Human liver organoids and disease models, it’s time to use a more realistic ECM

The current hiPSC-derived models are adapted to reproduce diseases of genetic origin in two dimensions and have allowed in recent years to model diseases by using hepatocyte-like-cells (HCL) such as: Alpha1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency (Tafaleng et al., 2015) Familial transthyretin-related amyloidosis (ATTR) (Isono et al., 2014) Glycogen storage deficiency (Satoh et Read more…

A single procedure to generate functional hiPSCs-derived liver organoids -Towards an innovative tool suitable for drug screening

The current hiPSC-derived models are adapted to reproduce diseases of genetic origin. However, the current two-dimensional HLC (hepatocyte like-cells) model has an immature liver phenotype that is more is closer to a perinatal liver. Furthermore, it does not take into account the complexity of the tissues and the extracellular environment Read more…

Importance of the liver extracellular matrix in the development of NASH/ASH

The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a non-cellular component of tissues and organs. It is mainly composed of structural elements (proteoglycans collagens, elastin) and cell adhesion proteins such as fibronectin and laminins. The ECM forms a complex structure with physical properties (elasticity, tensile and compression strength), which provides physical support for Read more…