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Special Issue "Modelling Human Development and Disease Using Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Organoids"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sally Martin
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Stem Cell Engineering Group, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland, Brisbane QLD 4072, Australia
Interests: molecular biology; cell biology; lipids; energy metabolism; adipocytes; endocytosis; endosomes; exocytosis; DNA methylation; epigenetic mechanism; proteomic analyses; neurons; stem cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Organoids, three-dimensional (3D) multicellular structures formed by the self-aggregation and differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, present unique opportunities to study and understand complex biology within a physiologically relevant and tractable context. Their 3D nature better represents the in vivo environment than more traditional 2D cell models, and by manipulating growth conditions and signalling factors, organoids can be generated to typify an ever-increasing variety of human organs.

This Special Issue will focus on recent advances in the generation of organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells and the application of these organoids to the investigation of developmental biology and disease modelling. Original articles and reviews are invited from basic research studies on all aspects of human PSC-derived organoid development, and the application of organoid technology to the development of novel model systems and the interrogation of complex disease phenotypes.

Dr. Sally Martin
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Organoids
  • Pluripotent stem cells
  • Disease Modelling
  • Developmental Biology
  • Organogenesis

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The Use of Stem Cell-Derived Organoids in Disease Modeling: An Update
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2021, 22(14), 7667; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijms22147667 - 17 Jul 2021
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Organoids represent one of the most important advancements in the field of stem cells during the past decade. They are three-dimensional in vitro culturing models that originate from self-organizing stem cells and can mimic the in vivo structural and functional specificities of body [...] Read more.
Organoids represent one of the most important advancements in the field of stem cells during the past decade. They are three-dimensional in vitro culturing models that originate from self-organizing stem cells and can mimic the in vivo structural and functional specificities of body organs. Organoids have been established from multiple adult tissues as well as pluripotent stem cells and have recently become a powerful tool for studying development and diseases in vitro, drug screening, and host–microbe interaction. The use of stem cells—that have self-renewal capacity to proliferate and differentiate into specialized cell types—for organoids culturing represents a major advancement in biomedical research. Indeed, this new technology has a great potential to be used in a multitude of fields, including cancer research, hereditary and infectious diseases. Nevertheless, organoid culturing is still rife with many challenges, not limited to being costly and time consuming, having variable rates of efficiency in generation and maintenance, genetic stability, and clinical applications. In this review, we aim to provide a synopsis of pluripotent stem cell-derived organoids and their use for disease modeling and other clinical applications. Full article
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