Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

6. Apr. 2022

Product News 04-2/2022

VITROCELL® Smoking Machine VC 1 2.0

Manual smoking machine with high tech features

The VC 1 smoking machine is used for a controlled aerosol generation of combustion cigarettes as well as of next generation devices such as Heated Tobacco Products (HTP) and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Special attention was given to guarantee very flexible programming of the smoking parameters. The properties of the aerosol are maintained due to small dead volumes of the system.

VITROCELL® Smoking Machine VC 1 2.0  (PDF)

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22. Mar. 2022

Air-liquid interface culture promotes maturation and allows environmental exposure of pluripotent stem cell–derived alveolar epithelium

https://doi.org/10.1172/jci.insight.155589

Kristine M. Abo,1,2 Julio Sainz de Aja,3,4,5 Jonathan Lindstrom-Vautrin,1 Konstantinos-Dionysios Alysandratos,1,2 Alexsia Richards,6 Carolina Garcia-de-Alba,3,4,5 Jessie Huang,1,2 Olivia T. Hix,1,2 Rhiannon B. Werder,1,2 Esther Bullitt,7 Anne Hinds,2 Isaac Falconer,8 Carlos Villacorta-Martin,1 Rudolf Jaenisch,6,9 Carla F. Kim,3,4,5 Darrell N. Kotton,1,2 and Andrew A. Wilson1,2
1Center for Regenerative Medicine of Boston University and Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 
2The Pulmonary Center and Department of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
3Stem Cell Program and Divisions of Hematology/Oncology and Pulmonary & Respiratory Diseases, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 
4Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 
5Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 
6Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 
7Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 
8Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 
9Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

This study comprehensively characterize the effects of ALI culture on iAT2s and benchmark their transcriptional profile relative to both freshly sorted and cultured primary human fetal and adult AT2s. They find that iAT2s cultured at ALI maintain an AT2 phenotype while upregulating expression of transcripts associated with AT2 maturation. Then they leverage this platform to assay the effects of exposure to clinically significant, inhaled toxicants including cigarette smoke and electronic cigarette vapor.

 

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12. Aug. 2021

Product News 08/2021

VITROCELL® Remote Assist Support

Let us lend you a helping hand via HoloLens

VITROCELL in vitro exposure systems are specifically manufactured according to customer specifications. Our customers in the field of research & development typically have very complex requirements for the system. This is why a VITROCELL technician is required to carry out product training as well as service & support.
We strive to provide rapid responses and problem-solving for VITROCELL users all over the world.

VITROCELL® Remote Assist Support  (PDF)

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3. Mar. 2021

Vitrocell® Leak Tester

Must-have device for aerosol research – easy and efficient leak detection

Regular leak tests are mandatory in aerosol research. A leak caused by a forgotten connection or defective o-ring may have a significant influence on the aerosol exposure process. We recommend to carry out a leak test prior to the experiment and as part of cleaning or service routine.

VITROCELL Application Note

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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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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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27. Jul. 2020

Vitrocell® holder systems for e-cigarettes

Secure and tight connection of any device to the smoking machine.

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. 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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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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25. Oct. 2019

New holder for ENDS products for VITROCELL® Smoking Machines and Robots

User Group Meeting 2019

Bastian Gutmann, Tobias Krebs
VITROCELL Systems GmbH 79183 Waldkirch, Germany

The poster shows the new holder for ENDS products

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