Nat Commun. 2021 Jul 23;12(1):4492. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-24746-w.


Human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived organoids and cells have similar characteristics to human organs and tissues. Thus, in vitro human organoids and cells serve as a superior alternative to conventional cell lines and animal models in drug development and regenerative medicine. For a simple and reproducible analysis of the quality of organoids and cells to compensate for the shortcomings of existing experimental validation studies, a quantitative evaluation method should be developed. Here, using the GTEx database, we construct a quantitative calculation system to assess similarity to the human organs. To evaluate our system, we generate hPSC-derived organoids and cells, and detected organ similarity. To facilitate the access of our system by researchers, we develop a web-based user interface presenting similarity to the appropriate organs as percentages. Thus, this program could provide valuable information for the generation of high-quality organoids and cells and a strategy to guide proper lineage-oriented differentiation.

PMID:34301945 | DOI:10.1038/s41467-021-24746-w