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Organoids as a model for colorectal cancer

Young, Madeleine and Reed, Karen Ruth ORCID: 2016. Organoids as a model for colorectal cancer. Current Colorectal Cancer Reports 12 (5) , pp. 281-287. 10.1007/s11888-016-0335-4

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Modelling human diseases in in vitro systems is undisputedly an invaluable research tool, yet there are many limitations. Some of those limitations have been overcome through the introduction of organoid culture systems, which have revolutionised colorectal cancer research and enabled an array of new experimental techniques. This 3D system models the physiology, shape, dynamics and cell make-up of the intestinal epithelium producing a relevant and highly adaptable model system. The increased functional relevance of this model compared to the use of 2D cancer cell lines makes it an invaluable tool for both basic and translational research. As the limitations of this system are being overcome to make high-throughput assays possible, it is clear that organoids are becoming a mainstay of colorectal cancer research. This review aims to explore the advantages and limitations of this system and discusses the future directions enabled by this model.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISSN: 1556-3790
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 September 2016
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 07:34

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