Advanced in vitro exposure systems.

11. Mar. 2018

Characterization of a Vitrocell VC1 Using Nicotine Dosimetry: An Essential Component Towards Standardised In Vitro Aerosol Exposure of Tobacco and Next Generation Nicotine Delivery Products

IIVS at SOT 2018

D. Sheehan1, M. Aragon1, J. Adamson2, M. Gaca2, H. Raabe1, and H. Behrsing1.
1Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD; and 2British American Tobacco, Southampton, United Kingdom.

This study demonstrates successful Vitrocell VC1 aerosol generation and delivery across multiple nicotine product categories (3R4F cigarette smoke, e-liquid and THP), as characterised using nicotine as a dosimetry marker. The data suggests the VC1 can reproducibly generate and deliver tobacco product and NGP aerosols for future in vitro assessment and matches the performance of reported exposure systems.

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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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11. Mar. 2018

The use of human 3D reconstructed bronchial tissue to study the effects of cigarette smoke and e-cigarette aerosol on a wide range of cellular endpoints

SOT 57th Annual Meeting, 11 –15th March 2018

Lukasz Czekala1, Matthew Stevenson1, Liam Simms1, Nicole Tschierske1, Anna G. Maione2, Tanvir Walele3
1 Imperial Tobacco Ltd, 121 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2LL UK
2 MatTek, 200 Homer Ave., Ashland, MA, USA
3 Fontem Ventures B.V., an Imperial Brands PLC Company, Radarweg60, 1043 NT Amsterdam

A 3D in vitro organotypic model of the human respiratory epithelium was cultured at the Air-Liquid Interface (ALI) and exposed to cigarette smoke and e-cigarette aerosol, generated by using a VITROCELL® VC1 smoking machine under Health Canada Intense and CORESTA conditions.
The results are shown in tissue viability (MTT), barrier integrity (TEER), Barrier function, tissue secretion of the pro-inflammatory cytokines (IL-6 and IL-8). The presence of 8-isoprostane is used as an indicator of oxidative stress and antioxidant deficiency. Additionally the tissue morphology was assessed by H&E staining and immunofluorescent staining was conducted for specific markers.

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5. Sep. 2017

Role of Smad3 and p38 Signalling in Cigarette Smoke-induced CFTR and BK dysfunction in Primary Human Bronchial Airway Epithelial Cells

Juliette Sailland1, Astrid Grosche1,3, Nathalie Baumlin1, John S. Dennis1, Andreas Schmid1, Stefanie Krick1,2 & Matthias Salathe1
1 Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, 33136, USA.
2 Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 35294, USA.
3 Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32610, USA.

The aim of the study is to examine the effects of cigarette smoke on voltage dependent K+ channels, cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator activity and airway surface liquid volume on primary human bronchial epithelial cells from non-smokers and smokers, cultured at the air-liquid interface to full differentiation.

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27. Jun. 2017

Evaluation of whole cigarette smoke induced oxidative stress in A549 and BEAS–2B cells


Shimin Zhanga,b, Xiang Lia, Fuwei Xiea, Kejian Liua, Huimin Liua, Jianping Xiea

a Key Laboratory of Tobacco Chemistry, Zhengzhou Tobacco Research Institute of CNTC, Zhengzhou 450001, China
b Technique Center of Tobacco Production, PingDingshanTobacco Company of Henan Tobacco Monopoly Bureau, PingDingshan 467000, China

The purpose of this study is to evaluate oxidative stress induced by whole cigarette smoke based on the air-liquid interface exposure system. The cytotoxicity of whole smoke were measured by MTT and NRU assays, and several intracellular and extracellular oxidative stress biomarkers such as GSH and GSSG, MDA, HNE, EC-SOD and 8-OHdG were investigated in A549 and BEAS–2B cells.


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1. Mar. 2017

Characterization and Application of the VITROCELL VC1 Smoke Exposure System and 3D EpiAirway Models for Toxicological and e-Cigarette Evaluations

DOI: 10.1089/aivt.2016.0035
Wanda Fields,1 Anna Maione,2 Brian Keyser,1 and Betsy Bombick1

1RAI Services Company, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
2MatTek Corporation, Ashland, Massachusetts.

The aim of this study was to assess the effects of aerosol from two reference combustible cigarettes and two e-cigarettes by using the VC1 smoking machine with the air-liquid interface and to evaluate donor-to-donor variability of three EpiAirway tissue donors with the endpoints viability, barrier integrity, and gene promoter/expression regulation.

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3. Jan. 2017

Development, qualification, validation and application of the neutral red uptake assay in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells using a VITROCELL® VC10® smoke exposure system

Wanda Fields a, Kathy Fowler a, Victoria Hargreaves b, Lesley Reeve b, Betsy Bombick a
a RAI Services Company, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 401 North Main Street,Winston-Salem, NC 27101, USA
b Covance Laboratories Ltd., Otley Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 3PY, UK

This study discribes the development, validation and application of the NRU assay in Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells, following exposure to fresh whole smoke generated with the VITROCELL®VC10®system. The VITROCELL® VC10® successfully provided consistent generation and delivery of whole smoke from a cigarette (3R4F) and a primarily “heat-not-burn” cigarette (Eclipse).


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31. Oct. 2016

Glutathione Peroxidase-1 Suppresses the Unfolded Protein Response upon Cigarette Smoke Exposure

doi: 10.1155/2016/9461289
Patrick Geraghty,1,2 Nathalie Baumlin,3 Matthias A. Salathe,3 Robert F. Foronjy,1,2 and Jeanine M. D’Armiento4
1Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2Department of Cell Biology, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA
3Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA
4Center for Pulmonary Disease, Department of Anesthesiology, College of Physicians and Surgeons,Columbia University, New York, NY, USA


The Expression of ER stress markers after exposure to cigarette smoke was investigated in fully differentiated normal human bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells isolated from nonsmoking, smoking, and COPD donors and redifferentiated at the air liquid interface.


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28. Oct. 2016

Evaluation of an in vitro screening model to assess phosgene inhalation injury

DOI: 10.1080/15376516.2016.1243183

Dorian S. Olivera, Heidi Hoard-Fruchey & Alfred M. Sciuto
Analytical Toxicology Devision, US Army, Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, USA

In vitro studies have clearly shown that phosgene exposure can have overwhelming effects on cellular homeostasis with regard to mediator release, activation of inflammatory pathways and compromised lung function.
In this study an in vitro exposure model with which to evaluate potential therapeutics for edemagenic gas inhalation exposure was tested.
Human bronchial epithelial (16HBE) cell cultures were exposed in the Vitrocell System to phosgene.
Transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER), Cellular viability assay (XTT assay), [14C]-Glutamine oxidation assay, Glucose metabolism assays and Lactate production measurements were taken.


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9. Oct. 2016

5 out of 7 Tobacco Companies have chosen VITROCELL® for research on combustion and e-cigarettes: A review of aerosol exposure systems relative to the analysis of cytotoxicity

CORESTA Congress 2016. 9-13 October 2016 - Berlin, Germany

CORESTA Congress, 9-13th October 2016, Germany

Poster No:STPOST26


David Thorne1, Roman Wieczorek2,Toshiro Fukushima3, Han-Jae Shin4, Robert Leverette5, Mark Ballantyne6, Xiang Li 7, Betsy Bombick5

1 British American Tobacco, Group R&D, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 8TL, UK;
2 Imperial Brands PLC Company, Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH, Albert-Einstein-Ring 7, 22761 Hamburg, Germany;
3 Japan Tobacco Inc, Scientific Product Assessment Centre, 6-2 Umegaoka, Aoba-ku Yokohama, Kanagawa 227-8512, Japan;
4 Korean Tobacco & Ginseng Corporation, 30 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 305-805, Republic of Korea;
5 RAI Services Company, 401North Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, USA;
6 Covance Laboratories Ltd, Otley Road, Harrogate HG3 1PY, UK;
7 Zhengzhou Tobacco Research Institute of China National Tobacco Corporation, No.2 Fengyang Street, High-tech Zone, Zhengzhou, PR China


Cytotoxicity data (NRU and MTT) from Kentucky reference 3R4F cigarette smoke were assessed on Balb/C 3T3, CHO-K1, A549, Beas-2B, NCI-H292 and HepG2 cell lines on the Vitrocell Exposure System.

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