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Subpopulations of Organoid-Forming Cells Have Different Motility

Department of Immunotechnology, Lund University, 223 63 Lund, Sweden
Department of ORL, Head and Neck Surgery, Skåne University Hospital, 221 85 Lund, Sweden
Phase Holographic Imaging, 223 63 Lund, Sweden
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(13), 4673;
Received: 29 May 2020 / Revised: 24 June 2020 / Accepted: 2 July 2020 / Published: 7 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Applications of Digital Holography in Biomedical Engineering)
Cancer stem cells from oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) have the ability to self-renew and differentiate into heterogeneous three-dimensional structures carrying features of tumor cells. Here, we describe a simple and label-free method for generating tumor organoids, and imaging them using live digital holographic microscopy (DHM) on the basis of the phase shift caused by light passing through the cells. We show early events of cell aggregation during tumor-organoid formation, and display their heterogeneity in terms of optical parameters up to an optical volume of 105 µm3. Lastly, by sorting OPSCC epithelial cells, we demonstrate that CD44+ cells displayed greater motility and tumor-forming capacity than those of CD44 cells. These results were in line with previous reports highlighting increased invasive and tumorigenic potential in tumor cells expressing high levels of CD44. Our method provides insight into the formation of tumor organoids, and could be used to assess stemness-associated biomarkers and drug screenings on the basis of tumor organoids. View Full-Text
Keywords: organoid formation; digital holography; cancer stem cells; oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinoma organoid formation; digital holography; cancer stem cells; oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinoma
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Gomez Jimenez, D.; Carreira Santos, S.; Greiff, L.; Alm, K.; Lindstedt, M. Subpopulations of Organoid-Forming Cells Have Different Motility. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 4673.

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Gomez Jimenez D, Carreira Santos S, Greiff L, Alm K, Lindstedt M. Subpopulations of Organoid-Forming Cells Have Different Motility. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(13):4673.

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Gomez Jimenez, David, Sofia Carreira Santos, Lennart Greiff, Kersti Alm, and Malin Lindstedt. 2020. "Subpopulations of Organoid-Forming Cells Have Different Motility" Applied Sciences 10, no. 13: 4673.

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