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Use of precision-cut tissue slices as a translational model to study host-pathogen and vaccine assessment

Majorova, Dominika; Atkins, Elizabeth; Martineau, Henny; Vokral, Ivan; Oosterhuis, Dorenda; Olinga, Peter; Wren, Brendan; Cuccui, Jon; Wren, Brendan; Werling, Dirk


Dominika Majorova

Elizabeth Atkins

Henny Martineau

Ivan Vokral

Dorenda Oosterhuis

Peter Olinga

Brendan Wren

Jon Cuccui

Brendan Wren

Dirk Werling


The recent increase in new technologies to analyse host-pathogen interaction has fostered a race to develop new methodologies to assess these not only on the cellular level, but also on the tissue level. Due to mouse-other mammal differences, there is a desperate need to develop relevant tissue models that can more closely recapitulate the host tissue during disease and repair. Whereas organoids and organs-on-a-chip technologies have there benefits, they still can't provide the cellular and structural complexity of the host tissue. Here, precision cut tissue slices (PCTS) may provide invaluable models for complex ex-vivo generated tissues to assess host-pathogen interaction as well as potential vaccine responses in a "whole organ" manner. In this mini review, we discuss the current literature regarding PCTS in veterinary species and advocate that PCTS represent remarkable tools to further close the gap between target identification, subsequent translation of results into clinical studies, and thus opening up avenues for future precision medicine approaches.


Majorova, D., Atkins, E., Martineau, H., Vokral, I., Oosterhuis, D., Olinga, P., …Werling, D. Use of precision-cut tissue slices as a translational model to study host-pathogen and vaccine assessment. Manuscript submitted for publication

Journal Article Type Review
Deposit Date Apr 7, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jun 10, 2021
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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