Towards personalised therapies for Crohn's disease using primary intestinal enteroids

Year of award: 2016


  • Dr Nicholas Hannan

    University of Nottingham

Project summary

An estimated 620,000 people suffer from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in the UK. Poor access to primary tissue and a lack of animal models that faithfully reproduce the human condition has left us with an inadequate understanding of how to diagnose and treat IBD. Crohn’s disease (CD) is a debilitating IBD where chronic inflammation leads to intestinal perforation that requires surgical removal.

We propose to apply our recently published intestinal culture platform to model CD to generate an in-vitro intestinal enteroid model of CD. There are currently no reliable in-vitro models of CD. To create a new model of CD we will generate ‘mini-intestines’using intestinal biopsy from patients with CD to create a platform to study microbiota dysbiosis. Changes in the types of bacteria in the intestine is believed to be important in the initiation and progression of CD, however this has not been well studied.

This study will validate a bacterial injection platform into CD enteroids that can be used for future studies on microbiota dysbiosis.