IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human)

Cell culture medium for establishment and maintenance of human intestinal organoids

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IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human)

Cell culture medium for establishment and maintenance of human intestinal organoids

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IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human) is a complete cell culture medium for efficient establishment and long-term maintenance of intestinal organoids derived from human intestinal crypts. Intestinal organoids provide a convenient in vitro organotypic culture system for studying the intestinal epithelium. The organoids incorporate a functional lumen enclosed by a polarized intestinal epithelial cell layer. Isolated intestinal crypts rapidly form organoids when cultured in IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human). Applications of intestinal organoid cultures include studying the development and function of intestinal epithelium, modeling intestinal diseases, and screening molecules for both efficacy and toxicity in an intestinal model. Intestinal organoid cultures can also be used for investigation of adult stem cell properties and for regenerative therapy approaches.
• Convenient, in vitro system that recapitulates many key characteristics of the adult intestinal epithelium, including intra- and intercellular signaling, self-propagating stem cell niche, and functional transport into and out of the lumen
• Complete medium formulation that delivers consistent results
• Enables generation of intestinal organoids in one week
• Easy-to-use format and optimized protocol
  • IntestiCult™ OGM Human Basal Medium
  • Organoid Supplement
Specialized Media
Cell Type:
Intestinal Cells
Cell Culture; Differentiation; Expansion; Maintenance; Organoid Culture
Area of Interest:
Disease Modeling; Drug Discovery and Toxicity Testing; Epithelial Cell Biology; Stem Cell Biology

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Figure 1. Primary Organoids Grown in IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human) are Fully Mature After 10-14 Days in Culture

Primary organoids were cultured from human colonic biopsy samples and grown in IntestiCult Organoid Growth Medium (Human). Organoids were imaged after (A) two days, (B) six days, (C) eight days and (D) ten days growth.

Figure 2. Organoids Grown in IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human) Display Markers of Human Intestinal Epithelial Cells

Immunofluorescence of organoids grown in IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human) showing colocalization of (A) DAPI, (B) EPCAM and (C) Ki67. (D) A merged image shows the position of actively proliferating (Ki67+) intestinal stem cells within the epithelial layer (EPCAM+).

Figure 3. Forskolin-Induced Swelling of Organoids Grown in IntestiCult™ Organoid Growth Medium (Human)

Organoids were treated with (A) 5 μM Forskolin or (B) DMSO and organoid area was measured at 0 minutes and 120 minutes. (C)Forskolin-treated organoids increased in size 33.5 ± 3.8% compared to 7.5 ± 0.8% for DMSO-treated organoids.


Nature communications 2020 may

TNFAIP8 controls murine intestinal stem cell homeostasis and regeneration by regulating microbiome-induced Akt signaling.

J. R. Goldsmith et al.


The intestine is a highly dynamic environment that requires tight control of the various inputs to maintain homeostasis and allow for proper responses to injury. It was recently found that the stem cell niche and epithelium is regenerated after injury by de-differentiated adult cells, through a process that gives rise to Sca1+ fetal-like cells and is driven by a transient population of Clu+ revival stem cells (revSCs). However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate this dynamic process have not been fully defined. Here we show that TNFAIP8 (also known as TIPE0) is a regulator of intestinal homeostasis that is vital for proper regeneration. TIPE0 functions through inhibiting basal Akt activation by the commensal microbiota via modulating membrane phospholipid abundance. Loss of TIPE0 in mice results in injury-resistant enterocytes, that are hyperproliferative, yet have regenerative deficits and are shifted towards a de-differentiated state. Tipe0-/- enterocytes show basal induction of the Clu+ regenerative program and a fetal gene expression signature marked by Sca1, but upon injury are unable to generate Sca-1+/Clu+ revSCs and could not regenerate the epithelium. This work demonstrates the role of TIPE0 in regulating the dynamic signaling that determines the injury response and enables intestinal epithelial cell regenerative plasticity.
ACS infectious diseases 2020 may

Fucose-Galactose Polymers Inhibit Cholera Toxin Binding to Fucosylated Structures and Galactose-Dependent Intoxication of Human Enteroids.

J. Cervin et al.


A promising strategy to limit cholera severity involves blockers mimicking the canonical cholera toxin ligand (CT) ganglioside GM1. However, to date the efficacies of most of these blockers have been evaluated in noncellular systems that lack ligands other than GM1. Importantly, the CT B subunit (CTB) has a noncanonical site that binds fucosylated structures, which in contrast to GM1 are highly expressed in the human intestine. Here we evaluate the capacity of norbornene polymers displaying galactose and/or fucose to block CTB binding to immobilized protein-linked glycan structures and also to primary human and murine small intestine epithelial cells (SI ECs). We show that the binding of CTB to human SI ECs is largely dependent on the noncanonical binding site, and interference with the canonical site has a limited effect while the opposite is observed with murine SI ECs. The galactose-fucose polymer blocks binding to fucosylated glycans but not to GM1. However, the preincubation of CT with the galactose-fucose polymer only partially blocks toxic effects on cultured human enteroid cells, while preincubation with GM1 completely blocks CT-mediated secretion. Our results support a model whereby the binding of fucose to the noncanonical site places CT in close proximity to scarcely expressed galactose receptors such as GM1 to enable binding via the canonical site leading to CT internalization and intoxication. Our finding also highlights the importance of complementing CTB binding studies with functional intoxication studies when assessing the efficacy inhibitors of CT.
Toxicology in vitro : an international journal published in association with BIBRA 2020 jul

Human ileal organoid model recapitulates clinical incidence of diarrhea associated with small molecule drugs.

D. G. Belair et al.


Drug-induced gastrointestinal toxicity (GIT) is a common treatment-emergent adverse event that can negatively impact dosing, thereby limiting efficacy and treatment options for patients. An in vitro assay of GIT is needed to address patient variability, mimic the microphysiology of the gut, and accurately predict drug-induced GIT. Primary human ileal organoids (termed 'enteroids') have proven useful for stimulating intestinal stem cell proliferation and differentiation to multiple cell types present in the gut epithelium. Enteroids have enabled characterization of gut biology and the signaling involved in the pathogenesis of disease. Here, enteroids were differentiated from four healthy human donors and assessed for culture duration-dependent differentiation status by immunostaining for gut epithelial markers lysozyme, chromogranin A, mucin, and sucrase isomaltase. Differentiated enteroids were evaluated with a reference set of 31 drugs exhibiting varying degrees of clinical incidence of diarrhea, a common manifestation of GIT that can be caused by drug-induced thinning of the gut epithelium. An assay examining enteroid viability in response to drug treatment demonstrated 90{\%} accuracy for recapitulating the incidence of drug-induced diarrhea. The human enteroid viability assay developed here presents a promising in vitro model for evaluating drug-induced diarrhea.
The Journal of clinical investigation 2020 jan

Apelin directs endothelial cell differentiation and vascular repair following immune-mediated injury.

A. G. Masoud et al.


Sustained, indolent immune injury of the vasculature of a heart transplant limits long-term graft and recipient survival. This injury is mitigated by a poorly characterized, maladaptive repair response. Vascular endothelial cells respond to proangiogenic cues in the embryo by differentiation to specialized phenotypes, associated with expression of apelin. In the adult, the role of developmental proangiogenic cues in repair of the established vasculature is largely unknown. We found that human and minor histocompatibility-mismatched donor mouse heart allografts with alloimmune-mediated vasculopathy upregulated expression of apelin in arteries and myocardial microvessels. In vivo, loss of donor heart expression of apelin facilitated graft immune cell infiltration, blunted vascular repair, and worsened occlusive vasculopathy in mice. In vitro, an apelin receptor agonist analog elicited endothelial nitric oxide synthase activation to promote endothelial monolayer wound repair and reduce immune cell adhesion. Thus, apelin acted as an autocrine growth cue to sustain vascular repair and mitigate the effects of immune injury. Treatment with an apelin receptor agonist after vasculopathy was established markedly reduced progression of arterial occlusion in mice. Together, these initial data identify proangiogenic apelin as a key mediator of coronary vascular repair and a pharmacotherapeutic target for immune-mediated injury of the coronary vasculature.
Journal of animal science 2020 feb

Evaluation of swine enteroids as in vitro models for Lawsonia intracellularis infection1,2.

T. P. Resende et al.


The enteric pathogen Lawsonia intracellularis is one of the main causes of diarrhea and compromised weight gain in pigs worldwide. Traditional cell-line cultures have been used to study L. intracellularis pathogenesis. However, these systems fail to reproduce the epithelial changes observed in the intestines of L. intracellularis-infected pigs, specifically, the changes in intestinal cell constitution and gene expression. A more physiologically accurate and state-of-the-art model is provided by swine enteroids derived from stem cell-containing crypts from healthy pigs. The objective of this study was to verify the feasibility of two-dimensional swine enteroids as in vitro models for L. intracellularis infection. We established both three- and two-dimensional swine enteroid cultures derived from intestinal crypts. The two-dimensional swine enteroids were infected by L. intracellularis in four independent experiments. Enteroid-infected samples were collected 3 and 7 d postinfection for analysis using real-time quantitative PCR and L. intracellularis immunohistochemistry. In this study, we show that L. intracellularis is capable of infecting and replicating intracellularly in two-dimensional swine enteroids derived from ileum.