Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

15. Jan. 2021

New Video: VITROCELL Cloud Alpha – Product Family Overview

For virus research, testing of inhaled drugs, chemicals and nanoparticles at the Air/Liquid Interface (ALI). The systems are suitable for nebulized solutions and suspensions.

The VITROCELL® Cloud α 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. The series comprises the Cloud Alpha 6, Cloud Alpha 12, Cloud Alpha 96 and Cloud Alpha MAX – they represent an optimal solution for everyday experiments at the Air/Liquid Interface using 6-well, 12-well, 24-well or 96-sized inserts.

This video showcases available product configurations.

 

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29. Dec. 2020

Air–Liquid Interface Exposure of Lung Epithelial Cells to Low Doses of Nanoparticles to Assess Pulmonary Adverse Effects

https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11010065

 

Silvia Diabaté 1, Lucie Armand 2, Sivakumar Murugadoss 1 , Marco Dilger 1 , Susanne Fritsch-Decker 1, Christoph Schlager 3, David Béal 2, Marie-Edith Arnal 2, Mathilde Biola-Clier 2, Selina Ambrose 4, Sonja Mülhopt 3, Hanns-Rudolf Paur 3, Iseult Lynch 5 , Eugenia Valsami-Jones 5 , Marie Carriere 2, and Carsten Weiss 1

1 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems–Biological Information Processing, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany;
2 CEA, CNRS, IRIG, SyMMES, University Grenoble Alpes, 38054 Grenoble, France;
3 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Technical Chemistry, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany; 
4 Promethean Particles Ltd., Nottingham NG7 3EF, UK;
5 School of Geography Earth & Environmental Sciences (GEES), University of Birmingham (UoB), Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK;

 

KIT, together with VITROCELL SYSTEMS, set up a first Automated Exposure Station, which has been used for the assessment of nanoscale particle emissions from combustion sources such as ship diesel and wood burners. The system was further developed and offers a compact solution for toxicity testing of nanoparticle (NP) aerosols including sample conditioning, reproducible deposition, integrated dose determination by a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), flow control, automated processes and data acquisition. The device was also tested with partner laboratories with the aim of potentially standardizing and achieving regulatory acceptance of the method.

 

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2. Dec. 2020

Product News 12/2020

VITROCELL® 12/12 now available with Climatic Chamber

For reliable aerosol exposure of cell cultures using 12- or 24-well sized inserts

The VITROCELL® 12/12 module system has been designed to facilitate the exposure of mammalian cell cultures to airborne substances such as gases, complex mixtures, nanoparticles and fibers. It features a throughput of 3 dilution steps @ 3 replicates and 1 clean air control at 3 replicates. In order to optimize the exposure for liquid aerosols and to maximize the performance of humidified air supply it is now also available in a user-friendly climatic chamber.

VITROCELL® 12/12 now available with Climatic Chamber

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28. Nov. 2020

Parametric Optimization of an Air–Liquid Interface System for Flow-Through Inhalation Exposure to Nanoparticles: Assessing Dosimetry and Intracellular Uptake of CeO2 Nanoparticles

doi:10.3390/nano10122369

Lars B. Leibrock 1, Harald Jungnickel 1, Jutta Tentschert 1, Aaron Katz 1, Blaza Toman 2 , Elijah J. Petersen 3 , Frank S. Bierkandt 1, Ajay Vikram Singh 1 , Peter Laux 1 and Andreas Luch 1
1 German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Department of Chemical and Product Safety, Max-Dohrn-Strasse 8-10, 10589 Berlin, Germany; 
2 Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaitherburg, MD 20899-8311, USA; 
3 Materials Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Gaitherburg, MD 20899-8311, USA; 

 

ALI systems are considered to be a promising exposure system to study toxicological e ects of airborne nanomaterials instead of in vivo inhalation studies and have been widely used to assess the toxicology of nanomaterials in recent years. However, the robustness of these methods is not yet wellunderstood. Here we reported a C&E analysis of a commonly used flow through ALI exposure system.

 

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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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21. Oct. 2020

New Video: VITROCELL Cloud Alpha – 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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29. Sep. 2020

Invited review: human air-liquid-interface organotypic airway tissue models derived from primary tracheobronchial epithelial cells—overview and perspectives

https://doi.org/10.1007/s11626-020-00517-7


Xuefei Cao1, Jayme P. Coyle2, Rui Xiong1, Yiying Wang1, Robert H. Heflich1, Baiping Ren1, William M. Gwinn3, Patrick Hayden4, Liying Rojanasakul2

1 Division of Genetic and Molecular Toxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research, US Food and Drug Administration, 3900 NCTR Rd., AR Jefferson, USA
2 Allergy and Clinical Immunology Branch, Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers forDisease Control and Prevention,Morgantown,WV, USA
3 Division of the National Toxicology Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Durham, NC, USA
4 BioSurfaces Inc., Ashland, MA, USA


One important element for validating any new assay for making regulatory decisions is determining its performance relative to an accepted standard. Conducting in vivo inhalation toxicity studies using whole-body or nose-only exposure systems is expensive and time-consuming and typically requires a large number of animals. The goal of using alternative methods, like human in vitro ALI airway cultures, ultimately is to replace inhalation toxicity testing in animals with in vitro approaches. Transition from animal- to human-based models is ultimately expected to lead to faster and better predictive toxicity assessments and therapeutic development at lower cost.  This study shows the development and validation of alternative in vitro methods for acute toxicity testing, including acute inhalation toxicity testing.
 

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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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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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