Author(s): Brodin P, Christophe T
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Abstract The last decade has seen the development of automated microscopy and its adaptation for various areas of research, particularly infectious disease. Most of the high-content screening (HCS) platforms now integrate all of the following necessary steps: automated pipettes for assay miniaturization in 384-well plates, automated image acquisition and data storage and analysis. HCS was initially associated with RNA interference genetic screens for identifying host factors involved in host-pathogen interactions. More recently, both in academia and in industry, HCS has been adapted for drug discovery purposes. High-content analysis enables intracellular tracking of viral particles to profile the antiviral mechanisms of each compound. Adaptation to high-throughput screening in bacteriology and parasitology has already led to the discovery of new types of host-specific inhibitors that differ from those inhibitors that act directly on microbes. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Curr Opin Chem Biol
and referenced in Journal of Bioprocessing & Biotechniques