Interpreting scratch assays using pair density dynamics and approximate Bayesian computation.
Stuart T Johnston, Matthew J Simpson, DL Sean McElwain, Benjamin J Binder, Joshua V Ross
Open Biol | Published : 2014
Quantifying the impact of biochemical compounds on collective cell spreading is an essential element of drug design, with various applications including developing treatments for chronic wounds and cancer. Scratch assays are a technically simple and inexpensive method used to study collective cell spreading; however, most previous interpretations of scratch assays are qualitative and do not provide estimates of the cell diffusivity, D, or the cell proliferation rate, λ. Estimating D and λ is important for investigating the efficacy of a potential treatment and provides insight into the mechanism through which the potential treatment acts. While a few methods for estimating D and λ have been ..View full abstract