CompuCell3D - Simulation of angiogenesis

CompuCell3D simulates angiogenesis using chemical signals

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Version 1.1 - published on 31 Jul 2020

doi:10.21981/P9JK-JZ21 cite this

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Cells initialized in cube secrete VEGF and are themselves attracted to VEGF (i.e., they chemotax to high concentrations of VEGF), causing angiogenesis.


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CompuCell3D is a flexible scriptable modeling environment, which allows the rapid construction of sharable Virtual Tissue in-silico simulations of a wide variety of multi-scale, multi-cellular problems including angiogenesis, bacterial colonies, cancer, developmental biology, evolution, the immune system, tissue engineering, toxicology and even non-cellular soft materials. CompuCell3D models have been used to solve basic biological problems, to develop medical therapies, to assess modes of action of toxicants and to design engineered tissues. CompuCell3D intuitive and make Virtual Tissue modeling accessible to users without extensive software development or programming experience. It uses Cellular Potts Model to model cell behavior.


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This project is currently funded by generous support from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Grants: NSF- 1720625, “Network for Computational Nanotechnology - Engineered nanoBIO Node” and NIH- R01 GM122424, “Competitive Renewal of Development and Improvement of the Tissue Simulation Toolkit”.

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  • Juliano Ferrari Gianlupi, T.J. Sego (2020), "CompuCell3D - Simulation of angiogenesis," (DOI: 10.21981/P9JK-JZ21).

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