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Three-dimensional (3D) bio-printing: A new frontier in oncology research

Charbe, Nitin, McCarron, Paul and Tambuwala, Murtaza (2017) Three-dimensional (3D) bio-printing: A new frontier in oncology research. World Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8 (1). pp. 21-36. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.wjgnet.com/2218-4333/full/v8/i1/21.htm

DOI: 10.5306/wjco.v8.i1.21


Current research in oncology deploys methods that rely principally on two-dimensional (2D) mono-cell cultures and animal models. Although these methodologies have led to significant advancement in the development of novel experimental therapeutic agents with promising anticancer activity in the laboratory, clinicians still struggle to manage cancer in the clinical setting. The disappointing translational success is attributable mainly to poor representation and recreation of the cancer microenvironment present in human neoplasia. Three-dimensional (3D) bio-printed models could help to simulate this micro-environment, with recent bio-printing of live human cells demonstrating that effective in vitro replication is achievable. This literature review outlines up-to-date advancements and developments in the use of 3D bio-printed models currently being used in oncology research. These innovative advancements in 3D bio-printing open up a new frontier for oncology research and could herald an era of progressive clinical cancer therapeutics.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Cancer; Three-dimensional bio-printing; In vitro; In vivo; Biomaterials
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
ID Code:36487
Deposited By: Dr Murtaza Tambuwala
Deposited On:12 Dec 2016 14:32
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:26

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