Organ‐like cell clusters, so‐called organoids, which exhibit self‐organized and similar organ functionality as the tissue of origin, have provided a whole new level of bioinspiration for ex vivo systems. Microfluidic organoid or organs‐on‐a‐chip platforms are a new group of micro-engineered promising models that recapitulate 3D tissue structure and physiology and combines several advantages of current in vivo and in vitro models. Microfluidics technology is used in numerous applications since it allows us to control and manipulate fluid flows with a high degree of accuracy. This system is an emerging tool for understanding disease development and progression, especially for personalized therapeutic strategies for cancer treatment, which provide well‐grounded, cost‐effective, powerful, fast, and reproducible results. In this review, we highlight how the organoid‐on‐a‐chip models have improved the potential of efficiency and reproducibility of organoid cultures. More widely, we discuss current challenges and development on organoid culture systems together with microfluidic approaches and their limitations. Finally, we describe the recent progress and potential utilization in the organs‐on‐a‐chip practice.

Microfluidic organoids‐on‐a‐chip: Quantum leap in cancer research

Duzagac F.;Saorin G.;Rizzolio F.
2021

Abstract

Organ‐like cell clusters, so‐called organoids, which exhibit self‐organized and similar organ functionality as the tissue of origin, have provided a whole new level of bioinspiration for ex vivo systems. Microfluidic organoid or organs‐on‐a‐chip platforms are a new group of micro-engineered promising models that recapitulate 3D tissue structure and physiology and combines several advantages of current in vivo and in vitro models. Microfluidics technology is used in numerous applications since it allows us to control and manipulate fluid flows with a high degree of accuracy. This system is an emerging tool for understanding disease development and progression, especially for personalized therapeutic strategies for cancer treatment, which provide well‐grounded, cost‐effective, powerful, fast, and reproducible results. In this review, we highlight how the organoid‐on‐a‐chip models have improved the potential of efficiency and reproducibility of organoid cultures. More widely, we discuss current challenges and development on organoid culture systems together with microfluidic approaches and their limitations. Finally, we describe the recent progress and potential utilization in the organs‐on‐a‐chip practice.
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