Modeling pancreatic pathophysiology using genome editing of adult stem cell-derived and induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived organoids

Sabrina T. Hirshorn, Nina Steele, Yana Zavros

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Abstract

In recent years, organoids have become a novel in vitro method to study gastrointestinal organ development, physiology, and disease. An organoid, in short, may be defined as a miniaturized organ that can be grown from adult stem cells in vitro and studied at the microscopic level. Organoids have been used in multitudes of different ways to study the physiology of different human diseases including gastrointestinal cancers such as pancreatic cancer. The development of genome editing based on the bacterial defense mechanism clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 has emerged as a laboratory tool that provides the opportunity to study the effects of specific genetic changes on organ development, physiology, and disease. The CRISPR/Cas9 approach can be combined with organoid technology including the use of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived and tissue-derived organoids. The goal of this review is to provide highlights on the development of organoid technology, and the use of this culture system to study the pathophysiology of specific mutations in the development of pancreatic and gastric cancers.NEW & NOTEWORTHY The goal of this review is not only to provide highlights on the development of organoid technology but also to subsequently use this information to study the pathophysiology of those specific mutations in the formation of malignant pancreatic and gastric cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)G1142-G1150
JournalAmerican journal of physiology. Gastrointestinal and liver physiology
Volume320
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CRISPR/Cas9
  • organoids
  • pancreatic cancer
  • pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Physiology (medical)

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