Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

27. Nov. 2021

Agglomeration State of Titanium-Dioxide (TiO2) Nanomaterials Influences the Dose Deposition and Cytotoxic Responses in Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells at the Air-Liquid Interface

https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11123226

Sivakumar Murugadoss 1, Sonja Mülhopt 2, Silvia Diabaté 3, Manosij Ghosh 1, Hanns-Rudolf Paur 2,
Dieter Stapf 2, Carsten Weiss 3, and Peter H. Hoet 1,

1 Laboratory of Toxicology, Unit of Environment and Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
2 Institute for Technical Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany
3 Institute of Biological and Chemical Systems—Biological Information Processing, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76021 Karlsruhe, Germany

 

In this study, they investigated the influence of agglomeration on the deposition and cytotoxic potency of TiO2 NMs at the ALI. Our results indicate that dose deposition and the cytotoxic potential are influenced by agglomeration, particularly for nano-sized TiO2 particles.

 

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12. Aug. 2021

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27. Jun. 2021

Impact of Nanocomposite Combustion Aerosols on A549 Cells and a 3D Airway Model

https://doi.org/10.3390/nano11071685

Matthias Hufnagel 1, Nadine May 2, Johanna Wall 1, Nadja Wingert 3, Manuel Garcia-Käufer 3, Ali Arif 3, Christof Hübner 4, Markus Berger 5, Sonja Mülhopt 2, Werner Baumann 2, Frederik Weis 6, Tobias Krebs 5, Wolfgang Becker 4, Richard Gminski 3, Dieter Stapf 2, and Andrea Hartwig 1,


1 Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Institute of Applied Biosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany;
2 Institute for Technical Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany; 
3 Institute for Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical Center—University of Freiburg, Faculty of Medicine, University of Freiburg, 79110 Freiburg, Germany;
4 Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology, 76327 Pfinztal, Germany; 
5 Vitrocell® Systems GmbH, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany; 
6 Palas GmbH, 76229 Karlsruhe, Germany; 

 

This study was the first to investigate the toxicological effects of well characterized aerosols released during combustion of thermoplastic nanocomposites using an air–liquid interface exposure system. Even though studies on the toxicological potential of combustion-generated particulate matter as well as VOCs have been published, none of them was designed to investigate the effect of the native aerosol using appropriate realistic lung cell culture models. In the current study we investigated the combustion behavior of PE-based nanocomposites on a lab-scale burner. As nanoscaled fillers TiO2 NP, CuO NP, as well as CNT were chosen for this study, with TiO2 NP representing a commonly used insoluble and inert nanomaterial, CuO NP as a known in vitro cyto- as well as genotoxic nanomaterial, and CNT as a fiber-shaped nanomaterial.

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21. Jun. 2021

In vitro hazard characterization of simulated aircraft cabin bleed-air contamination in lung models using an air-liquid interface (ALI) exposure system

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2021.106718

Rui-Wen He a,b, Marc M.G. Houtzager c, W.P. Jongeneel a, Remco H.S. Westerink b, Flemming R. Cassee a,b

a National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), P.O. Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, the Netherlands
b Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Toxicology Division, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, P.O. Box 80177, 3508 TD Utrecht, the Netherlands
c The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, TNO, P.O. Box 80015, 3508 TA Utrecht, the Netherlands

 

This unique experimental “Mini-BACS + AES” setup is able to provide steady conditions to perform in vitro exposure under ALI conditions to aircraft engine oil and hydraulic fluid fumes, generated at respectively 350 ◦C and 200 ◦C. Exposure of the Calu-3 monoculture and Calu-3 + MDM co-culture lung cell models to high levels of aircraft engine oil and hydraulic fluid fumes under ALI conditions can reduce TEER and viabilities of the cells, induce cytotoxicity, and increase production of proinflammatory cytokines. Hydraulic fluid fumes are more toxic than engine oil fumes on the mass concentration of fume basis, which may be related to higher abundance of OPs and smaller particle size of hydraulic fluid fumes. The toxicological data clearly reflect the potential health risks during fume events in aircraft cabins.

 

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15. Feb. 2021

Impact of Sea Breeze Dynamics on Atmospheric Pollutants and Their Toxicity in Industrial and Urban Coastal Environments

doi:10.3390/rs12040648

Patrick Augustin 1, Sylvain Billet 2 , Suzanne Crumeyrolle 3, Karine Deboudt 1, Elsa Dieudonné 1 , Pascal Flament 1 , Marc Fourmentin 1 , Sarah Guilbaud 1, Benjamin Hanoune 4 , Yann Landkocz 2, Clémence Méausoone 2, Sayahnya Roy 5, François G. Schmitt 5, Alexei Sentchev 5 and Anton Sokolov 1
1 Univ. Littoral Côte d’Opale, UR 4493—LPCA—Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie de l’Atmosphère, 59140 Dunkerque, France;
2 Univ. Littoral Côte d’Opale, SFR Condorcet FR CNRS 3417, UR 4492—UCEiV—Unité de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant, 59140 Dunkerque, France; 
3 Univ. Lille, CNRS, UMR 8518—LOA—Laboratoire d’Optique Atmosphérique, 59000 Lille, France;
4 Univ. Lille, CNRS, UMR 8522—PC2A—Physico-Chimie des Processus de Combustion et de l’Atmosphère, 59000 Lille, France; 
5 Univ. Lille, Univ. Littoral Côte d’Opale, CNRS, UMR 8187—LOG—Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences, F 62930 Wimereux, France; 

 

An atmospheric mobile unit was implemented during a field campaign performed at a representative site of urbanized and industrialized coastal environment of the North Sea (Northern France), to study the impact of sea breeze dynamics on aerosol properties, and especially their toxicity. This unit combined aerosol samplers, two scanning lidars (Doppler and elastic), two aerosol particle sizers and an air-liquid interface (ALI, Vitrocell) in vitro cell exposure device. This study is one of the first to bring cell cultures into the field to evaluate the harmfulness of a real environmental compartment. Atmospheric toxicity in the presence or absence of sea breeze was demonstrated in human bronchial cells exposed in the field using an ALI exposure system. The study showed the sensitivity of the developed device to discriminate the mechanisms of toxic action activated when exposed to different atmospheres.

 

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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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13. May. 2020

An Air-liquid Interface Bronchial Epithelial Model for Realistic, Repeated Inhalation Exposure to Airborne Particles for Toxicity Testing

DOI:10.3791/61210 


Hedwig M. Braakhuis1, Ruiwen He1,2, Rob J. Vandebriel1, Eric R. Gremmer1, Edwin Zwart1, Jolanda P. Vermeulen1, Paul Fokkens1, John Boere1, Ilse Gosens1, Flemming R. Cassee1,2 
1National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) 
2Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) 


This article provides a method for culturing and exposing the human bronchial epithelial cell line Calu-37 at the Air-liquid Interface that mimics realistic, repeated inhalation exposure conditions that can be used for toxicity testing. By applying a continuous airflow using the Automated Exposure System, the cell model can be exposed to a low concentration of particles over a longer time period, reflecting realistic exposure conditions. Characteristics of both the cell model and of  the exposure system are essential for achieving a realistic inhalation exposure model that can be used for repeated exposures. 

 

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10. Mar. 2019

New Products at VITROCELL® User Group Meeting 2019

09 March 2019, Hilton Inner Harbour Hotel, Baltimore, USA

Following the VITROCELL® User Group Meeting 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, international scientists from Europe, Japan, Korea and USA reconvened in March 2019.

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 58th Annual Meeting and ToxExpo, March 10 – 14, 2018, in Baltimore, 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 2019.

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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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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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