Worldwide, outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million premature deaths per year. Both chronic and acute exposure to particulate matter air pollution is a risk factor for heart and lung diseases. One of the atmospheric pollutant particles is represented by soot or black carbon (BC)

Last updated on: 15-11-2019 - 16:16

Contact: Eva Bongaerts
Organisation: Hasselt University
Partners: Hasselt University, KU Leuven
Status: History of use, Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal

The hemolysis assay remarkably predicts the inflammatory potential of inhaled particles. The capacity of particles to damage cellular membranes is a key property to predict their inflammatory potential upon inhalation. In macrophages and epithelial cells exposed to particles, alteration of the

Last updated on: 15-11-2019 - 16:15

Contact: Dominique Lison
Organisation: UCLouvain
Status: History of use, Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal

TEM, NTA and western blot were used to characterize the purified inflammation‐associated EV subpopulations from TNF-α treated HUVEC based on their sedimentation speeds (10K and110K) and surface markers (CDs and ICAM-1). Protein arrays were used to discover the immunomodulatory content of

Last updated on: 14-11-2019 - 14:02

Organisation: Hasselt University
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal, Currently submitted for further validation by an external party (e.g. OECD, EURL ECVAM,…)

The lab routinely use C. elegans culture as genetic model. We explore the development and the ageing of the neuromuscular system. The methods used regularly in our lab include molecular biology, generation of transgenic animals or mutants, crossings, genetic screen, calcium imaging, fluorescence

Last updated on: 12-11-2019 - 17:36

Contact: patrick laurent
Organisation: Université libre de Bruxelles
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal

FIBEr (Flanders Institute for Biomechanical Experimentation) is a laboratory that investigates the mechanical properties (stiffness, strength, microstructure) of biological tissue, in casu bones, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, etc. A quantitative characterization of the mechanical behavior of

Last updated on: 12-11-2019 - 11:45

Contact: Nele Famaey
Organisation: KU Leuven, KU Leuven
Partners: KU Leuven, KU Leuven , KU Leuven , KU Leuven
Status: Still in development, History of use, Internally validated

Integrated approach for the characterization,validation and monitoring of protein biomarkers in animal tissue samples as well as on human tissue samples. The ''cell-block'' technique allows the study of cell lines with the same approach. The methodology involves histological and standardized

Last updated on: 12-11-2019 - 11:37

Contact: Cédric Balsat
Organisation: Université libre de Bruxelles
Partners: ULB, ULB
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal

Epigenetics have taken centre stage in the study of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration. A new field is emerging that targets epigenetic modifications for therapeutic intervention: pharmacoepigenetics. Particularly in oncology, inhibitors of epigenetic-modifying proteins, i.e

Last updated on: 12-11-2019 - 11:34

Contact: Maarten Dhaenens
Organisation: Ghent University
Status: Still in development, Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal

It is the goal of the DNA-adductomics to search for DNA-adducts that might be formed during interaction with contaminants. The analysis of DNA adducts is performed using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry. Both the

Last updated on: 12-11-2019 - 11:16

Contact: Lynn Vanhaecke
Organisation: Ghent University
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal

Our polar metabolomics profiling and fingerprinting methodology applies ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled to hybrid quadrupole-Orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry. Both the instrumental method, as well as generic extraction protocols for colon tissue, cell cultures,

Last updated on: 12-11-2019 - 11:13

Contact: Lynn Vanhaecke
Organisation: Ghent University
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal