Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) have been shown to impact the chemosensitivity of patient-derived tumor organoids (PDTOs). However, the published literature comparing PDTO response to clinical outcome does not include CAFs in the models. Here, a co-culture model was created using PDTOs and CAFs derived from endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle biopsies (EUS-FNBs) for potential use in drug screening applications. Co-cultures were established, and growth was compared to monocultures using image metrics and a commercially available assay. We were able to establish and expand validated malignant PDTOs from 19.2% of adenocarcinomas from EUS-FNBs. CAFs could be established from 25% of the samples. The viability of PDTOs in the mixed cell co-culture could be isolated using image metrics. The addition of CAFs promoted PDTO growth in half of the established co-cultures. These results show that co-cultures can be established from tiny amounts of tissue provided by EUS-FNB. An increased growth of PDTOs was shown in co-cultures, suggesting that the present setup successfully models CAF-PDTO interaction. Furthermore, we demonstrated that standard validation techniques may be insufficient to detect contamination with normal cells in PDTO cultures established from primary tumor core biopsies.

Udgave nummer14
StatusUdgivet - 19 jul. 2023


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