SARS-CoV-2 induces barrier damage and inflammatory responses in the human iPSC-derived intestinal epithelium

Shigeru Yamada, Takamasa Noda, Kaori Okabe, Shota Yanagida, Motohiro Nishida, Yasunari Kanda

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has rapidly spread and led to global health crises. COVID-19 causes well-known respiratory failure and gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Thus, human gastrointestinal cell models are urgently needed for COVID-19 research; however, it is difficult to obtain primary human intestinal cells. In this study, we examined whether human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived small intestinal epithelial cells (iPSC-SIECs) could be used as a SARS-CoV-2 infection model. We observed that iPSC-SIECs, such as absorptive and Paneth cells, were infected with SARS-CoV-2, and remdesivir treatment decreased intracellular SARS-CoV-2 replication in iPSC-SIECs. SARS-CoV-2 infection decreased expression levels of tight junction markers, ZO-3 and CLDN1, and transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER), which evaluates the integrity of tight junction dynamics. In addition, SARS-CoV-2 infection increased expression levels of proinflammatory genes, which are elevated in patients with COVID-19. These findings suggest iPSC-SIECs as a useful in vitro model for elucidating COVID-19 pathology and drug development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology


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