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Journal Cover ALTEX : Alternatives to Animal Experimentation
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   ISSN (Print) 1868-596X - ISSN (Online) 1868-8551
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  • RPTEC/TERT1 cells form highly differentiated tubules when cultured in a 3D
           matrix.

    • Abstract: RPTEC/TERT1 cells form highly differentiated tubules when cultured in a 3D matrix. [Journal Article]ALTEX 2017 Dec 02.ASecker PF, Luks L, Schlichenmaier N, et al. The proximal tubule is the primary site for renal solute reabsorption and secretion and thus a main target for drug-induced toxicity. Current nonclinical methods using 2D cell cultures are unable to fu...The proximal tubule is the primary site for renal solute reabsorption and secretion and thus a main target for drug-induced toxicity. Current nonclinical methods using 2D cell cultures are unable to fully recapitulate clinical drug responses mainly due to limited in vitro functional lifespan. Since extracellular matrices are known to be key regulators of cell development, culturing cells on classic 2D plastic surfaces inevitably results in loss of differentiation. Hence, 3D models of the human proximal tubule that recapitulate the in vivo morphology would allow for improved drug screening and disease modeling. Here, the development and characterization of a 3D proximal tubule model using RPTEC/TERT1 cells is presented. RPTEC/TERT1 cells self-assembled in matrigel to form highly differentiated and stable 3D tubular structures characterized by a branched network of monolayered cells encircling a cell-free lumen thus mimicking the proximal tubule. In vitro tubuli resembled the polarity of a proximal tubule epithelium as indicated by polar expression of Na+/K+- ATPase and ZO-3. Furthermore, 3D cultured RPTEC/TERT1 cells showed overall increased mRNA expression of xenobiotic transporters e.g. OCTs and MATEs and de novo expression of OAT3 when compared to cultures on plastics or membrane inserts. Finally, this model was used to assess delayed cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity and demonstrated increased sensitivity when compared to 2D culture. Thus, the easy-to-use model described here may prove to be useful for mechanistic investigations, e.g. in discovery of compounds interfering with tubule formation, differentiation and polarization, as well for the detection and understanding of pharmaceutical induced nephrotoxicity.
       
  • Recommendations to improve the EU non-technical summaries of animal
           experiments.

    • Abstract: Recommendations to improve the EU non-technical summaries of animal experiments. [Journal Article]ALTEX 2017 Nov 29.ATaylor K, Rego L, Weber T Under the new Directive 2010/63/EC, member states have to publish non-technical summaries (NTS) of the projects involving animals that they authorise. These summaries must include information on the ob...Publisher Full TextUnder the new Directive 2010/63/EC, member states have to publish non-technical summaries (NTS) of the projects involving animals that they authorise. These summaries must include information on the objectives of the project including the predicted harm and benefits and the number and types of animals to be used. Summaries should also demonstrate compliance with the 3Rs. The intention was that NTS would help increase the transparency of animal research in the EU. In this article, we review the status of the publication of NTS across member states and give some general observations on publication speed, identification, accessibility and quality. We also review in more detail the quality of reporting in a selection of NTS from Germany and the UK. We consistently found that NTS from Germany and the UK were deficient in their description of what is being done to the animals and what they might experience as a result. Using examples taken from specific NTS we highlight what we view to be good and bad examples to assist member states and researchers in producing better NTS in the future. The NTS can also be an important tool in sharing of best practice in the 3Rs and the avoidance of duplicative animal testing. For this to happen however, member states need to publish timely, ensure that NTS are accurate and, ideally, there needs to be some centralisation of the NTS.
       
  • Co-culture of human alveolar epithelial (hAELVi) and macrophage (THP-1)
           cell lines.

    • Abstract: Co-culture of human alveolar epithelial (hAELVi) and macrophage (THP-1) cell lines. [Consensus Development Conference]ALTEX 2017 Nov 23.AKletting S, Barthold S, Repnik U, et al. The air-blood barrier is mainly composed of alveolar epithelial cells and macrophages. Whereas the epithelium acts as a diffusional barrier, macrophages represent an immunological barrier, in particula...The air-blood barrier is mainly composed of alveolar epithelial cells and macrophages. Whereas the epithelium acts as a diffusional barrier, macrophages represent an immunological barrier, in particular for larger molecules and nanoparticles. This paper describes a new co-culture of human cell lines representing both cell types. Acquiring, culturing and maintaining primary alveolar epithelial cells presents significant logistical and technical difficulties. The recently established human alveolar epithelial lentivirus immortalized cell line, hAELVi, when grown on permeable filters, form monolayers with high functional and morphological resemblance to alveolar type I cells. To model alveolar macrophages, the human cell line THP-1 was seeded on pre-formed hAELVi monolayers. The co-culture was characterized regarding cellular morphology, viability and barrier function. Macrophages were homogenously distributed on the epithelium and could be kept in co-culture for up to 7 days. Transmission electron microscopy showed loose contact between THP-1 and hAELVi cells. When grown at air liquid interface, both cells were covered with extracellular matrix-like structure, which was absent in THP-1 mono culture. In co-culture with macrophages, hAELVi cells displayed similar, sometimes even higher, trans-epithelial electrical resistance than in mono-cultures. When exposed to silver and starch NPs, hAELVi mono-cultures were more tolerant to the particles than THP-1 mono-cultures. The viability in the co-culture was similar to that of hAELVi monocultures. Transport studies with sodium fluorescein in presence/absence of EDTA proved that the co culture acts as functional diffusion barrier. These data demonstrate that hAELVi-/THP-1 co-cultures represent a promising model for safety and permeability studies of inhaled chemicals, drugs and nanoparticles.
       
  • The GARD platform for potency assessment of skin sensitizing chemicals.

    • Abstract: The GARD platform for potency assessment of skin sensitizing chemicals. [Journal Article]ALTEX 2017; 34(4):539-559.AZeller KS, Forreryd A, Lindberg T, et al. Contact allergy induced by certain chemicals is a common health concern, and several alternative methods have been developed to fulfill the requirements of European legislation with regard to hazard as...Publisher Full TextContact allergy induced by certain chemicals is a common health concern, and several alternative methods have been developed to fulfill the requirements of European legislation with regard to hazard assessment of potential skin sensitizers. However, validated methods, which provide information about the potency of skin sensitizers, are still lacking. The cell-based assay Genomic Allergen Rapid Detection (GARD), targeting key event 3, dendritic cell activation, of the skin sensitization AOP, uses gene expression profiling and a machine learning approach for the prediction of chemicals as sensitizers or non-sensitizers. Based on the GARD platform, we here expanded the assay to predict three sensitizer potency classes according to the European Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation, targeting categories 1A (strong), 1B (weak) and no cat (non-sensitizer). Using a random forest approach and 70 training samples, a potential biomarker signature of 52 transcripts was identified. The resulting model could predict an independent test set consisting of 18 chemicals, six from each CLP category and all previously unseen to the model, with an overall accuracy of 78%. Importantly, the model was shown to be conservative and only underestimated the class label of one chemical. Furthermore, an association of defined chemical protein reactivity with distinct biological pathways illustrates that our transcriptional approach can reveal information contributing to the understanding of underlying mechanisms in sensitization.
       
  • Progress towards the replacement of the rabbit blood sugar bioidentity
           assay by an in vitro test for batch release of insulins in quality
           control.

    • Abstract: Progress towards the replacement of the rabbit blood sugar bioidentity assay by an in vitro test for batch release of insulins in quality control. [Letter]ALTEX 2017; 34(4):565-566.AHack R, Rueggeberg S, Schneider L, et al. Publisher Full Text
       
  • Computational approaches to chemical hazard assessment.

    • Abstract: Computational approaches to chemical hazard assessment. [Journal Article]ALTEX 2017; 34(4):459-478.ALuechtefeld T, Hartung T Computational prediction of toxicity has reached new heights as a result of decades of growth in the magnitude and diversity of biological data. Public packages for statistics and machine learning make...Publisher Full TextComputational prediction of toxicity has reached new heights as a result of decades of growth in the magnitude and diversity of biological data. Public packages for statistics and machine learning make model creation faster. New theory in machine learning and cheminformatics enables integration of chemical structure, toxicogenomics, simulated and physical data in the prediction of chemical health hazards, and other toxicological information. Our earlier publications have characterized a toxicological dataset of unprecedented scale resulting from the European REACH legislation (Registration Evaluation Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). These publications dove into potential use cases for regulatory data and some models for exploiting this data. This article analyzes the options for the identification and categorization of chemicals, moves on to the derivation of descriptive features for chemicals, discusses different kinds of targets modeled in computational toxicology, and ends with a high-level perspective of the algorithms used to create computational toxicology models.
       
  • State-of-the-art and new options to assess T cell activation by skin
           sensitizers: Cosmetics Europe Workshop.

    • Abstract: State-of-the-art and new options to assess T cell activation by skin sensitizers: Cosmetics Europe Workshop. [Consensus Development Conference]ALTEX 2017 Oct 02.Avan Vliet E, Kühnl J, Goebel C, et al. Significant progress has been made in the development and validation of non-animal test methods for skin sensitization assessment. At present, three of the four key events of the Adverse Outcome Pathwa...Significant progress has been made in the development and validation of non-animal test methods for skin sensitization assessment. At present, three of the four key events of the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) are assessable by OECD-accepted in vitro methods. The fourth key event describes the immunological response in the draining lymph node where activated dendritic cells present major histocompatibility complex-bound chemically modified peptides to naive T cells, thereby priming the proliferation of antigen-specific T cells. Despite substantial efforts, modelling and assessing this adaptive immune response to sensitizers with in vitro T cell assays still represents a challenge. The Cosmetics Europe Skin Tolerance Task Force organized a workshop, bringing together academic researchers, method developers, industry representatives and regulatory stakeholders to review the scientific status of T cell-based assays, foster a mutual scientific understanding and conceive new options to assess T cell activation. Participants agreed that current T cell assays have come a long way in predicting immunogenicity, but that further investment and collaboration is required to simplify assays, optimize their sensitivity, better define human donor-to-donor variability and evaluate their value to predict sensitizer potency. Furthermore, the potential role of T cell assays in AOP-based testing strategies and subsequent safety assessment concepts for cosmetic ingredients was discussed. It was agreed that it is currently difficult to anticipate uses of T cell assay data for safety assessment and concluded that experience from case studies on real-life risk assessment scenarios is needed to further consider the usefulness of assessing the fourth AOP key event.
       
  • Integrated strategy for mutagenicity prediction applied to food contact
           chemicals.

    • Abstract: Integrated strategy for mutagenicity prediction applied to food contact chemicals. [Journal Article]ALTEX 2017 Sep 18.AManganelli S, Schilter B, Benfenati E, et al. Food contamination due to unintentional leakage of chemicals from food contact materials (FCM) is a source of increasing concern. Since for many of these substances, only limited or no toxicological da...Food contamination due to unintentional leakage of chemicals from food contact materials (FCM) is a source of increasing concern. Since for many of these substances, only limited or no toxicological data are available, the development of alternative methodologies to establish rapidly and cost-efficiently level of safety concern is critical to ensure adequate consumer protection. Computational toxicology methods are considered the most promising solutions to cope with this data gap. In particular, mutagenicity assessment has a particular relevance and is a mandatory requirement for all substances released from plastic FCM, regardless how low migration and exposure are. In the present work, a strategy integrating a number of (Quantitative) Structure Activity Relationship ((Q)SAR) models for Ames mutagenicity predictions is proposed. A list of chemicals representing likely migrating moieties from FCM was selected to test the value of the newly defined strategy and the possibility to combine predictions given by the different algorithms was evaluated. In particular, a scheme to integrate mutagenicity estimations into a single final assessment was developed resulting in an increased domain of applicability. In most cases, a deeper analysis of experimental data, where available, allowed fixing misclassification errors, highlighting the importance of data curation in the development, validation and application of in silico methods. The high accuracy of the strategy provided the rationales for its application for toxicologically uncharacterized chemicals. Finally, the overall strategy of integration will be automated through its implementation into a freely available software application.
       
  • Ex vivo model unravelling cell distribution effect in hydrogels for
           cartilage repair.

    • Abstract: Ex vivo model unravelling cell distribution effect in hydrogels for cartilage repair. [Journal Article]ALTEX 2017 Sep 08.AMouser VHM, Dautzenberg NMM, Levato R, et al. The implantation of chondrocyte-laden hydrogels is a promising cartilage repair strategy. Chondrocytes can be spatially positioned in hydrogels and thus in defects, while current clinical cell-therapie...The implantation of chondrocyte-laden hydrogels is a promising cartilage repair strategy. Chondrocytes can be spatially positioned in hydrogels and thus in defects, while current clinical cell-therapies introduce chondrocytes in the defect depth. The main aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of spatial chondrocyte distribution on the reparative process. To reduce animal experiments, an ex vivo osteochondral plug model was used and evaluated. Finally, the role of the delivered and endogenous cells in the repair process was investigated. Full thickness cartilage defects were created in equine osteochondral plugs. Defects were filled with (A) chondrocytes at the bottom of the defect, covered with a cell-free hydrogel, (B) chondrocytes homogeneously encapsulated in a hydrogel, and (C, D) combinations of A and B with different cell densities. Plugs were cultured up to 57 days, after which the cartilage and repair tissues were characterized and compared to baseline samples. Additionally, at day 21, the origin of cells in the repair tissue was evaluated. Best outcomes were obtained with conditions C and D, which resulted in well-integrated cartilage-like tissue that completely filled the defect, regardless of the initial cell density. A critical role of the spatial chondrocyte distribution in the repair process was observed. Moreover, the osteochondral plugs stimulated cartilage formation in the hydrogels when cultured in the defects. Finally, the resulting repair tissue originated from the delivered cells. These findings confirm the potential of the osteochondral plug model for the optimization of the composition of cartilage implants and for studying repair mechanisms.
       
  • Prediction of acute inhalation toxicity using in vitro lung surfactant
           inhibition.

    • Abstract: Prediction of acute inhalation toxicity using in vitro lung surfactant inhibition. [Journal Article]ALTEX 2017 Aug 17.ASørli JB, Huang Y, Da Silva E, et al. Private consumers and professionals may experience acute inhalation toxicity after inhaling aerosolized impregnation products. The distinction between toxic and non-toxic products is difficult to make ...Private consumers and professionals may experience acute inhalation toxicity after inhaling aerosolized impregnation products. The distinction between toxic and non-toxic products is difficult to make for producers and product users alike, as there is no clearly described relationship between the chemical composition of the products and induction of toxicity. The currently accepted method for determination of acute inhalation toxicity is based on experiments on animals; it is time-consuming, expensive and causes stress for the animals. Impregnation products are present on the market in large numbers and amounts and exhibit great variety. Therefore, an alternative method to screen for acute inhalation toxicity is needed. The aim of our study was to determine if inhibition of lung surfactant by impregnation products in vitro could accurately predict toxicity in vivo in mice. We tested 21 impregnation products using the constant flow through set-up of the constrained drop surfactometer to determine if they inhibited LS function or not. The same products were tested in a mouse inhalation bioassay to determine their toxicity in vivo. The sensitivity was 100%, i.e. the in vitro method predicted all the products that were toxic for mice to inhale. The specificity of the in vitro test was 63%, i.e. the in vitro method found three false positive of the 21 tested products. Six of the products have been involved in accidental human inhalation where they caused acute inhalation toxicity. All of these six products inhibited lung surfactant function in vitro and were toxic to mice.
       
 
 
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