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Paul W Tetteh, Kai Kretzschmar, Harry Begthel, Maaike van den Born, Jeroen Korving, Folkert Morsink, Henner Farin, Johan H van Es, G Johan A Offerhaus, Hans Clevers
Current mouse models for colorectal cancer often differ significantly from human colon cancer, being largely restricted to the small intestine. Here, we aim to develop a colon-specific inducible mouse model that can faithfully recapitulate human colon cancer initiation and progression. Carbonic anhydrase I (Car1) is a gene expressed uniquely in colonic epithelial cells. We generated a colon-specific inducible Car1(CreER) knock-in (KI) mouse with broad Cre activity in epithelial cells of the proximal colon and cecum...
October 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Francis Blokzijl, Joep de Ligt, Myrthe Jager, Valentina Sasselli, Sophie Roerink, Nobuo Sasaki, Meritxell Huch, Sander Boymans, Ewart Kuijk, Pjotr Prins, Isaac J Nijman, Inigo Martincorena, Michal Mokry, Caroline L Wiegerinck, Sabine Middendorp, Toshiro Sato, Gerald Schwank, Edward E S Nieuwenhuis, Monique M A Verstegen, Luc J W van der Laan, Jeroen de Jonge, Jan N M IJzermans, Robert G Vries, Marc van de Wetering, Michael R Stratton, Hans Clevers, Edwin Cuppen, Ruben van Boxtel
The gradual accumulation of genetic mutations in human adult stem cells (ASCs) during life is associated with various age-related diseases, including cancer. Extreme variation in cancer risk across tissues was recently proposed to depend on the lifetime number of ASC divisions, owing to unavoidable random mutations that arise during DNA replication. However, the rates and patterns of mutations in normal ASCs remain unknown. Here we determine genome-wide mutation patterns in ASCs of the small intestine, colon and liver of human donors with ages ranging from 3 to 87 years by sequencing clonal organoid cultures derived from primary multipotent cells...
October 3, 2016: Nature
Kai Kretzschmar, Hans Clevers
Organoids are three-dimensional in-vitro-grown cell clusters with near-native microanatomy that arise from self-organizing mammalian pluripotent or adult stem cells. Although monolayer stem cell cultures were established more than 40 years ago, organoid technology has recently emerged as an essential tool for both fundamental and biomedical research. For developmental biologists, organoids provide powerful means for ex vivo modeling of tissue morphogenesis and organogenesis. Here we discuss how organoid cultures of the intestine and other tissues have been established and how they are utilized as an in vitro model system for stem cell research and developmental biology...
September 26, 2016: Developmental Cell
Jarno Drost, Benedetta Artegiani, Hans Clevers
We established an in vitro culture model in which intestinal epithelial stem cells can grow into three-dimensional, ever-expanding epithelial organoids that retain their original organ identity and genetic stability. Moreover, organoids can easily be genetically modified using different genome modification strategies, including viral delivery of transgenes and CRISPR/Cas9 technology. These combined characteristics make them a useful in vitro model system to study many biological processes including the contribution of cellular signaling pathways to tissue homeostasis and disease...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Nobuo Sasaki, Norman Sachs, Kay Wiebrands, Saskia I J Ellenbroek, Arianna Fumagalli, Anna Lyubimova, Harry Begthel, Maaike van den Born, Johan H van Es, Wouter R Karthaus, Vivian S W Li, Carmen López-Iglesias, Peter J Peters, Jacco van Rheenen, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Hans Clevers
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein coupled receptor 5-positive (Lgr5(+)) stem cells reside at crypt bottoms of the small and large intestine. Small intestinal Paneth cells supply Wnt3, EGF, and Notch signals to neighboring Lgr5(+) stem cells. Whereas the colon lacks Paneth cells, deep crypt secretory (DCS) cells are intermingled with Lgr5(+) stem cells at crypt bottoms. Here, we report regenerating islet-derived family member 4 (Reg4) as a marker of DCS cells. To investigate a niche function, we eliminated DCS cells by using the diphtheria-toxin receptor gene knocked into the murine Reg4 locus...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Laura Broutier, Amanda Andersson-Rolf, Christopher J Hindley, Sylvia F Boj, Hans Clevers, Bon-Kyoung Koo, Meritxell Huch
Adult somatic tissues have proven difficult to expand in vitro, largely because of the complexity of recreating appropriate environmental signals in culture. We have overcome this problem recently and developed culture conditions for adult stem cells that allow the long-term expansion of adult primary tissues from small intestine, stomach, liver and pancreas into self-assembling 3D structures that we have termed 'organoids'. We provide a detailed protocol that describes how to grow adult mouse and human liver and pancreas organoids, from cell isolation and long-term expansion to genetic manipulation in vitro...
September 2016: Nature Protocols
Patrizia Cammareri, Aidan M Rose, David F Vincent, Jun Wang, Ai Nagano, Silvana Libertini, Rachel A Ridgway, Dimitris Athineos, Philip J Coates, Angela McHugh, Celine Pourreyron, Jasbani H S Dayal, Jonas Larsson, Simone Weidlich, Lindsay C Spender, Gopal P Sapkota, Karin J Purdie, Charlotte M Proby, Catherine A Harwood, Irene M Leigh, Hans Clevers, Nick Barker, Stefan Karlsson, Catrin Pritchard, Richard Marais, Claude Chelala, Andrew P South, Owen J Sansom, Gareth J Inman
Melanoma patients treated with oncogenic BRAF inhibitors can develop cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) within weeks of treatment, driven by paradoxical RAS/RAF/MAPK pathway activation. Here we identify frequent TGFBR1 and TGFBR2 mutations in human vemurafenib-induced skin lesions and in sporadic cSCC. Functional analysis reveals these mutations ablate canonical TGFβ Smad signalling, which is localized to bulge stem cells in both normal human and murine skin. MAPK pathway hyperactivation (through Braf(V600E) or Kras(G12D) knockin) and TGFβ signalling ablation (through Tgfbr1 deletion) in LGR5(+ve) stem cells enables rapid cSCC development in the mouse...
2016: Nature Communications
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After completing her BSc in pharmacology at University of Barcelona, Spain, Meritxell Huch pursued her PhD in the laboratory of Cristina Fillat at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. Wanting to move into more basic research, Meri trained as a postdoc with Hans Clevers at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands. In her postdoctoral research, she successfully established a liver organoid culture that earned her the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) prize in 2013...
August 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Jarno Drost, Hans Clevers
Intratumor heterogeneity is thought to be the driving force of tumor evolution and therapy resistance. Yet tools to study these processes are limited. In this issue, Guernet et al. (2016) devised clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-barcoding to functionally annotate specific mutations and study clonal evolution in heterogeneous cell populations.
August 4, 2016: Molecular Cell
Marketa Kaucka, Evgeny Ivashkin, Daniel Gyllborg, Tomas Zikmund, Marketa Tesarova, Jozef Kaiser, Meng Xie, Julian Petersen, Vassilis Pachnis, Silvia K Nicolis, Tian Yu, Paul Sharpe, Ernest Arenas, Hjalmar Brismar, Hans Blom, Hans Clevers, Ueli Suter, Andrei S Chagin, Kaj Fried, Andreas Hellander, Igor Adameyko
Cranial neural crest cells populate the future facial region and produce ectomesenchyme-derived tissues, such as cartilage, bone, dermis, smooth muscle, adipocytes, and many others. However, the contribution of individual neural crest cells to certain facial locations and the general spatial clonal organization of the ectomesenchyme have not been determined. We investigated how neural crest cells give rise to clonally organized ectomesenchyme and how this early ectomesenchyme behaves during the developmental processes that shape the face...
August 2016: Science Advances
Dominic Grün, Mauro J Muraro, Jean-Charles Boisset, Kay Wiebrands, Anna Lyubimova, Gitanjali Dharmadhikari, Maaike van den Born, Johan van Es, Erik Jansen, Hans Clevers, Eelco J P de Koning, Alexander van Oudenaarden
Adult mitotic tissues like the intestine, skin, and blood undergo constant turnover throughout the life of an organism. Knowing the identity of the stem cell is crucial to understanding tissue homeostasis and its aberrations upon disease. Here we present a computational method for the derivation of a lineage tree from single-cell transcriptome data. By exploiting the tree topology and the transcriptome composition, we establish StemID, an algorithm for identifying stem cells among all detectable cell types within a population...
August 4, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
Johanna F Dekkers, Gitte Berkers, Evelien Kruisselbrink, Annelotte Vonk, Hugo R de Jonge, Hettie M Janssens, Inez Bronsveld, Eduard A van de Graaf, Edward E S Nieuwenhuis, Roderick H J Houwen, Frank P Vleggaar, Johanna C Escher, Yolanda B de Rijke, Christof J Majoor, Harry G M Heijerman, Karin M de Winter-de Groot, Hans Clevers, Cornelis K van der Ent, Jeffrey M Beekman
Identifying subjects with cystic fibrosis (CF) who may benefit from cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR)-modulating drugs is time-consuming, costly, and especially challenging for individuals with rare uncharacterized CFTR mutations. We studied CFTR function and responses to two drugs-the prototypical CFTR potentiator VX-770 (ivacaftor/KALYDECO) and the CFTR corrector VX-809 (lumacaftor)-in organoid cultures derived from the rectal epithelia of subjects with CF, who expressed a broad range of CFTR mutations...
June 22, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Helen H N Yan, Jeffrey C W Lai, Siu Lun Ho, Wai Keung Leung, Wai Lun Law, Janet F Y Lee, Anthony K W Chan, Wai Yin Tsui, Annie S Y Chan, Bernard C H Lee, Sarah S K Yue, Alice H Y Man, Hans Clevers, Siu Tsan Yuen, Suet Yi Leung
OBJECTIVE: Serrated polyps (hyperplastic polyps, sessile or traditional serrated adenomas), which can arise in a sporadic or polyposis setting, predispose to colorectal cancer (CRC), especially those with microsatellite instability (MSI) due to MLH1 promoter methylation (MLH1(me+)). We investigate genetic alterations in the serrated polyposis pathway. DESIGN: We used a combination of exome sequencing and target gene Sanger sequencing to study serrated polyposis families, sporadic serrated polyps and CRCs, with validation by analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) cohort, followed by organoid-based functional studies...
June 21, 2016: Gut
Hans Clevers
Recent advances in 3D culture technology allow embryonic and adult mammalian stem cells to exhibit their remarkable self-organizing properties, and the resulting organoids reflect key structural and functional properties of organs such as kidney, lung, gut, brain and retina. Organoid technology can therefore be used to model human organ development and various human pathologies 'in a dish." Additionally, patient-derived organoids hold promise to predict drug response in a personalized fashion. Organoids open up new avenues for regenerative medicine and, in combination with editing technology, for gene therapy...
June 16, 2016: Cell
Sylvia F Boj, Chang-Il Hwang, Lindsey A Baker, Dannielle D Engle, David A Tuveson, Hans Clevers
We recently established organoid models from normal and neoplastic murine and human pancreas tissues. These organoids exhibit ductal- and disease stage-specific characteristics and, after orthotopic transplantation, recapitulate the full spectrum of tumor progression. Pancreatic organoid technology provides a novel platform for the study of tumor biology and the discovery of potential biomarkers, therapeutics, and personalized medicine strategies.
January 2016: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
Sarah N Boers, Johannes Jm van Delden, Hans Clevers, Annelien L Bredenoord
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: EMBO Reports
Gerald Schwank, Hans Clevers
The CRISPR/Cas9 system is an RNA-guided genome-editing tool that has been recently developed based on the bacterial CRISPR-Cas immune defense system. Due to its versatility and simplicity, it rapidly became the method of choice for genome editing in various biological systems, including mammalian cells. Here we describe a protocol for CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing in murine small intestinal organoids, a culture system in which somatic stem cells are maintained by self-renewal, while giving rise to all major cell types of the intestinal epithelium...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Evelyn Fessler, Jarno Drost, Sander R van Hooff, Janneke F Linnekamp, Xin Wang, Marnix Jansen, Felipe De Sousa E Melo, Pramudita R Prasetyanti, Joep Eg IJspeert, Marek Franitza, Peter Nürnberg, Carel Jm van Noesel, Evelien Dekker, Louis Vermeulen, Hans Clevers, Jan Paul Medema
The heterogeneous nature of colorectal cancer (CRC) complicates prognosis and is suggested to be a determining factor in the efficacy of adjuvant therapy for individual patients. Based on gene expression profiling, CRC is currently classified into four consensus molecular subtypes (CMSs), characterized by specific biological programs, thus suggesting the existence of unifying developmental drivers for each CMS Using human organoid cultures, we investigated the role of such developmental drivers at the premalignant stage of distinct CRC subtypes and found that TGFβ plays an important role in the development of the mesenchymal CMS4, which is of special interest due to its association with dismal prognosis...
2016: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Carmen Dominguez-Brauer, Zhenyue Hao, Andrew J Elia, Jérôme M Fortin, Robert Nechanitzky, Patrick M Brauer, Yi Sheng, Miyeko D Mana, Iok In Christine Chio, Jillian Haight, Aaron Pollett, Robert Cairns, Leanne Tworzyanski, Satoshi Inoue, Colin Reardon, Ana Marques, Jennifer Silvester, Maureen A Cox, Andrew Wakeham, Omer H Yilmaz, David M Sabatini, Johan H van Es, Hans Clevers, Toshiro Sato, Tak W Mak
The E3 ubiquitin ligase Mule is often overexpressed in human colorectal cancers, but its role in gut tumorigenesis is unknown. Here, we show in vivo that Mule controls murine intestinal stem and progenitor cell proliferation by modulating Wnt signaling via c-Myc. Mule also regulates protein levels of the receptor tyrosine kinase EphB3 by targeting it for proteasomal and lysosomal degradation. In the intestine, EphB/ephrinB interactions position cells along the crypt-villus axis and compartmentalize incipient colorectal tumors...
August 4, 2016: Cell Stem Cell
Rahul Roychoudhuri, David Clever, Peng Li, Yoshiyuki Wakabayashi, Kylie M Quinn, Christopher A Klebanoff, Yun Ji, Madhusudhanan Sukumar, Robert L Eil, Zhiya Yu, Rosanne Spolski, Douglas C Palmer, Jenny H Pan, Shashank J Patel, Derek C Macallan, Giulia Fabozzi, Han-Yu Shih, Yuka Kanno, Akihiko Muto, Jun Zhu, Luca Gattinoni, John J O'Shea, Klaus Okkenhaug, Kazuhiko Igarashi, Warren J Leonard, Nicholas P Restifo
T cell antigen receptor (TCR) signaling drives distinct responses depending on the differentiation state and context of CD8(+) T cells. We hypothesized that access of signal-dependent transcription factors (TFs) to enhancers is dynamically regulated to shape transcriptional responses to TCR signaling. We found that the TF BACH2 restrains terminal differentiation to enable generation of long-lived memory cells and protective immunity after viral infection. BACH2 was recruited to enhancers, where it limited expression of TCR-driven genes by attenuating the availability of activator protein-1 (AP-1) sites to Jun family signal-dependent TFs...
July 2016: Nature Immunology
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