Journal article

Dissection of the host-pathogen interaction in human tuberculosis using a bioengineered 3-dimensional model

Liku B Tezera, Magdalena K Bielecka, Andrew Chancellor, Michaela T Reichmann, Basim Al Shammari, Patience Brace, Alex Batty, Annie Tocheva, Sanjay Jogai, Ben G Marshall, Marc Tebruegge, Suwan N Jayasinghe, Salah Mansour, Paul T Elkington

eLife | ELIFE SCIENCES PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Cell biology differs between traditional cell culture and 3-dimensional (3-D) systems, and is modulated by the extracellular matrix. Experimentation in 3-D presents challenges, especially with virulent pathogens. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) kills more humans than any other infection and is characterised by a spatially organised immune response and extracellular matrix remodelling. We developed a 3-D system incorporating virulent mycobacteria, primary human blood mononuclear cells and collagen-alginate matrix to dissect the host-pathogen interaction. Infection in 3-D led to greater cellular survival and permitted longitudinal analysis over 21 days. Key features of human tuberculosis deve..

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