Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

21. Oct. 2020

New Video: VITROCELL Cloud α – for Aerosol Research and Cell Exposure at the Air/Liquid Interface (ALI)

Cell exposure system for virus research, testing of inhaled drugs, chemicals and nanoparticles at the Air/Liquid Interface (ALI).

The VITROCELL® Cloud Alpha series is our newest innovation and presents a great leap forward in automated exposure of cell cultures. It combines reliable exposure of cell cultures from the respiratory tract with ease of use. This series is our new take on the well-known and frequently published VITROCELL® Cloud systems (6-, 12- and 24-well). Its functionality enables fully automated processes with an all-in-one control unit. Everyday experiments at the air/liquid interface have never been easier. The Cloud system is suitable for nebulization of solutions and suspensions. Possible fields of application are screening of inhaled drugs, virus research toxicity testing of inhaled substances such as chemicals or nanoparticles.

In response to the scientific need to expose in physiologically relevant conditions, the VITROCELL® Cloud Alpha exposure devices have been specifically designed to enable direct exposure of mammalian cells or tissue at the Air/Liquid Interface. Here the cell cultures are not covered with media as opposed to submerged conditions which cause an undesired inter­action of the formerly airborne substances with the culture media.

The video explains the procedures of the experiment.

 

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24. Aug. 2020

Product News 08/2020

VITROCELL® Cloud Alpha 96

96-well Air/Liquid Interface (ALI) exposure. For reliable high throughput testing of cell cultures.

The VITROCELL® Cloud Alpha 96 is our newest innovation and presents a great leap forward in automated exposure of cell cultures. It combines high throughput testing with ease of use. The development is based on the well-known and frequently published VITROCELL® Cloud formats (6-, 12- and 24-well). It’s functionality enables fully automated processes with an all-in-one control unit. Everyday experiments at the air/liquid interface have never been easier.

VITROCELL® Cloud Alpha 96

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27. Mar. 2020

Reliable in vitro Exposure Systems for Screening of Antiviral Lead Compounds against Coronavirus (COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2)

VITROCELL Application Note for Highly efficient and realistic application of aerosolized drugs to ­human cells of the respiratory tract under physiologic conditions

In inhalation therapy, drugs are deposited as aerosols on cells of the respiratory tract from the nasal or lung region. Physiologically realistic in vitro cell culture models of the pulmonary epithelium and the air-blood barrier as well as from the nasal region are commercially available. Recently, these models have been refined to mimic  SARS-CoV-2 infections.

VITROCELL Application Note.

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26. Mar. 2020

Screening antiviraler pharmazeutischer Leitwirkstoffe gegen das Coronavirus (COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2)

VITROCELL in vitro Expositionssysteme für hocheffiziente und realistische Applikation aerosolisierter Medikamente auf menschliche Zellen des Atemtraktes unter physiologischen Bedingungen.

In der Inhalationstherapie werden pharmazeutische Präparate als Aerosole auf Zellen des Atemtraktes im Nasen- oder Lungenbereich appliziert. Zur präklinischen Entwicklung neuer Arzneimittel werden dafür oft kommerziell erhältliche, physiologisch relevante in vitro Zellkulturmodelle des Nasen-, Rachen- oder Lungenepithels verwendet. In jüngster Zeit wurden diese Modelle verfeinert, um SARS-CoV-2 Infektionen nachzuahmen.

VITROCELL Anwendungshinweis.

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15. Nov. 2020

The Comparative Analysis of Cytokine Production by a Human 3D Tissue Model Following Exposure to Traditional Cigarette Smoke, Tobacco-Heated Product and E-Cigarette Aerosol

Rob Bedford1, Emma Rothwell1, Sophie Martin1, Cian O’Hanlon1, Andrew McCune2 and Michael Hollings1
1Genetic and Molecular Toxicology and 2Immunology and Immunotoxicology, Covance Laboratories Ltd., Harrogate, UK

 

- Exposure to 3R4F resulted in increased levels of IL-4, MDC, GM-CSF, IL-12/IL23p40, IL-10 and IFN-γ in the recovery media. Approximately three-fold increases in MDC, GM-CSF, IL-12/IL23p40 and IFNγ were observed whilst two-fold increases were observed for IL-4 and IL-10. In comparison, no marked effect was observed in the module media.

- In contrast to the response observed from 3R4F exposure, fewer changes in cytokine production were observed following THP and E-cigarette exposure. IFNγ demonstrated a two-fold increase in levels measured in the recovery media at doses 1 and 2 for THP. IL-12/IL23p40 also demonstrated a 1.5-fold increase in recovery media following exposure to THP. In addition, IFN-γ and IL-8 were increased following exposure to E-cigarette at dose 2. IL-1β also demonstrated a 1.5-fold increase in the recovery and module media following exposure to E-cigarette.

- A number of cytokines were reduced following exposure to THP and E-cigarette. For example, GM-CSF, MIP1α, VEGF and MCP-1.

- These results demonstrate the difference in cytokine profiles of MucilAir tissues following exposure to different nicotine-containing products.

 

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11. Nov. 2020

Exposure of cellulose nanocrystals on human lung cells at the air-liquid-interface

Best poster prize award at the Euro 2020 OpenTox Virtual Conference on September 21-25, 2020.

Michelle Hesler1, Annika Kittel1, Stephan Dähnhardt-Pfeiffer2, Christoph Metzger3, Christine Herrmann3, Marielle Fink4, Heiko Briesen3, Tobias Krebs4, Hagen von Briesen1, Sylvia Wagner1, Yvonne Kohl1
1 Fraunhofer Institut für Biomedizinische Technik IBMT, Sulzbach, Germany, 
2 Microscopy Services Dähnhardt GmbH, Flintbek, Germany, 
3 Lehrstuhl für Systemverfahrenstechnik, Technische Universität München, Freising, Germany, 
4 VITROCELL Systems GmbH, Fabrik Sonntag 3, Waldkirch, Germany

 

- In vitro aerosol exposure studies were performed with an air-liquid-interface (ALI)-lung model consisting of A549 (epithelial cells), EA.hy926 (endothelial cells) and THP-1 (macrophages) cells.
- Two different types of CNC extracted from α-cellulose (CNC-W) and pulp (CNC-G) by sulfuric acid hydrolysis were studied in a concentration of 100 μg/ml applied as aerosols with VITROCELL® Cloud system.
- Single and multiple exposure with and without a 24 h regeneration phase were compared.
- Endpoints of the study: Cell viability, ROS generation and DNA damage.

 

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2. Nov. 2020

Influence of the environmental relative humidity on the inflammatory response of skin model after exposure to various environmental pollutants

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110350

Emeline Seurat a, Anthony Verdin b, Fabrice Cazier c, Dominique Courcot b, Richard Fitoussi d, Katell Vi´e d, Val´erie Desauziers e, Isabelle Momas a, Nathalie Seta a, Sophie Achard a
a Laboratoire de Sant´e Publique et Environnement, Hera “Health Environmental Risk Assessment”, Inserm UMR1153-CRESS (Centre de Recherche en Epid´emiologie et StatistiqueS), Universit´e de Paris, Facult´e de Pharmacie de Paris, 4, Avenue de L’Observatoire, 75006, Paris, France
b Unit´e de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant UR4492, SFR Condorcet FR CNRS 3417, Maison de La Recherche en Environnement Industriel 2, Universit´e Du Littoral Cˆote D’Opale, 189A Avenue Maurice Schumann, 59140, Dunkerque, France
c Centre Commun de Mesures (CCM), Universit´e Du Littoral-Cˆote D’Opale, 145 Avenue Maurice Schumann, 5914, Dunkerque, France
d Laboratoires Clarins, 5 Rue Amp`ere, 95300, Pontoise, France
e IPREM, IMT Mines Ales, Universit´e de Pau et des Pays de L’Adour, E2S UPPA, CNRS, Pau, France

 

In the course of this study, they tested various pollutants with different chemical compositions, applying them to the apical side of Reconstructed Human Epidermis and being particularly interested in the effect relative humidity has on the reaction to pollutants. Investigating several cytokines and chemokines, they showed that IL-1α, IL-6, IL-8, and RANTES are the cytokines/chemokines almost systematically induced by most pollutants.

 

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28. Sep. 2020

NanoCELL - Comprehensive characterization and human toxicological assessment of cellulose nanocrystals along their life cycle for reliable risk assessment

Yvonne Kohl1, Roland Drexel2, Christine Herrmann3, Stephan Dähnhardt-Pfeiffer4, Siegfried Fürtauer5, Michelle Hesler1, Christoph Metzger3, Marielle Fink6, Dominik Selzer7, Thorsten Lehr7, Tobias Krebs6, Sven van Lengen8, Sylvia Wagner1, Hagen von Briesen1, Felix Grimm9, Petra Weißhaupt10, Heiko Briesen3, Florian Meier2


1Fraunhofer-Institut für Biomedizinische Technik IBMT, Sulzbach, Germany; 
2Postnova Analytics GmbH, Landsberg, Germany, 
3Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Systemverfahrenstechnik, Freising, Germany 
4Microscopy Services Dähnhardt GmbH, Flintbek, Germany
5Fraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV, Freising, Germany
6VITROCELL Systems GmbH, Waldkirch, Germany
7Universität des Saarlands, Klinische Pharmazie, Saarbrücken, Germany 
8GRÜNPERGA Papier GmbH, Grünhainichen, Germany 
9INFIANA Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Forchheim, Germany
10Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

 

This poster shows the hazard studies on the effect of oral and pulmonary CNC uptake. Therefore a miniaturized cloud exposure system has been developed to create an in vitro model simulating the lung and the GI tract.

 

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18. Sep. 2020

VITROCELL® Shisha Testing System for Cell Cultures

For in vitro testing of water pipe tobacco at the air / liquid interface

New designs of electronic cigarettes such as ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) products or HTP (Heated Tobacco Products) lead to a large variety of different shapes which make the insertion into conventional holders with labyrinth seals impossible. VITROCELL® has developed a new holder system which is flexible to adjust to different shapes.

VITROCELL Application Note

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16. Sep. 2020

Quartz crystal microbalances (QCM) are suitable for real-time dosimetry in nanotoxicological studies using VITROCELL®Cloud cell exposure systems

https://doi.org/10.1186/s12989-020-00376-w


Yaobo Ding1,2 , Patrick Weindl1,2,3, Anke-Gabriele Lenz1,2, Paula Mayer1,2, Tobias Krebs3 and Otmar Schmid1,2
1Institute of Lung Biology and Disease, Helmholtz Zentrum München, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany
2Comprehensive Pneumology Center, Munich (CPC-M) - Member of the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), 81377 Munich, Germany
3VITROCELL Systems GmbH, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany.

 

This study provides evidence that QCMs are suitable for real-time dosimetry in particle toxicology studies with cell cultures under air-liquid interface conditions. An experimental method for determination of LoD (lower limit of detection), accuracy and precision of QCMs using a fluorescent tracer (fluorescein salt) was presented and applied to the QCMs integrated in the VITROCELL® Cloud 6 and Cloud 12 aerosol-cell exposure systems.

 

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