Cirle Warren of the University of Virginia in the U.S. will develop a three dimensional cell culture model (organoid) of the human intestine to study diarrheal diseases. They will build the organoids in a bioreactor using three intestinal cell types, and test different scaffolds to simulate the complex cellular and structural architecture of the human gut. The organoids will then be infected with Cryptosporidium, a common cause of diarrhea in developing countries, and analyzed for altered structural and molecular characteristics to gain insight into the host infection response. This model could also be used to identify new drug targets and evaluate candidate drugs.
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