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Biosens Bioelectron. 2001 Sep;16(7-8):587-92.

Cellular biosensors for drug discovery.

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Aurora Biosciences Corporation, 11010 Torreyana Road, San Diego, CA 92121, USA.


Recent advances in cell biology, fluorescent probe chemistry, miniaturization and automation have allowed the use of mammalian cells in a variety of medical and industrial applications. Here we describe the generation of cell-based biosensors, engineered to optically report specific biological activity. Cellular biosensors are comprised of living cells and can be used in various applications, including screening chemical libraries for drug discovery and environmental sensing. Panels of biosensors may also be useful for elucidating the function of novel genes. Here we describe two examples of the construction and use of engineered cell lines as biosensors for drug discovery.

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