Lin, W.N.; Tay, M.Z.; Lu, R.; Liu, Y.; Chen, C.-H.; Cheow, L.F. The Role of Single-Cell Technology in the Study and Control of Infectious Diseases. Cells 2020, 9, 1440.
The advent of single-cell research in the recent decade has allowed biological studies at an unprecedented resolution and scale. In particular, single-cell analysis techniques such as Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) have helped show substantial links between cellular heterogeneity and infectious disease progression. The extensive characterization of genomic and phenotypic biomarkers, in addition to host–pathogen interactions at the single-cell level, has resulted in the discovery of previously unknown infection mechanisms as well as potential treatment options. In this article, we review the various single-cell technologies and their applications in the ongoing fight against infectious diseases, as well as discuss the potential opportunities for future development.
This review was funded by IRG Grant [OFIRG17may105 to L.F.C.] from the National Medical Research
Council in Singapore, and the Singapore Immunology Network, A*STAR, Grant number is not applicable.