Serum-Free Organ Culture of the Embryonic Mouse Ureter
The ability to explant and then maintain embryonic tissues in organ culture makes it feasible to study the growth and differentiation of whole organs, or parts or combinations of them, in three dimensions. Moreover, the possible effects of biochemical manipulations or mutations can be explored by visualizing a growing organ. The mammalian renal tract comprises the kidney, ureter, and urinary bladder, and the focus of this chapter is organ culture of the embryonic mouse ureter in serum-free defined medium. Over the culture period, rudiments grow in length, smooth muscle differentiates, and the ureters then undergo peristalsis in a proximal to distal direction.
Key wordsCulture Embryo Mouse Peristalsis Ureter
This work was supported by the RENALTRACT Initial Training Network that received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 642937.
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