This method describes the steps to go from a liver to a decellularized matrix. It uses mild and strong detergents to destroy cells and keep the extracellular matrix intact. This matrix can then be used for a variety of purposes, including (but not limited to) repopulation, basis for coating and

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:24

Contact: Paul Claes
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
This method describes the steps from a living rat to a single cell solution of primary hepatocytes. This requires surgery on the lab animal, a perfusion with buffer solution, a digestion with collagenase and a filtration step to obtain primary hepatocytes.

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:22

Contact: Paul Claes
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Human skin-derived adult stem cells differentiated towards hepatic cells (hSKP-HPC) are used in this method (R. M. Rodrigues et al., Stem Cells Dev. 23, 44–55 (2014)). These cells are exposed to a cocktail of insulin and glucose at certain concentrations. After 24h of exposure, these cells exhibit a

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:19

Contact: Joost Boeckmans
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development
Human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 FT cells is a celline that is very easy to culture and is used to obtain high viral titers. “293” is a reference to the 293th experiment wherein the cell line was discovered. A transfection with an adenovirus type 5 DNA fragment took place, causing the cell line to

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:17

Contact: Matthias Rombaut
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use
The neutral red uptake assay is a cell viability assay that allows in vitro quantification of xenobiotic-induced cytotoxicity. The assay relies on the ability of living cells to incorporate and bind neutral red, a weak cationic dye, in lysosomes. As such, cytotoxicity is expressed as a concentration

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:17

Contact: Robim Rodrigues
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal, Validated by an external party (e.g. OECD, EURL ECVAM,…)
This method assesses general cytotoxicity. Upon disruption of the cell membrane, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) is released. LDH catalyzes the interconversion of pyruvate and lactate with concomitant interconversion of reduced (NADH) and oxidized (NAD+) nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. The principle

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:17

Contact: Kaat Leroy
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use
The method detects two facets of drug-induced cytotoxicity i.e. the intracellular accumulation of phospholipids and of neutral lipids, i.e. phospholipidosis and steatosis respectively. The assay makes use of a kit containing an aqueous, red-fluorescent formulation of labelled phospholipids (LipidTOX

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:15

Contact: Kaat Leroy
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use
This method describes a very reliable and robust in vitro model for the screening of the cholestatic liability of drugs and other chemical entities. The 3D spheroids generated from primary human hepatocytes can be cultivated up to 28 days, allowing long-term exposures which can depict otherwise

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:14

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development
The present standard procedure describes a protocol for measuring the urea concentration in supernatant of human stem cell-derived hepatocyte-like cells. This procedure relies on a chromogenic reagent that forms a colored complex specifically with urea. The latter can be measured and is directly

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 09:14

Contact: Cannot be disclosed
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use, Internally validated