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Human cerebral tissues created via active cellular reaggregation produce functionally interconnected 3D neuronal network to mimic pathological circuit disturbance

By Aref Saberi, Albert P Aldenkamp, Nicholas Agung Kurniawan, Carlijn V.C. Bouten

Posted 12 Jun 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.11.144832

Various characteristics of a developing central nervous system, including sensory input-output, neuronal migration, and regionalization, have been recapitulated through recent advances in the culture of brain organoids. These organoids can model the fundamental processes in brain development and disease. A remaining critical challenge, however, is to achieve complex neuronal networks with functional interconnectivity as in native brain tissue. Generation of current organoid models originates from classic dissociation-reaggregation paradigms, often relying on mechanically-enforced quick reaggregation of pluripotent stem cells. Here we describe an alternative method that promotes matrix-supported active (migrative) reaggregation of cells (MARC), reminiscent of in vivo developmental morphing processes, to engineer multi-regional brain tissues in vitro. Measurements of neuronal activity in intact 3D tissues revealed functional interconnectivity, characteristic of cerebral neuronal networks. As a proof of concept, we show that interconnected cerebral tissues produced using this approach can mimic propagation of epileptiform discharges in a custom-built in-vitro platform. ### Competing Interest Statement A.S., N.A.K., and C.V.C.B. have filed a design right application for the design of iS3CC chip and a patent application for the MARC culturing protocol.

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