Organoids as a Model to Study Infectious Disease

  • Kristen A. Engevik
  • Andrea L. Matthis
  • Marshall H. Montrose
  • Eitaro AiharaEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1734)


The advent of the gastric organoid culture system has provided a new model to emulate native epithelial tissue in vitro. Gastric organoids grow from isolated epithelial stem cells and develop into three dimensional structures that can be used to study host physiology. Here we describe current laboratory protocols for growing gastric organoids and the microinjection of pathogens such as Helicobacter pylori into the lumen of gastric organoids in order to study the cellular response following infection.

Key words

Gastric organoids Microinjection Pathogens Helicobacter pylori Fluorescent dye 



This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants RO1 DK102551 (MHM). This project was supported in part by PHS Grant P30 DK078392 (Live Microscopy Core at University of Cincinnati) of the Digestive Disease Research Core Center in Cincinnati.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristen A. Engevik
    • 1
  • Andrea L. Matthis
    • 1
  • Marshall H. Montrose
    • 1
  • Eitaro Aihara
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacology and Systems PhysiologyUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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