Serum-Free Organ Culture of the Embryonic Mouse Ureter

  • Filipa M. LopesEmail author
  • Adrian S. Woolf
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1926)


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 words

Culture 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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, Division of Cell Matrix Biology and Regenerative Medicine, School of Biological SciencesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Academic Health Science CentreManchesterUK

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