IFLYSIB   05383
INSTITUTO DE FISICA DE LIQUIDOS Y SISTEMAS BIOLOGICOS
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
artículos
Título:
Understanding Health and Disease with Multidimensional Single-Cell Methods
Autor/es:
JULIƁN CANDIA; JAYANTH R BANAVAR; WOLFGANG LOSERT
Revista:
JOURNAL OF PHYSICS CONDENSED MATTER
Editorial:
IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Referencias:
Lugar: Londres; Año: 2014 vol. 26 p. 7310201 - 7310211
ISSN:
0953-8984
Resumen:
Current efforts in the biomedical sciences and related interdisciplinary fields are focused on gaining a molecular understanding of health and disease, which is a problem of daunting complexity that spans many orders of magnitude in characteristic length scales, from small molecules that regulate cell function to cell ensembles that form tissues and organs working together as an organism. In order to uncover the molecular nature of the emergent properties of a cell, it is essential to measure multiple cell components simultaneously in the same cell. In turn, cell heterogeneity requires multiple cells to be measured in order to understand health and disease in the organism. This review summarizes current efforts towards a data-driven framework that leverages single-cell technologies to build robust signatures of healthy and diseased phenotypes. While some approaches focus on multicolor flow cytometry data and other methods are designed to analyze high-content image-based screens, we emphasize the so-called Supercell/SVM paradigm (recently developed by the authors of this review and collaborators) as a unified framework that captures mesoscopic-scale emergence to build reliable phenotypes. Beyond their specific contributions to basic and translational biomedical research, these efforts illustrate, from a larger perspective, the powerful synergy that might be achieved from bringing together methods and ideas from statistical physics, data mining, and mathematics to solve the most pressing problems currently facing the life sciences.