (3D) culture models which mimic that displayed in vivo can improve cancer biology studies and accelerate novel anticancer drug screening. Inspired by a systems biology approach, we have formed 3D in vitro bioengineered tumour angiogenesis microenvironments within a glycosaminoglycan-based hydrogel culture system. This microenvironment model can routinely recreate breast and prostate tumour vascularisation. The multiple cell types cultured within this model were less sensitive to chemotherapy when compared with two dimensional (2D) cultures, and displayed comparative tumour regression to that displayed in vivo. These features highlight the use of our in vitro culture model as a complementary testing platform in conjunction with animal models, addressing key reduction and replacement goals of the future. We anticipate that this biomimetic model will provide a platform for the in-depth analysis of cancer development and the discovery of novel therapeutic targets.
Publisher Biomaterials
Citation Biomaterials 53 (2015) 609-620
Tags angiogenesis cell culture ecm hydrogel heparin carcinogenesis

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