Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

28. Oct. 2018

Big tobacco embraces in vitro toxicology

Manufacturers invest in nonanimal tests to evaluate health risks of e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products

c&en, Volume 96, Issue 43

Britt E. Erickson

The complexity of next-generation tobacco products has increased by a number of factors since FDA was given responsibility to regulate tobacco. Testing e-liquids with animals is not practical, economically and not that accurate. The Vitrocell system generates airborne materials from test products, such as smoke from reference cigarettes and vapor from e-cigarettes, in a manner that simulates how a person would puff. This artcile shows, how IIVS scientists use human donor tissues, obtained from organs, to create cell cultures and in vitro test systems.


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6. Jun. 2018

Distribution of polymer-coated gold nanoparticles in a 3D lung model and indication of apoptosis after repeated exposure

DOI: 10.2217/nnm-2017-0358

Savvina Chortarea1,2, Kleanthis Fytianos1,3,4, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo1, Alke Petri-Fink1,5 & Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser1
1BioNanomaterials, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
2Laboratory for Particles – Biology Interactions, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials, Science & Technology, St Gallen, Switzerland
3Department of Pulmonary Medicine, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
4Department of Clinical Research, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
5Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

The distribution and impact of aerosol-delivered functionalized AuNPs upon repeated administration were explored in a complex in vitro human lung epithelial tissue barrier model applying an air–liquid interface exposure approach. Nanoparticles were aerosolized using the Air-Liquid Interface system consisting of a nebulizer, an exposure and an incubation chamber connected to an air-flow system to provide optimum conditions for cell cultivation as well as a quartz crystal microbalance for online measurements of the NP dose deposited on the cells surface.

 

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1. Jun. 2018

Charakterisierung von Partikelemissionen aus dem Trennschleifprozess von kohlefaserverstärktem Beton (Carbonbeton)

Autoren:
Hillemann, L.; Stintz, M.; Streibel, T.; Zimmermann, R.; Öder, S.; Kasurinen, S.; di Bucchianico, S.; Kanashova, T.; Dittmar, G.; Konzack, D.; Große, S.; Rudolph, A.; Berger, M.; Krebs, T.; Saraji-Bozorgzad, M. R.; Walte, A.

Die Wirkung von Emissionen aus dem Trennen von Carbonbeton werden in einer Kombination aus Trennstaubgenerator, Verdünnungssystem und Expositionssystem an Zellkulturen (A549 und THP-1) gegenüber den entstehenden Stäuben bestimmt (Zytotoxizität).

 

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26. May. 2018

Acute effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on primary bronchial epithelial cells from COPD patients

DOI: 10.1080/17435390.2018.1472310

Beyeler S1,2, Chortarea S3,4, Rothen-Rutishauser B3, Petri-Fink A3, Wick P4, Tschanz SA5, von Garnier C1,2, Blank F1,2.

1 Department of BioMedical Research , University of Bern , Bern , Switzerland.
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine , University Hospital of Bern , Bern , Switzerland.
3 BioNanomaterials, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg , Fribourg , Switzerland.
4 Laboratory for Particles-Biology Interactions, Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology , St. Gallen , Switzerland.
5 Institute of Anatomy, University of Bern , Bern, Switzerland.

This paper shows the investigation of acute effects of occupational multi-walled carbon nanotubes exposure in primary epithelial lung cell cultures from potentially susceptible individuals with COPD.

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10. May. 2018

Combining MucilAir™ and Vitrocell® Powder Chamber for the In Vitro Evaluation of Nasal Ointments in the Context of Aerosolized Pollen

https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmaceutics10020056 

Julia Metz 1,2, Katharina Knoth 1, Henrik Groß 1, Claus-Michael Lehr 1,2,3, Carolin Stäbler 4, Udo Bock 5, and Marius Hittinger 1
1Department of Drug Delivery, PharmBioTec GmbH, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
2Department of Biopharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Pharmacy, Saarland University, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
3Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI), 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
4Department of Scientific Affairs Consumer Health, Bayer Vital GmbH, 51368 Leverkusen, Germany
5Bock Project Management, 54456 Tawern, Germany

In this study two innovative in vitro techniques were combined: The Vitrocell® Powder Chamber and the human cell based MucilAir™ system. Their combined use allows the investigation of the effect of aerosolized pollen and appropriate drugs on a human mucosal tissue, a similar scenario finding in humans. The release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α) was quantified as an initial cellular response to pollen contact and to confirm the protective effect of drugs.

 

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11. Mar. 2018

Photometer Calibration Method

User Group Meeting 2018

Johannes Sood

VITROCELL Systems GmbH, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany

The poster shows a reliable method for the photometer calibration.

 

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11. Mar. 2018

Update: Deposition Enhancement via Thermophoresis

User Group Meeting 2018

Dr. Dirk Brogell

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Unit 4.5, 10317 Berlin, Germany

The poster demonstrates the particle deposition via thermal precipitation (particle precipitation by thermophoresis) on cells hosted at the air-liquid interface (ALI).
Advantages of thermophoresis
• Diffusion-like mechanism, gentle particle deposition 
• Independent from particle size (for nanoparticles)
• Homogenous deposition density profile 
• No need to manipulate aerosol properties for deposition (charge, size)

 

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11. Mar. 2018

VITROCELL® Powder Chamber

User Group Meeting 2018

Katharina Knoth1, Marius Hittinger1, Tobias Krebs2

1PharmBioTec GmbH, Science Park 1, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany  

2VITROCELL Systems GmbH, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany

The poster shows two customer examples for exposures to smallest quantities of dry powders.

 

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11. Mar. 2018

New Products at VITROCELL® User Group Meeting 2018

10 March 2018, Grand Hyatt San Antonio, Texas, USA

Following the VITROCELL® User Group Meeting 2017 in Baltimore, international scientists from Canada, Europe, Japan and USA reconvened in March 2018.

The informal event organized into short presentations and posters was followed by open discussions. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss the latest developments of VITROCELL®, to exchange your experience in working with the equipment and to meet other fellow researchers. The meeting took place prior to the international Society of Toxicology 57th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 11 – 15, 2018, in San Antonio, USA - one of the largest international conferences related to toxicology.

Focus of the event was to share VITROCELL® activities since the last meeting, to exchange latest research results, to give an update on VITROCELL’s participation in major research programs as well as the presentation of new products for 2018.

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29. Nov. 2017

Biodistribution of single and aggregated gold nanoparticles exposed to the human lung epithelial tissue barrier at the air-liquid interface

DOI: 10.1186/s12989-017-0231-3

Estelle Durantie1, Dimitri Vanhecke1, Laura Rodriguez-Lorenzo1, Flavien Delhaes1, Sandor Balog1, Dedy Septiadi1, Joel Bourquin1Alke Petri-Fink1,2 and Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser1

1BioNanomaterials Group, Adolphe Merkle Institute, Université de Fribourg, Chemin des Verdiers 4, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland. 

2Chemistry Department, University of Fribourg, Chemin du Musée 9, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland.

 

In this study, the biodistribution of aerosolized single and aggregated nanoparticles was investigated using a 3D model of the human epithelial tissue barrier.  The cells were exposed at the air-liquid interface using the Vitrocell® Cloud exposure system. It consists of three main parts: a nebulizer, an aerosol chamber and a base module constituted of 12-well size inserts and connected to a controlled heating unit. Robust characterization was used to evaluate the exact delivered dose onto the cell surface and to determine the cellular uptake and translocation across the barrier.


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