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.