A Colorectal Tumor Organoid Library Demonstrates Progressive Loss of Niche Factor Requirements during Tumorigenesis
Bhaskar Chanda Stem Cell Fujii et al. generated a comprehensive organoid library from colorectal cancer patients. Each organoid line was characterized by gene expression and as xenografts recapitulating the original clinical phenotype. By optimizing niche factor requirements and derivation efficiency, they were able to encompass a range of clinical stages and rare subtypes and reveal that niche-independent growth is progressively associated with the adenoma-carcinoma transition.