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When Clifford Grobstein set out to study the inductive interaction between tissues in the developing embryo, he developed a method that remained important for the study of renal development until now. From the late 1950s on, in vitro cultivation of the metanephric kidney became a standard method. It provided an artificial environment that served as an open(More)
The kidney plays an essential role during excretion of metabolic waste products, maintenance of key homeostasis components such as ion concentrations and hormone levels. It influences the blood pressure, composition and volume. The kidney tubule system is composed of two distinct cell populations: the nephrons forming the filtering units and the collecting(More)
Adrenal glands are zonated endocrine organs that are essential in controlling body homeostasis. How zonation is induced and maintained and how renewal of the adrenal cortex is ensured remain a mystery. Here we show that capsular RSPO3 signals to the underlying steroidogenic compartment to induce β-catenin signaling and imprint glomerulosa cell fate.(More)
Organ transplantation is currently the best strategy for treating end stage renal disease (ESRD) but the numbers of donor kidneys available are not sufficient to meet the needs of the ever-increasing ESRD population. Therefore, developments in the field of tissue engineering are necessary to provide alternative treatments. Decellularization and(More)
New therapies that are derived from small molecules and stem/progenitor cells should be developed to face the increasing occurrence of end stage renal disease where treatments are currently limited. Over the last decade a significant progress in the knowledge of how the organs are assembled have been made and led to development of novel three-dimensional(More)
When Clifford Grobstein set out to study the inductive interaction between tissues in the developing embryo, he developed a method that remained important for the study of renal development until now. From the late 1950s on, in vitro cultivation of the metanephric kidney became a standard method. It provided an artificial environment that served as an open(More)
Tissue, organ and organoid cultures provide suitable models for developmental studies, but our understanding of how the organs are assembled at the single-cell level still remains unclear. We describe here a novel fixed z-direction (FiZD) culture setup that permits high-resolution confocal imaging of organoids and embryonic tissues. In a FiZD culture a(More)
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