Somatic cell-derived organoids as prototypes of human epithelial tissues and diseases

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Recent progress in our understanding of the regulation of epithelial tissue stem cells has allowed us to exploit their abilities and instruct them to self-organize into tissue-mimicking structures, so-called organoids. Organoids preserve the molecular, structural and functional characteristics of their tissues of origin, thus providing an attractive opportunity to study the biology of human tissues in health and disease. In parallel to deriving organoids from yet-uncultured epithelial tissues, the field is devoting a growing amount of effort to model human diseases using organoids. This Review describes multidisciplinary approaches for creating organoid models of human genetic, neoplastic, immunological and infectious diseases, and details how they have contributed to our understanding of disease biology. We further highlight the potential role as well as limitations of organoids in clinical practice and showcase the latest achievements and approaches for tuning the organoid culture system to position organoids in biologically defined settings and to grant organoids with better representation of human tissues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-169
Number of pages14
JournalNature Materials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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