Microtechnology-Based Multi-Organ Models
AbstractDrugs affect the human body through absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination (ADME) processes. Due to their importance, the ADME processes need to be studied to determine the efficacy and side effects of drugs. Various in vitro model systems have been developed and used to realize the ADME processes. However, conventional model systems have failed to simulate the ADME processes because they are different from in vivo, which has resulted in a high attrition rate of drugs and a decrease in the productivity of new drug development. Recently, a microtechnology-based in vitro system called “organ-on-a-chip” has been gaining attention, with more realistic cell behavior and physiological reactions, capable of better simulating the in vivo environment. Furthermore, multi-organ-on-a-chip models that can provide information on the interaction between the organs have been developed. The ultimate goal is the development of a “body-on-a-chip”, which can act as a whole body model. In this review, we introduce and summarize the current progress in the development of multi-organ models as a foundation for the development of body-on-a-chip. View Full-Text
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Lee, S.H.; Sung, J.H. Microtechnology-Based Multi-Organ Models. Bioengineering 2017, 4, 46.
Lee SH, Sung JH. Microtechnology-Based Multi-Organ Models. Bioengineering. 2017; 4(2):46.Chicago/Turabian Style
Lee, Seung H.; Sung, Jong H. 2017. "Microtechnology-Based Multi-Organ Models." Bioengineering 4, no. 2: 46.
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