Heart organoids and tissue models for modeling development and disease

Matthew Miyamoto, Lucy Nam, Suraj Kannan, Chulan Kwon

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Organoids, or miniaturized organs formed in vitro, hold potential to revolutionize how researchers approach and answer fundamental biological and pathological questions. In the context of cardiac biology, development of a bona fide cardiac organoid enables study of heart development, function, and pathogenesis in a dish, providing insight into the nature of congenital heart disease and offering the opportunity for high-throughput probing of adult heart disease and drug discovery. Recently, multiple groups have reported novel methods for generating in vitro models of the heart; however, there are substantial conceptual and methodological differences. In this review we will evaluate recent cardiac organoid studies through the lens of the core principles of organoid technology: patterned self-organization of multiple cell types resembling the in vivo organ. Based on this, we will classify systems into the following related types of tissues: developmental cardiac organoids, chamber cardiac organoids, microtissues, and engineered heart tissues. Furthermore, we highlight the interventions which allow for organoid formation, such as modulation of highly conserved cardiogenic signaling pathways mediated by developmental morphogens. We expect that consolidation and categorization of existing organoid models will help eliminate confusion in the field and facilitate progress towards creation of an ideal cardiac organoid.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-128
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Cell and Developmental Biology
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Cardiac organoid
  • Engineered heart tissue
  • Gastruloid
  • Self-organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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