Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

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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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. Jul. 2020

An In Vitro Lung System to Assess the Proinflammatory Hazard of Carbon Nanotube Aerosols

doi:10.3390/ijms21155335


Hana Barosova 1,2 , Bedia Begum Karakocak 1 , Dedy Septiadi 1 , Alke Petri-Fink 1,3, Vicki Stone 4 and Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser 1,
1 BioNanomaterials Group, Adolphe Merkle Institute, University of Fribourg, 1700 Fribourg, 
2 Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 142 20 Prague, Czech Republic
3 Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
4 Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK


The in vitro co-culture model consisting of three human cell lines were exposed at the ALI using the VITROCELL® Cloud system, equiped with QCM allowing to measure and record the deposited dose online. The nebulizer was ideal for the aerosols to suffciently mix within the entire chamber, hence resulting in uniform droplet deposition. This study shows, that this model is not limited to testing potentially hazardous nanomaterials to human cell line co-culture models.

 

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24. Feb. 2020

In vitro advances in whole aerosol approaches for e-cigarette testing

IIVS Workshop 3, Feb 24-26th 2020

Autor

David Thorne, British American Tobacco

 

Workshop series to identify, discuss and develop recommendations for the optimal generation and use of in vitro data for product regulation.

 

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30. Nov. 2019

Dosimetric Analysis of Aerosol Generated by a Vitrocell® VC10® Smoking Robot – Investigations on Dose Dependency and Consistency of Application


Adam Seymour, Michael Hollings, Joanne Larner and Julie Clements;

Covance Laboratories Ltd, Harrogate, UK


QCMs were used to assess the deposition of cigarette aerosol from a Vitrocell® VC10® in Vitrocell® Ames, 6/4, 12/4 and 24/4 exposure modules. The power to resolve difference between 8 and 1 SLPM is statistically significant in all module types assessed. Uniformity within each module was confirmed (P >0.98) in all module types, at all airflows. Repeatability was assessed and found to be consistent (no significant difference) in all module types at airflows of 10, 8 and 4 SLPM, however, at 1 SLPM a significant difference was noted in 9 out of 12 experiments – likely an artifact of high deposition.
These results show that exposures utilizing the Vitrocell® VC10® and associated modules are robust; but indicate the necessity of dosimetry measures to aid in the quantification of delivered dose.
 

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4. Nov. 2019

Investigation of multiple whole smoke dosimetry techniques using a VITROCELL®VC10® smoke exposure system

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxrep.2019.10.011

Brian M. Keysera, Robert Leverettea, Michael Hollingsb, Adam Seymourb, Lesley Reeveb, Wanda Fieldsa
a RAI Services Company, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 401 North Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101, USA1
b Covance Laboratories Ltd., North Yorkshire, UK

 

Highlights
• Investigation of dose-determining methods using the Vitrocell® VC10® system.
• Dose assessment using Quartz Crystal Microbalances (QCM) and aerosol photometers.
• Dose assessment using fluorescence of DMSO-captured smoke constituents.
• QCM, photometer AUC, and DMSO-captured matter were consistent and reproducible

 

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1. Nov. 2019

Electronic Cigarette Vapor With Nicotine Causes Airway Mucociliary Dysfunction Preferentially via TRPA1 Receptors

DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201811-2087OC


Samuel Chung 1 2, Nathalie Baumlin 1 2, John S Dennis 1 2, Robert Moore 2, Sebastian F Salathe 2, Phillip L Whitney 2, Juan Sabater 3, William M Abraham 3, Michael D Kim 1 2, Matthias Salathe 1 2
1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.
2Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida; and.
3Department of Research, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida.
 

The transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is a molecular target for vape effects due to its expression in airway epithelia and its reported gating by nicotine, reactive oxidants, and flavors, especially cinnamaldehyde. To test whether nicotine had effects independent of other e-cig vapor constituents, the Vitrocell® CLOUD exposure system was utilized to nebulize fixed nicotine doses onto the apical surface of ALI cultures. A549 cell cultures were exposed to nicotine containing e-cig vapor, produced by the VC-1 smoke exposure robot, in the air-liquid interface.

 

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5. Apr. 2019

Assessing the respiratory toxicity of dihydroxyacetone using an in vitro human airway epithelial tissue model

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tiv.2019.04.007
Yiying Wanga, Qiangen Wub, Levan Muskhelishvilic, Kelly Davisc, Matthew Bryantb, Xuefei Caoa
a Division of Genetic and Molecular Toxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, AR 72079, United States of America
b Division of Biochemistry Toxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research, Jefferson, AR 72079, United States of America
c Toxicologic Pathology Associates, Jefferson, AR 72079, United States of America

Unintentional exposure of respiratory mucosal surfaces to DHA aerosols is highly possible during sunless tanning sessions, a possibility for which it is not approved. In this study, the potential respiratory toxicity of DHA using the ALI airway tissue model is evaluated. To mimic in vivo exposure conditions, a liquid aerosol generation and exposure system was used and exposed ALI cultures to a range of non-cytotoxic doses of DHA aerosols at the air-liquid interface.


 

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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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20. Dec. 2018

Establishing the Vitrocell® Powder Chamber as a particle size-selective platform for in vitro dry powder testing

S. Steiner1 , M. Hittinger2 , K. Knoth2 , H. Gross2 , S. Frentzel1 , A. Kuczaj1 , J. Hoeng1 , T. Krebs3 , M. Peitsch1
1 PMI R&D, Philip Morris Products S.A., Quai Jeanrenaud 5, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2 PharmBioTec GmbH, Science Park 1, 66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
3 Vitrocell® Systems GmbH, Fabrik Sonntag 3, 79183 Waldkirch, Germany

The poster shows the use of the Vitrocell® Powder Chamber for dry powder testing by online monitoring of the powder mass deposition, by QCMs Nicotine quantification, particle number deposition and particle size distribution.

 

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