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author = {Salehi-Reyhani, A and Ces, O and Elani, Y},
doi = {10.1177/1535370217711441},
journal = {Experimental Biology and Medicine},
pages = {1309--1317},
title = {Artificial cell mimics as simplified models for the study of cell biology},
url = {},
volume = {242},
year = {2017}

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AB - Living cells are hugely complex chemical systems composed of a milieu of distinct chemical species (including DNA, proteins, lipids, and metabolites) interconnected with one another through a vast web of interactions: this complexity renders the study of cell biology in a quantitative and systematic manner a difficult task. There has been an increasing drive towards the utilization of artificial cells as cell mimics to alleviate this, a development that has been aided by recent advances in artificial cell construction. Cell mimics are simplified cell-like structures, composed from the bottom-up with precisely defined and tunable compositions. They allow specific facets of cell biology to be studied in isolation, in a simplified environment where control of variables can be achieved without interference from a living and responsive cell. This mini-review outlines the core principles of this approach and surveys recent key investigations that use cell mimics to address a wide range of biological questions. It will also place the field in the context of emerging trends, discuss the associated limitations, and outline future directions of the field.
AU - Salehi-Reyhani,A
AU - Ces,O
AU - Elani,Y
DO - 10.1177/1535370217711441
EP - 1317
PY - 2017///
SN - 1535-3702
SP - 1309
TI - Artificial cell mimics as simplified models for the study of cell biology
T2 - Experimental Biology and Medicine
UR -
UR -
VL - 242
ER -