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Cindy J M Loomans, Nerys Williams Giuliani, Jeetindra Balak, Femke Ringnalda, Léon van Gurp, Meritxell Huch, Sylvia F Boj, Toshiro Sato, Lennart Kester, Susana M Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Matthias S Roost, Susan Bonner-Weir, Marten A Engelse, Ton J Rabelink, Harry Heimberg, Robert G J Vries, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Françoise Carlotti, Hans Clevers, Eelco J P de Koning
Generating an unlimited source of human insulin-producing cells is a prerequisite to advance β cell replacement therapy for diabetes. Here, we describe a 3D culture system that supports the expansion of adult human pancreatic tissue and the generation of a cell subpopulation with progenitor characteristics. These cells display high aldehyde dehydrogenase activity (ALDHhi ), express pancreatic progenitors markers (PDX1, PTF1A, CPA1, and MYC), and can form new organoids in contrast to ALDHlo cells. Interestingly, gene expression profiling revealed that ALDHhi cells are closer to human fetal pancreatic tissue compared with adult pancreatic tissue...
March 13, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Egbert Clevers, William E Whitehead, Olafur S Palsson, Ami D Sperber, Hans Törnblom, Lukas Van Oudenhove, Jan Tack, Magnus Simrén
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The Rome IV criteria define functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders by specific combinations of symptoms. It is possible to empirically evaluate these symptom combinations by factor analysis (a statistical procedure that groups variables that correlate). However, this analysis has not been performed for the Rome IV criteria, and factor analyses based on the previous versions of the Rome criteria did not use population-based data. We therefore investigated symptom grouping by the Rome IV questionnaire using factor analysis of a population-based sample...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Egbert Clevers, Jan Tack, Hans Törnblom, Gisela Ringström, Koen Luyckx, Magnus Simrén, Lukas Van Oudenhove
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There are few data from longitudinal studies of the gastrointestinal and psychologic features of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). We studied within-person correlations among features of IBS, along with progression of gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and quality of life, and factors associated with changes over time. METHODS: We performed a longitudinal study of 276 patients with IBS in Sweden (70% female; ages, 19-76 years) who completed questionnaires, each year for 5 years, about their GI symptom severity, quality of life, GI-specific anxiety, general anxiety, depression, and coping resources...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Hans Clevers, Fiona M Watt
Central to the classical hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) paradigm is the concept that the maintenance of blood cell numbers is exclusively executed by a discrete physical entity: the transplantable HSC. The HSC paradigm has served as a stereotypic template in stem cell biology, yet the search for rare, hardwired professional stem cells has remained futile in most other tissues. In a more open approach, the focus on the search for stem cells as a physical entity may need to be replaced by the search for stem cell function, operationally defined as the ability of an organ to replace lost cells...
March 1, 2018: Annual Review of Biochemistry
Onur Basak, Teresa G Krieger, Mauro J Muraro, Kay Wiebrands, Daniel E Stange, Javier Frias-Aldeguer, Nicolas C Rivron, Marc van de Wetering, Johan H van Es, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Benjamin D Simons, Hans Clevers
The adult mouse subependymal zone provides a niche for mammalian neural stem cells (NSCs). However, the molecular signature, self-renewal potential, and fate behavior of NSCs remain poorly defined. Here we propose a model in which the fate of active NSCs is coupled to the total number of neighboring NSCs in a shared niche. Using knock-in reporter alleles and single-cell RNA sequencing, we show that the Wnt target Tnfrsf19/Troy identifies both active and quiescent NSCs. Quantitative analysis of genetic lineage tracing of individual NSCs under homeostasis or in response to injury reveals rapid expansion of stem-cell number before some return to quiescence...
January 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Janneke F Linnekamp, Sander R van Hooff, Pramudita R Prasetyanti, Raju Kandimalla, Joyce Y Buikhuisen, Evelyn Fessler, Prashanthi Ramesh, Kelly A S T Lee, Grehor G W Bochove, Johan H de Jong, Kate Cameron, Ronald van Leersum, Hans M Rodermond, Marek Franitza, Peter Nürnberg, Laura R Mangiapane, Xin Wang, Hans Clevers, Louis Vermeulen, Giorgio Stassi, Jan Paul Medema
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a highly heterogeneous disease both from a molecular and clinical perspective. Several distinct molecular entities, such as microsatellite instability (MSI), have been defined that make up biologically distinct subgroups with their own clinical course. Recent data indicated that CRC can be best segregated into four groups called consensus molecular subtypes (CMS1-4), each of which has a unique biology and gene expression pattern. In order to develop improved, subtype-specific therapies and to gain insight into the molecular wiring and origin of these subtypes, reliable models are needed...
January 5, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Anne C Rios, Hans Clevers
Organogenesis, tissue homeostasis and organ function involve complex spatial cellular organization and tissue dynamics. The underlying mechanisms of these processes, and how they are disrupted in disease, are challenging to address in vivo and ethically impossible to study in human. Organoids, three-dimensional (3D) stem cell cultures that self-organize into ex vivo 'mini-organs', now open a new window onto cellular processes within tissue. Light microscopy is a powerful approach to probe the cellular complexity that can be modeled with organoids...
January 3, 2018: Nature Methods
Benedetta Artegiani, Anna Lyubimova, Mauro Muraro, Johan H van Es, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Hans Clevers
Adult neurogenesis in the murine dentate gyrus occurs in a specialized microenvironment that sustains the generation of neurons during life. To fully understand adult neurogenesis, it is essential to determine the neural stem cell (NSC) and progenitor developmental stages, their molecular determinants, and the niche cellular and molecular composition. We report on a single-cell RNA sequencing study of the hippocampal niche, performed by isolating all the non-neuronal cell populations. Our analysis provides a comprehensive description of the dentate gyrus cells, and it allows the identification of exclusive cell-type-specific markers...
December 12, 2017: Cell Reports
Frans Schutgens, Maarten B Rookmaaker, Francis Blokzijl, Ruben van Boxtel, Robert Vries, Edwin Cuppen, Marianne C Verhaar, Hans Clevers
During kidney development, progressively committed progenitor cells give rise to the distinct segments of the nephron, the functional unit of the kidney. Similar segment-committed progenitor cells are thought to be involved in the homeostasis of adult kidney. However, markers for most segment-committed progenitor cells remain to be identified. Here, we evaluate Troy/TNFRSF19 as a segment-committed nephron progenitor cell marker. Troy is expressed in the ureteric bud during embryonic development. During postnatal nephrogenesis, Troy+ cells are present in the cortex and papilla and display an immature tubular phenotype...
December 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Norman Sachs, Joep de Ligt, Oded Kopper, Ewa Gogola, Gergana Bounova, Fleur Weeber, Anjali Vanita Balgobind, Karin Wind, Ana Gracanin, Harry Begthel, Jeroen Korving, Ruben van Boxtel, Alexandra Alves Duarte, Daphne Lelieveld, Arne van Hoeck, Robert Frans Ernst, Francis Blokzijl, Isaac Johannes Nijman, Marlous Hoogstraat, Marieke van de Ven, David Anthony Egan, Vittoria Zinzalla, Jurgen Moll, Sylvia Fernandez Boj, Emile Eugene Voest, Lodewyk Wessels, Paul Joannes van Diest, Sven Rottenberg, Robert Gerhardus Jacob Vries, Edwin Cuppen, Hans Clevers
Breast cancer (BC) comprises multiple distinct subtypes that differ genetically, pathologically, and clinically. Here, we describe a robust protocol for long-term culturing of human mammary epithelial organoids. Using this protocol, >100 primary and metastatic BC organoid lines were generated, broadly recapitulating the diversity of the disease. BC organoid morphologies typically matched the histopathology, hormone receptor status, and HER2 status of the original tumor. DNA copy number variations as well as sequence changes were consistent within tumor-organoid pairs and largely retained even after extended passaging...
January 11, 2018: Cell
Myrthe Jager, Francis Blokzijl, Valentina Sasselli, Sander Boymans, Roel Janssen, Nicolle Besselink, Hans Clevers, Ruben van Boxtel, Edwin Cuppen
Characterization of mutational processes in adult stem cells (ASCs) will improve our understanding of aging-related diseases, such as cancer and organ failure, and may ultimately help prevent the development of these diseases. Here, we present a method for cataloging mutations in individual human ASCs without the necessity of using error-prone whole-genome amplification. Single ASCs are expanded in vitro into clonal organoid cultures to generate sufficient DNA for accurate whole-genome sequencing (WGS) analysis...
January 2018: Nature Protocols
Zemin Ren, Harmen van Andel, Wim de Lau, Robin B Hartholt, Madelon M Maurice, Hans Clevers, Marie José Kersten, Marcel Spaargaren, Steven T Pals
Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by the expansion of malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow (BM). Most MMs display aberrant Wnt/β-catenin signaling, which drives proliferation; however, they lack oncogenic Wnt pathway mutations, suggesting activation by autocrine Wnt ligands and/or paracrine Wnts from the BM microenvironment. Expression of the heparan sulfate (HS) proteoglycan syndecan-1 is a hallmark of MM. Syndecan-1 is a critical player in the complex reciprocal interaction between MM cells and their BM niche, mediating growth factor/cytokine binding and signaling by its HS chains...
March 1, 2018: Blood
Aviv Regev, Sarah A Teichmann, Eric S Lander, Ido Amit, Christophe Benoist, Ewan Birney, Bernd Bodenmiller, Peter Campbell, Piero Carninci, Menna Clatworthy, Hans Clevers, Bart Deplancke, Ian Dunham, James Eberwine, Roland Eils, Wolfgang Enard, Andrew Farmer, Lars Fugger, Berthold Göttgens, Nir Hacohen, Muzlifah Haniffa, Martin Hemberg, Seung Kim, Paul Klenerman, Arnold Kriegstein, Ed Lein, Sten Linnarsson, Emma Lundberg, Joakim Lundeberg, Partha Majumder, John C Marioni, Miriam Merad, Musa Mhlanga, Martijn Nawijn, Mihai Netea, Garry Nolan, Dana Pe'er, Anthony Phillipakis, Chris P Ponting, Stephen Quake, Wolf Reik, Orit Rozenblatt-Rosen, Joshua Sanes, Rahul Satija, Ton N Schumacher, Alex Shalek, Ehud Shapiro, Padmanee Sharma, Jay W Shin, Oliver Stegle, Michael Stratton, Michael J T Stubbington, Fabian J Theis, Matthias Uhlen, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Allon Wagner, Fiona Watt, Jonathan Weissman, Barbara Wold, Ramnik Xavier, Nir Yosef
The recent advent of methods for high-throughput single-cell molecular profiling has catalyzed a growing sense in the scientific community that the time is ripe to complete the 150-year-old effort to identify all cell types in the human body. The Human Cell Atlas Project is an international collaborative effort that aims to define all human cell types in terms of distinctive molecular profiles (such as gene expression profiles) and to connect this information with classical cellular descriptions (such as location and morphology)...
December 5, 2017: ELife
Emma R Andersson, Indira V Chivukula, Simona Hankeova, Marika Sjöqvist, Yat Long Tsoi, Daniel Ramsköld, Jan Masek, Aiman Elmansuri, Anita Hoogendoorn, Elenae Vazquez, Helena Storvall, Julie Netušilová, Meritxell Huch, Björn Fischler, Ewa Ellis, Adriana Contreras, Antal Nemeth, Kenneth C Chien, Hans Clevers, Rickard Sandberg, Vitezslav Bryja, Urban Lendahl
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Alagille syndrome is a genetic disorder characterized by cholestasis, ocular abnormalities, characteristic facial features, heart defects, and vertebral malformations. Most cases are associated with mutations in JAGGED1 (JAG1), which encodes a Notch ligand, although it is not clear how these contribute to disease development. We aimed to develop a mouse model of Alagille syndrome to elucidate these mechanisms. METHODS: Mice with a missense mutation (H268Q) in Jag1 (Jag1+/Ndr mice) were outbred to a C3H/C57bl6 background to generate a mouse model for Alagille syndrome (Jag1Ndr/Ndr mice)...
November 20, 2017: Gastroenterology
Zachary Steinhart, Zvezdan Pavlovic, Megha Chandrashekhar, Traver Hart, Xiaowei Wang, Xiaoyu Zhang, Mélanie Robitaille, Kevin R Brown, Sridevi Jaksani, René Overmeer, Sylvia F Boj, Jarrett Adams, James Pan, Hans Clevers, Sachdev Sidhu, Jason Moffat, Stéphane Angers
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/nm.4219.
November 7, 2017: Nature Medicine
Jennifer Karmouch, Qiong Q Zhou, Christina Y Miyake, Raffaella Lombardi, Kai Kretzschmar, Marie Bannier-Hélaouët, Hans Clevers, Xander H T Wehrens, James T Willerson, Ali J Marian
RATIONALE: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is caused primarily by mutations in genes encoding desmosome proteins. Ventricular arrhythmias are the cardinal and typically early manifestations, whereas myocardial fibroadiposis is the pathological hallmark. Homozygous DSP (desmoplakin) and JUP (junction protein plakoglobin) mutations are responsible for a subset of patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy who exhibit cardiac arrhythmias and dysfunction, palmoplanter keratosis, and hair abnormalities (cardiocutaneous syndromes)...
December 8, 2017: Circulation Research
Eduard Batlle, Hans Clevers
The cancer stem cell (CSC) concept was proposed four decades ago, and states that tumor growth, analogous to the renewal of healthy tissues, is fueled by small numbers of dedicated stem cells. It has gradually become clear that many tumors harbor CSCs in dedicated niches, and yet their identification and eradication has not been as obvious as was initially hoped. Recently developed lineage-tracing and cell-ablation strategies have provided insights into CSC plasticity, quiescence, renewal, and therapeutic response...
October 6, 2017: Nature Medicine
Annette T Byrne, Denis G Alférez, Frédéric Amant, Daniela Annibali, Joaquín Arribas, Andrew V Biankin, Alejandra Bruna, Eva Budinská, Carlos Caldas, David K Chang, Robert B Clarke, Hans Clevers, George Coukos, Virginie Dangles-Marie, S Gail Eckhardt, Eva Gonzalez-Suarez, Els Hermans, Manuel Hidalgo, Monika A Jarzabek, Steven de Jong, Jos Jonkers, Kristel Kemper, Luisa Lanfrancone, Gunhild Mari Mælandsmo, Elisabetta Marangoni, Jean-Christophe Marine, Enzo Medico, Jens Henrik Norum, Héctor G Palmer, Daniel S Peeper, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Alejandro Piris-Gimenez, Sergio Roman-Roman, Oscar M Rueda, Joan Seoane, Violeta Serra, Laura Soucek, Dominique Vanhecke, Alberto Villanueva, Emilie Vinolo, Andrea Bertotti, Livio Trusolino
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/nrc.2016.140.
September 15, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
Jarno Drost, Ruben van Boxtel, Francis Blokzijl, Tomohiro Mizutani, Nobuo Sasaki, Valentina Sasselli, Joep de Ligt, Sam Behjati, Judith E Grolleman, Tom van Wezel, Serena Nik-Zainal, Roland P Kuiper, Edwin Cuppen, Hans Clevers
Mutational processes underlie cancer initiation and progression. Signatures of these processes in cancer genomes may explain cancer etiology and could hold diagnostic and prognostic value. We developed a strategy that can be used to explore the origin of cancer-associated mutational signatures. We used CRISPR-Cas9 technology to delete key DNA repair genes in human colon organoids, followed by delayed subcloning and whole-genome sequencing. We found that mutation accumulation in organoids deficient in the mismatch repair gene MLH1 is driven by replication errors and accurately models the mutation profiles observed in mismatch repair-deficient colorectal cancers...
October 13, 2017: Science
Devanjali Dutta, Hans Clevers
Recent advances in host-microbe interaction studies in organoid cultures have shown great promise and have laid the foundation for much more refined future studies using these systems. Modeling of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in cerebral organoids have helped us understand its association with microcephaly. Similarly, the pathogenesis of bacterial (Helicobacter pylori, Clostridium difficile) and viral (Norovirus, Rotaviruses) infections have been precisely dissected in organoid cultures. Additionally, direct associations between microbial colonization of tissues and diseases like cancer have also been deciphered...
August 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
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