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Pharmaceutics. 2011 Mar 11;3(1):107-24. doi: 10.3390/pharmaceutics3010107.

Cell migration and invasion assays as tools for drug discovery.

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Platypus Technologies, LLC, 5520 Nobel Drive, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53711, USA.


Cell migration and invasion are processes that offer rich targets for intervention in key physiologic and pathologic phenomena such as wound healing and cancer metastasis. With the advent of high-throughput and high content imaging systems, there has been a movement towards the use of physiologically relevant cell-based assays earlier in the testing paradigm. This allows more effective identification of lead compounds and recognition of undesirable effects sooner in the drug discovery screening process. This article will review the effective use of several principle formats for studying cell motility: scratch assays, transmembrane assays, microfluidic devices and cell exclusion zone assays.

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