Phenotypic Analysis of Organoids by Proteomics

Proteomics. 2017 Oct;17(20). doi: 10.1002/pmic.201700023. Epub 2017 Sep 7.


The development of 3D cell cultures into self-organizing organ-like structures named organoids provides a model that better reflects in vivo organ physiology and their functional properties. Organoids have been established from several organs, such as the intestine, prostate, brain, liver, kidney and pancreas. With recent advances in high-throughput and -omics profiling technologies, it is now possible to study the mechanisms of cellular organisation at the systems level. It is therefore not surprising that these methods are now used to characterize organoids at the transcriptomic, proteomic, chromatin state and transcription factor DNA-binding levels. These approaches can therefore provide a wealth of information regarding both the mechanisms involved in different diseases, and those involved in cell responses to different conditions, in a more in vivo setting. The authors provide an overview of the potential applications of quantitative mass spectrometry with organoid culture, and how the use of large-scale proteome measurements is emerging in different organoid systems.

Keywords: 3D cell culture; Mass spectrometry; Organoids; Quantitative proteomics; SILAC; Stem cells.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / growth & development
  • Digestive System / cytology
  • Digestive System / growth & development
  • Humans
  • Kidney / cytology
  • Kidney / growth & development
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Organ Culture Techniques / methods*
  • Organogenesis
  • Organoids / cytology
  • Organoids / growth & development*
  • Peptides / analysis
  • Phenotype
  • Proteome / analysis
  • Proteomics / methods*


  • Peptides
  • Proteome