Laboratory for Human Organogenesis
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What do you think is the ultimate goal of regenerative research using human pluripotent stem cells? We think that is to recreate a whole replaceable organ in vitro via directed differentiation. In the previous study, we developed a protocol by which human pluripotent stem cells can be differentiated into the intermediate mesoderm that self-organizes kidney organoids. Kidney organoids comprises all anticipated renal tissues, including nephrons, collecting duct, blood vessels and renal interstitium, although, they are still far from the real human kidney in their size, tissue complexity, maturity and functionality. By precisely recapitulating the developmental process of human kidney in directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells, we are trying to achieve the ultimate goal, generation of a three-dimensional urinary tract including the kidney and the bladder that is functional and transplantable to the patients. We also study about how to recapitulate the development of other organs that connect to the kidney. We appreciate knowledge from basic developmental biology that is essential for such regenerative studies; therefore, we are highly interested in studies of human embryology. Utilizing our unique technology that generates hPSCs-derived kidney organoids from the pluripotent stage in vitro, we are especially investigating developmental mechanisms of human mesoderm and kidney.
- Generation of functional and transplantable urinary tract organoids
- Investigation of developmental mechanisms of human mesendoderm from hPSCs
- Developmental biology utilizing human organoids as a platform
Matsubayashi M, Sakaguchi YM, Sahara Y, et al.
27-Hydroxycholesterol regulates human SLC22A12 gene expression through estrogen receptor action.
FASEB Journal 35(1), e21262 (2021) doi: 10.1096/fj.202002077R
Knarston IM, Pachernegg S, Robevska G, et al.
An In Vitro Differentiation Protocol for Human Embryonic Bipotential Gonad and Testis Cell Development.
Stem Cell Reports 15(6), 1377-1391 (2020) doi: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2020.10.009
Yamamura T, Horinouchi T, Adachi T, et al.
Development of an exon skipping therapy for X-linked Alport syndrome with truncating variants in COL4A5.
Nature Communications 11(1), 2777 (2020) doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-16605-x
Takasato M, Wymeersch FJ.
Challenges to future regenerative applications using kidney organoids.
Curr. Opin. Biomed. Eng. 13, 144-151 (2020) doi: 10.1016/j.cobme.2020.03.003
Advice for the Next Generation: Minoru Takasato.
Cell Stem Cell 24, 688-689 (2019) doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2019.04.009
Phipson B, Er PX, Combes AN, et al.
Evaluation of variability in human kidney organoids.
Nature Methods 16(1), 79-87 (2019) doi: 10.1038/s41592-018-0253-2
van den Berg CW, Ritsma L, Avramut MC, et al.
Renal Subcapsular Transplantation of PSC-Derived Kidney Organoids Induces Neo-vasculogenesis and Significant Glomerular and Tubular Maturation In Vivo.
Stem Cell Reports 10(3), 751-765 (2018) doi: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2018.01.041
Takasato M, Er P X, Chiu H S, Little M H.
Generation of kidney organoids from human pluripotent stem cells.
Nature Protocols 11, 1681-1692 (2016) doi: 10.1038/nprot.2016.098
Takasato M, Er P X, Chiu H S, et al.
Kidney organoids from human iPS cells contain multiple lineages and model human nephrogenesis.
Nature 526, 564-568 (2015) doi: 10.1038/nature15695
Takasato M, Little M H.
The origin of the mammalian kidney: implications for recreating the kidney in vitro.
Development 142, 1937-1947 (2015) doi: 10.1242/dev.104802
Takasato M, Er P X, Becroft M, et al.
Directing human embryonic stem cell differentiation towards a renal lineage generates a self-organizing kidney.
Nature Cell Biology 16, 118-126 (2014) doi: 10.1038/ncb2894
Filip Jos Wymeersch
Special Postdoctoral Researcher
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Junior Research Associate
Junior Research Associate
Administrative Part-time Worker I
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New link between cholesterol and hyperuricemia offers potential as therapeutic target [PDF 441KB]
May 7, 2018 BDR News
Minoru Takasato awarded Young Scientists' Prize