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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339648/three-dimensional-testicular-organoid-a-novel-tool-for-the-study-of-human-spermatogenesis-and-gonadotoxicity-in-vitro%C3%A2
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Samuel S Pendergraft, Hooman Sadri-Ardekani, Anthony Atala, Colin E Bishop
Existing methods for evaluating the potential gonadotoxicity of environmental agents and pharmaceutical compounds rely heavily on animal studies. The current gold standard in vivo functional assays in animals are limited in their human predictive capacity. In addition, existing human two-dimensional in vitro models of testicular toxicity do not accurately reflect the in vivo situation. A more reliable testicular in vitro model system is needed to better assess the gonadotoxic potential of drugs prior to progression into clinical trials...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333915/directed-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-functional-cholangiocyte-like-cells
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Fotios Sampaziotis, Miguel Cardoso de Brito, Imbisaat Geti, Alessandro Bertero, Nicholas Rf Hannan, Ludovic Vallier
The difficulty in isolating and propagating functional primary cholangiocytes is a major limitation in the study of biliary disorders and the testing of novel therapeutic agents. To overcome this problem, we have developed a platform for the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) into functional cholangiocyte-like cells (CLCs). We have previously reported that our 26-d protocol closely recapitulates key stages of biliary development, starting with the differentiation of hPSCs into endoderm and subsequently into foregut progenitor (FP) cells, followed by the generation of hepatoblasts (HBs), cholangiocyte progenitors (CPs) expressing early biliary markers and mature CLCs displaying cholangiocyte functionality...
April 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331002/personalized-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cancer-models-to-guide-precision-medicine
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Chantal Pauli, Benjamin D Hopkins, Davide Prandi, Reid Shaw, Tarcisio Fedrizzi, Andrea Sboner, Verena Sailer, Michael Augello, Loredana Puca, Rachele Rosati, Terra J McNary, Yelena Churakova, Cynthia Cheung, Joanna Triscott, David Pisapia, Rema Rao, Juan Miguel Mosquera, Brian Robinson, Bishoy M Faltas, Brooke E Emerling, Vijayakrishna K Gadi, Brady Bernard, Olivier Elemento, Himisha Beltran, Francesca Demichelis, Christopher J Kemp, Carla Grandori, Lewis C Cantley, Mark A Rubin
Precision medicine is an approach that takes into account the influence of individuals' genes, environment, and lifestyle exposures to tailor interventions. Here, we describe the development of a robust precision cancer care platform that integrates whole-exome sequencing with a living biobank that enables high-throughput drug screens on patient-derived tumor organoids. To date, 56 tumor-derived organoid cultures and 19 patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models have been established from the 769 patients enrolled in an Institutional Review Board-approved clinical trial...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326191/global-histone-modification-fingerprinting-in-human-cells-using-epigenetic-reverse-phase-protein-array
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Marina Partolina, Hazel C Thoms, Kenneth G MacLeod, Giovanny Rodriguez-Blanco, Matthew N Clarke, Anuroop V Venkatasubramani, Rima Beesoo, Vladimir Larionov, Vidushi S Neergheen-Bhujun, Bryan Serrels, Hiroshi Kimura, Neil O Carragher, Alexander Kagansky
The balance between acetylation and deacetylation of histone proteins plays a critical role in the regulation of genomic functions. Aberrations in global levels of histone modifications are linked to carcinogenesis and are currently the focus of intense scrutiny and translational research investments to develop new therapies, which can modify complex disease pathophysiology through epigenetic control. However, despite significant progress in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of epigenetic machinery in various genomic contexts and cell types, the links between epigenetic modifications and cellular phenotypes are far from being clear...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321286/crispr-cas9-mediated-heterozygous-knockout-of-the-autism-gene-chd8-and-characterization-of-its-transcriptional-networks-in-cerebral-organoids-derived-from-ips-cells
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Ping Wang, Ryan Mokhtari, Erika Pedrosa, Michael Kirschenbaum, Can Bayrak, Deyou Zheng, Herbert M Lachman
BACKGROUND: CHD8 (chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 8), which codes for a member of the CHD family of ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling factors, is one of the most commonly mutated genes in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) identified in exome-sequencing studies. Loss of function mutations in the gene have also been found in schizophrenia (SZ) and intellectual disabilities and influence cancer cell proliferation. We previously reported an RNA-seq analysis carried out on neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and monolayer neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that were heterozygous for CHD8 knockout (KO) alleles generated using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing...
2017: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315813/the-case-for-applying-tissue-engineering-methodologies-to-instruct-human-organoid-morphogenesis
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REVIEW
Carlos R Marti-Figueroa, Randolph S Ashton
Three-dimensional organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derivatives have become widely used in vitro models for studying development and disease. Their ability to recapitulate facets of normal human development during in vitro morphogenesis produces tissue structures with unprecedented biomimicry. Current organoid derivation protocols primarily rely on spontaneous morphogenesis processes to occur within 3-D spherical cell aggregates with minimal to no exogenous control. This yields organoids containing microscale regions of biomimetic tissues, but at the macroscale (i...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314593/25-hydroxycholesterol-protects-host-against-zika-virus-infection-and-its-associated-microcephaly-in-a-mouse-model
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Chunfeng Li, Yong-Qiang Deng, Shuo Wang, Feng Ma, Roghiyh Aliyari, Xing-Yao Huang, Na-Na Zhang, Momoko Watanabe, Hao-Long Dong, Ping Liu, Xiao-Feng Li, Qing Ye, Min Tian, Shuai Hong, Junwan Fan, Hui Zhao, Lili Li, Neda Vishlaghi, Jessie E Buth, Connie Au, Ying Liu, Ning Lu, Peishuang Du, F Xiao-Feng Qin, Bo Zhang, Danyang Gong, Xinghong Dai, Ren Sun, Bennett G Novitch, Zhiheng Xu, Cheng-Feng Qin, Genhong Cheng
Zika virus (ZIKV) has become a public health threat due to its global transmission and link to severe congenital disorders. The host immune responses to ZIKV infection have not been fully elucidated, and effective therapeutics are not currently available. Herein, we demonstrated that cholesterol-25-hydroxylase (CH25H) was induced in response to ZIKV infection and that its enzymatic product, 25-hydroxycholesterol (25HC), was a critical mediator of host protection against ZIKV. Synthetic 25HC addition inhibited ZIKV infection in vitro by blocking viral entry, and treatment with 25HC reduced viremia and conferred protection against ZIKV in mice and rhesus macaques...
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314175/choosing-wisely-preclinical-test-models-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
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REVIEW
Konrad Klinghammer, Wolfgang Walther, Jens Hoffmann
Through the introduction of a steadily growing variety of preclinical test models drug development and biomarker research has advanced. Next to classical used 2D cell line cultures, tissue-slice cultures, 3D organoid cell cultures, genetically engineered mouse models, cell line derived mouse models and patient derived xenografts may be selected for a specific question. All models harbor advantages and disadvantages. This review focuses on the available preclinical test models, novel developments such as humanized mice and discusses for which question a particular model should be employed...
March 6, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314117/three-dimensional-cell-cultures-in-drug-discovery-and-development
#9
Ye Fang, Richard M Eglen
The past decades have witnessed significant efforts toward the development of three-dimensional (3D) cell cultures as systems that better mimic in vivo physiology. Today, 3D cell cultures are emerging, not only as a new tool in early drug discovery but also as potential therapeutics to treat disease. In this review, we assess leading 3D cell culture technologies and their impact on drug discovery, including spheroids, organoids, scaffolds, hydrogels, organs-on-chips, and 3D bioprinting. We also discuss the implementation of these technologies in compound identification, screening, and development, ranging from disease modeling to assessment of efficacy and safety profiles...
March 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303935/multiscale-microenvironmental-perturbation-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-fate-and-self-organization
#10
Yoji Tabata, Matthias P Lutolf
The combination of microfluidics with engineered three-dimensional (3D) matrices can bring new insights into the fate regulation of stem cells and their self-organization into organoids. Although there has been progress in 3D stem cell culturing, most existing in vitro methodologies do not allow for mimicking of the spatiotemporal heterogeneity of stimuli that drive morphogenetic processes in vivo. To address this, we present a perfusion-free microchip concept for the in vitro 3D perturbation of stem cell fate...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298177/tympanic-membrane-organ-culture-using-cell-culture-well-inserts-engrafted-with-tympanic-membrane-tissue-explants
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Lawrence J Liew, Richard M Day, Rodney J Dilley
Tissue engineering approaches using growth factors and various materials for repairing chronic perforations of the tympanic membrane are being developed, but there are surprisingly few relevant tissue culture models available to test new treatments. Here, we present a simple three-dimensional model system based on micro-dissecting the rat tympanic membrane umbo and grafting it into the membrane of a cell culture well insert. Cell outgrowth from the graft produced sufficient cells to populate a membrane of similar surface area to the human tympanic membrane within 2 weeks...
March 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297666/canonical-wnt-signaling-ameliorates-aging-of-intestinal-stem-cells
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Kodandaramireddy Nalapareddy, Kalpana J Nattamai, Rupali S Kumar, Rebekah Karns, Kathryn A Wikenheiser-Brokamp, Leesa L Sampson, Maxime M Mahe, Nambirajan Sundaram, Mary-Beth Yacyshyn, Bruce Yacyshyn, Michael A Helmrath, Yi Zheng, Hartmut Geiger
Although intestinal homeostasis is maintained by intestinal stem cells (ISCs), regeneration is impaired upon aging. Here, we first uncover changes in intestinal architecture, cell number, and cell composition upon aging. Second, we identify a decline in the regenerative capacity of ISCs upon aging because of a decline in canonical Wnt signaling in ISCs. Changes in expression of Wnts are found in stem cells themselves and in their niche, including Paneth cells and mesenchyme. Third, reactivating canonical Wnt signaling enhances the function of both murine and human ISCs and, thus, ameliorates aging-associated phenotypes of ISCs in an organoid assay...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297567/developing-a-novel-two-dimensional-culture-system-to-enrich-human-prostate-luminal-progenitors-that-can-function-as-a-cell-of-origin-for-prostate-cancer
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Dingxiao Zhang, Kevin Lin, Yue Lu, Kiera Rycaj, Yi Zhong, Hsueh-Ping Chao, Tammy Calhoun-Davis, Jianjun Shen, Dean G Tang
Elucidating the cell of origin of cancer has great significance in stratifying patients into appropriate treatment groups and for developing novel targeted therapies. Early studies demonstrate that only stem-like basal cells in the normal human prostate (NHP) can function as the cell of origin for prostate cancer (PCa). Here, we show that the organoids derived from bulk NHP luminal cells can also be tumorigenically transformed. We further show that the WIT medium, which is used to culture human mammary epithelial progenitor cells, when combined with the ROCK inhibitor, can readily propagate a population of progenitor-like cells from the primary NHP luminal cell isolates...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292848/intestinal-epithelial-organoids-fuse-to-form-self-organizing-tubes-in-floating-collagen-gels
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Norman Sachs, Yoshiyuki Tsukamoto, Pekka Kujala, Peter J Peters, Hans Clevers
Multiple recent examples highlight how stem cells can self-organize in vitro to establish organoids that closely resemble their in vivo counterparts. Single Lgr5(+) mouse intestinal stem cells can be cultured under defined conditions forming ever-expanding epithelial organoids that retain cell polarization, cell type diversity and anatomical organization of the in vivo epithelium. Although exhibiting a remarkable level of self-organization, the so called 'mini-guts' have a closed cystic structure of microscopic size...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292847/human-umbilical-cord-blood-borne-fibroblasts-contain-marrow-niche-precursors-that-form-a-bone-marrow-organoid-in-vivo
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Alice Pievani, Benedetto Sacchetti, Alessandro Corsi, Benedetta Rambaldi, Samantha Donsante, Valeria Scagliotti, Patrizia Vergani, Cristina Remoli, Andrea Biondi, Pamela G Robey, Mara Riminucci, Marta Serafini
Human umbilical cord blood (CB) has attracted much attention as a reservoir for functional hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, and, recently, as a source of blood-borne fibroblasts (CB-BFs). Previously, we demonstrated that bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC) and CB-BF pellet cultures make cartilage in vitro Furthermore, upon in vivo transplantation, BMSC pellets remodelled into miniature bone/marrow organoids. Using this in vivo model, we asked whether CB-BF populations that express characteristics of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) niche contain precursors that reform the niche...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292846/dissecting-the-stem-cell-niche-with-organoid-models-an-engineering-based-approach
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REVIEW
Lyndsay M Murrow, Robert J Weber, Zev J Gartner
For many tissues, single resident stem cells grown in vitro under appropriate three-dimensional conditions can produce outgrowths known as organoids. These tissues recapitulate much of the cell composition and architecture of the in vivo organ from which they derive, including the formation of a stem cell niche. This has facilitated the systematic experimental manipulation and single-cell, high-throughput imaging of stem cells within their respective niches. Furthermore, emerging technologies now make it possible to engineer organoids from purified cellular and extracellular components to directly model and test stem cell-niche interactions...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292845/lung-organoids-current-uses-and-future-promise
#17
REVIEW
Christina E Barkauskas, Mei-I Chung, Bryan Fioret, Xia Gao, Hiroaki Katsura, Brigid L M Hogan
Lungs are composed of a system of highly branched tubes that bring air into the alveoli, where gas exchange takes place. The proximal and distal regions of the lung contain epithelial cells specialized for different functions: basal, secretory and ciliated cells in the conducting airways and type II and type I cells lining the alveoli. Basal, secretory and type II cells can be grown in three-dimensional culture, with or without supporting stromal cells, and under these conditions they give rise to self-organizing structures known as organoids...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292844/embryoids-organoids-and-gastruloids-new-approaches-to-understanding-embryogenesis
#18
REVIEW
Mijo Simunovic, Ali H Brivanlou
Cells have an intrinsic ability to self-assemble and self-organize into complex and functional tissues and organs. By taking advantage of this ability, embryoids, organoids and gastruloids have recently been generated in vitro, providing a unique opportunity to explore complex embryological events in a detailed and highly quantitative manner. Here, we examine how such approaches are being used to answer fundamental questions in embryology, such as how cells self-organize and assemble, how the embryo breaks symmetry, and what controls timing and size in development...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292843/translational-applications-of-adult-stem-cell-derived-organoids
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REVIEW
Jarno Drost, Hans Clevers
Adult stem cells from a variety of organs can be expanded long-term in vitro as three-dimensional organotypic structures termed organoids. These adult stem cell-derived organoids retain their organ identity and remain genetically stable over long periods of time. The ability to grow organoids from patient-derived healthy and diseased tissue allows for the study of organ development, tissue homeostasis and disease. In this Review, we discuss the generation of adult stem cell-derived organoid cultures and their applications in in vitro disease modeling, personalized cancer therapy and regenerative medicine...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292842/bringing-together-the-organoid-field-from-early-beginnings-to-the-road-ahead
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REVIEW
Senthil K Muthuswamy
From October 12-15th, 2016, EMBO∣EMBL held a symposium to bring together those in the scientific community with a shared interest in using three-dimensional (3D) culture methods to study biology, model disease and personalize treatments. The symposium, entitled 'Organoids: modelling organ development and disease in 3D culture', which was organized by Juergen Knoblich, Mina Bissell and Esther Schnapp, was particularly timely as there were otherwise few opportunities for those interested in using 3D culture platforms to interact outside of their organ-specific scientific community...
March 15, 2017: Development
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