Organoids in immunological research

Yotam E. Bar-Ephraim, Kai Kretzschmar, Hans Clevers

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Much of our knowledge regarding the interactions between epithelial tissues and the immune system has been gathered from animal models and co-cultures with cell lines. However, unique features of human cells cannot be modelled in mice, and cell lines are often transformed or genetically immortalized. Organoid technology has emerged as a powerful tool to maintain epithelial cells in a near-native state. In this Review, we discuss how organoids are being used in immunological research to understand the role of epithelial cell–immune cell interactions in tissue development and homeostasis, as well as in diseases such as cancer.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)279-293
Aantal pagina's15
TijdschriftNature Reviews Immunology
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 mei 2020


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