Single-cell resolution three-dimensional imaging of intact organoids

Ravian L. van Ineveld, Hendrikus C.R. Ariese, Ellen J. Wehrens, Johanna F. Dekkers, Anne C. Rios

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Organoid technology, in vitro 3D culturing of miniature tissue, has opened a new experimental window for cellular processes that govern organ development and function as well as disease. Fluorescence microscopy has played a major role in characterizing their cellular composition in detail and demonstrating their similarity to the tissue they originate from. In this article, we present a comprehensive protocol for high-resolution 3D imaging of whole organoids upon immunofluorescent labeling. This method is widely applicable for imaging of organoids differing in origin, size and shape. Thus far we have applied the method to airway, colon, kidney, and liver organoids derived from healthy human tissue, as well as human breast tumor organoids and mouse mammary gland organoids. We use an optical clearing agent, FUnGI, which enables the acquisition of whole 3D organoids with the opportunity for single-cell quantification of markers. This three-day protocol from organoid harvesting to image analysis is optimized for 3D imaging using confocal microscopy.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1-8
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftJournal of Visualized Experiments
Nummer van het tijdschrift160
StatusGepubliceerd - 2020


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