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Title: Workshop Report: Systems Biology for Organotypic Cell Cultures

Translating in vitro biological data into actionable information related to human health holds the potential to improve disease treatment and risk assessment of chemical exposures. While genomics has identified regulatory pathways at the cellular level, translation to the organism level requires a multiscale approach accounting for intra-cellular regulation, inter-cellular interaction, and tissue/organ-level effects. Tissue-level effects can now be probed in vitro thanks to recently developed systems of three-dimensional (3D), multicellular, “organotypic” cell cultures, which mimic functional responses of living tissue. However, there remains a knowledge gap regarding interactions across different biological scales, complicating accurate prediction of health outcomes from molecular/genomic data and tissue responses. Systems biology aims at mathematical modeling of complex, non-linear biological systems. We propose to apply a systems biology approach to achieve a computational representation of tissue-level physiological responses by integrating empirical data derived from organotypic culture systems with computational models of intracellular pathways to better predict human responses. Successful implementation of this integrated approach will provide a powerful tool for faster, more accurate and cost-effective screening of potential toxicants and therapeutics. On September 11, 2015, an interdisciplinary group of scientists, engineers, and clinicians gathered for a workshop in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, to discuss thismore » ambitious goal. Participants represented laboratory-based and computational modeling approaches to pharmacology and toxicology, as well as the pharmaceutical industry, government, non-profits, and academia. Discussions focused on identifying critical system perturbations to model, the computational tools required, and the experimental approaches best suited to generating key data.« less
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  1. RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
  2. Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States)
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  4. National Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
  5. GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
  6. Translational Genomics Research Inst., Phoenix, AZ (United States)
  7. HemoShear Therapeutics, Charlottesville, VA (United States)
  8. Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD (United States). Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing
  9. IPQ Analytics, Kennett Square, PA (United States)
  10. Phillip Morris International, Neuchatel (Switzerland)
  11. Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
  12. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Ft. Belvoir, VA (United States)
  13. ScitoVation, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States); The Hamner Inst. for Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1868-596X
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Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1868-596X
Springer Spectrum
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Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; Systems toxicology; systems pharmacology; multiscale modeling; 3D models; engineered cell cultures
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