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PELOBiotech Newsletter Nov/Dec. 2018

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Relevance of Kidney Organoids

Kidney organoids are relevant from several perspectives, including modelling of kidney disease and injury. Commonly-used

in vitro two-dimensional cell (2D) models are limited because cells behave differently in a 2D configuration

and cannot constitute in vivo-relevant cell-cell interactions.[1] Besides, contemporary in vivo animal models

often fail to represent human diseases due to species-species differences.[2] Modelling diseases using organoids

surpasses these problems. Stem cells from patients with a certain disease can be grown to organoids, which can

experimentally be manipulated in each disease context. Gut organoids are currently the best-established organoid

disease model and are already used in practice to model cystic fibrosis. In most cystic fibrosis patients, a dysfunctional

CFTR gene causes improper fluid

transport along the gut epithelium, which expresses

in abnormally thick and sticky

mucus.[3] CFTR is therefore important in fluid

transport in the gut, which could be

observed by patient gut organoids swelling

less than control gut organoids,[4] an

observation in parallel with the disease phenotype.

Kidney organoids have also

been shown to be relevant in modelling acute

kidney disease, because in vivo-

relevant biomarkers of kidney and DNA damage

show expression in organoids after

injury infliction. It has been shown that, after

treatment of kidney organoids with

antibiotic gentamicin or anti-cancer drug cisplatin,

organoid cells showed expressi- on of kidney injury marker 1.[5]

Organoids can also be used to screen

for efficacy and safety of potentially diseasecuring

drugs. Drug development cur-

rently experiences that 66% and 30% of all

preclinically validated drugs fail to en-

ter the next developmental stage from phase

II and phase III, respectively.[6] This

phenomenon illustrates the huge gap between

preclinical drug validation and success

of these drugs in the clinic, which exists because

the simple two-dimensional in

vitro cell models often do not resemble the

much more complex in vivo patholo-

gies.[2] Large-scale use of organoid systems

in drug screening might bridge the gap

between pre-clinical validation and use of the

drug in the clinic, as they are consi-

dered to more closely resemble the in vivo

situation than two-dimensional cell

cultures.[11, 7] Drug screens employing organoid

systems have already proven

successful. For example, Huang et al. performed

screening of candidate drugs to treat pancreatic cancer on organoids derived from patient stem cells, and

found that the organoids responded better than other candidate drugs to UNC1999, an inhibitor of epigenetic regulator

H3K27me3.[8] Also from the perspective of safety, kidney organoids would be a useful tool in drug nephrotoxicity

screenings. Compared to all other cell types, kidney cells are especially sensitive to toxins, xenobiotics, metabolic

waste products and other potentially harmful compounds,[5, 9] mainly because these compounds become

highly concentrated in renal cells due to extensive water resorption.[12] Nephrotoxicity in kidney cells and subsequent

kidney dysfunction is therefore a common complication of drug administration.[9, 10]



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Astashkina, A. and D.W. Grainger, Critical analysis of 3-D organoid in vitro cell culture models for

high-throughput drug candidate toxicity assessments. Adv Drug Deliv Rev, 2014. 69-70: p. 1-18.

Ranga, A., N. Gjorevski, and M.P. Lutolf, Drug discovery through stem cell-based organoid models.

Adv Drug Deliv Rev, 2014. 69-70: p. 19-28.

Gardner, J., What you need to know about cystic fibrosis. Nursing, 2007. 37(7): p. 52-5.

Dekkers, J.F., et al., A functional CFTR assay using primary cystic fibrosis intestinal organoids. Nat

Med, 2013. 19(7): p. 939-45.

Morizane, R., et al., Nephron organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells model kidney

development and injury. Nat Biotech, 2015. 33(11): p. 1193-1200.

Au, S.H., et al., Hepatic organoids for microfluidic drug screening. Lab Chip, 2014. 14(17): p. 3290-9.

Wang, S., D. Gao, and Y. Chen, The potential of organoids in urological cancer research. Nat Rev

Urol, 2017. 14(7): p. 401-414.

Huang, L., et al., Ductal pancreatic cancer modeling and drug screening using human pluripotent

stem cell- and patient-derived tumor organoids. Nat Med, 2015. 21(11): p. 1364-71.

Fisel, P., et al., Solute carrier transporter and drug-related nephrotoxicity: the impact of proximal

tubule cell models for preclinical research. Expert Opin Drug Metab Toxicol, 2014. 10(3): p. 395-408.

Kandasamy, K., et al., Prediction of drug-induced nephrotoxicity and injury mechanisms with human

induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cells and machine learning methods. 2015. 5: p. 12337.

Xinaris, C., V. Brizi, and G. Remuzzi, Organoid Models and Applications in Biomedical Research.

Nephron, 2015. 130(3): p. 191-9.

Chuah, J.K. and D. Zink, Stem cell-derived kidney cells and organoids: Recent breakthroughs and

emerging applications. Biotechnol Adv, 2017. 35(2): p. 150-167.

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