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An organoid biobank for childhood kidney cancers that captures disease and tissue heterogeneity

Calandrini, C; Schutgens, F; Oka, R; Margaritis, T; Candelli, T; Mathijsen, L; Ammerlaan, C; ... Drost, J; + view all (2020) An organoid biobank for childhood kidney cancers that captures disease and tissue heterogeneity. Nature Communications , 11 (1) , Article 1310. 10.1038/s41467-020-15155-6. Green open access

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Abstract

Kidney tumours are among the most common solid tumours in children, comprising distinct subtypes differing in many aspects, including cell-of-origin, genetics, and pathology. Pre-clinical cell models capturing the disease heterogeneity are currently lacking. Here, we describe the first paediatric cancer organoid biobank. It contains tumour and matching normal kidney organoids from over 50 children with different subtypes of kidney cancer, including Wilms tumours, malignant rhabdoid tumours, renal cell carcinomas, and congenital mesoblastic nephromas. Paediatric kidney tumour organoids retain key properties of native tumours, useful for revealing patient-specific drug sensitivities. Using single cell RNA-sequencing and high resolution 3D imaging, we further demonstrate that organoid cultures derived from Wilms tumours consist of multiple different cell types, including epithelial, stromal and blastemal-like cells. Our organoid biobank captures the heterogeneity of paediatric kidney tumours, providing a representative collection of well-characterised models for basic cancer research, drug-screening and personalised medicine.

Type: Article
Title: An organoid biobank for childhood kidney cancers that captures disease and tissue heterogeneity
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15155-6
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15155-6
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2020. This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Adult stem cells, Cancer, Cancer models, Paediatric cancer, Stem cells
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Developmental Biology and Cancer Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094208
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