Generation of Kidney Organoids from hPSCs

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Takasato et al. describe a protocol to generate kidney organoids from human PSCs.

hiPSCs or ESCs were cultured in monolayers in MEF-conditioned ESC medium. The following day (day 0) the medium was exchanged for APEL medium supplemented with CHIR 99021 for intermediate mesoderm induction. CHIR 99021 was exchanged for FGF9 and heparin around days 2 to 5, depending on the PSC line used. On day 7 cells were harvested for 3D culture to facilitate organoid formation. Growth factors were withdrawn around day 12 and organoids were harvested on day 25.


Intermediate Mesoderm Induction Differentiation
CHIR 99021 (Cat.No. 4423) 8 μM FGF-9 (273-F9) 200 ng/ml
    Heparin (Cat.No. 2812) 1 μg/ml


Takasato et al. (2016) Generation of kidney organoids from human pluripotent stem cells. Nat. Protoc. 11 1681. PMID: 27560173

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