Understanding Interactions Between Gut Epithelial Stem Cells And Neurons

Grant number: DE180100261 | Funding period: 2018 - 2020

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This project aims to investigate the interaction between gut neurons and the epithelial stem cell compartment, as well as the relationship between age-related loss of enteric neurons and changes in gut epithelial stem cells. This project will include novel co-culturing of organoids and enteric neurospheres, which will identify mechanisms by which nerves influence the epithelia. The outcome of the project will be a better understanding of the biology of the body’s most highly proliferative, long-lived stem cells, intestinal epithelial stem cells. This could have significant long term impact on the quality of life in an ageing population.

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