ICTAC proposes the designation of Reference Cell Types (RCT) based on Clusters. Additional attributes will further describe the cell type and distinguish cell types within a RCT cluster.
Cells have some specific function and act as system components
The developmental time dimension in which cell's exist.
key marker expression / absence of expression in the cell
describes a cell type specific physiological characteristic based on experimental measurements
histological cell and subcellular shapes, structures and features based on imaging
germ layer or precursor origin of a cell
New technologies including single-cell analysis produce many types of omics data. The data may identify previously unknown cell states. To assign these to an existing RCT or new RCT, it is quite important to aquire attributes.
under which the cell data were obtained; this will include in vitro cultivation of in vivo conditions such as disease