This protocol outlines a method for culturing normal human lung organoids based on protocols described by Norman Sachs and Hans Clever (1). The procedure that is described allows for the long-term expansion of airway organoids in vitro from adult human lung tissue. Starting with a suspension of isolated and dissociated human lung tissue, the reagents and steps necessary to generate and passage human lung organoids are fully detailed, allowing for the generation of an in vitro lung model that can be used for pulmonary disease modeling and drug toxicity studies. This lung organoid protocol utilizes reagents across the Bio-Techne portfolio including recombinant proteins, small molecules, media supplements, and Cultrex® Organoid Qualified Basement Membrane Extract (BME) as a scaffold.
The protocol provides some specific tips and recommendations for culturing human lung organoids including:
- Recommended media for expanding and differentiating lung organoids
- Considerations and tips for starting lung organoid cultures
- Methods to optimize Cultrex Organoid Qualified BME as a matrix scaffold
- Tips for successful passaging and cryopreservation
- Data examples for lung organoid characterization
- Sachs, N. et al. (2019) EMBO J. 34:e100300.
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