Friday, 3 February 2017

Scientists tissue-engineer functional part of human stomach


Scientists have used pluripotent stem cells to generate human stomach tissues in a Petri dish that produce acid and digestive enzymes. They grew tissues from the stomach's corpus/fundus region. The study comes two years after the same team generated the stomach's hormone-producing region (the antrum). The discovery means investigators now can grow both parts of the human stomach to study disease.

The discovery means investigators now can grow both parts of the human stomach to study disease, model new treatments and understand human development and health in ways never before possible.

See:

Kyle W. McCracken, Eitaro Aihara, Baptiste Martin, Calyn M. Crawford, Taylor Broda, Julie Treguier, Xinghao Zhang, John M. Shannon, Marshall H. Montrose, James M. Wells. Wnt/β-catenin promotes gastric fundus specification in mice and humans. Nature, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/nature21021

Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle