The cytokinesis-block micronucleus method allows assessing the presence of DNA damage at the chromosome level. It is an essential part of toxicology, because mutation is a crucial event in carcinogenesis. The capacity of inhaled particles to induce irreversible mutations in type II lung epithelial

Last updated on: 26-11-2019 - 17:35

Organisation: UCLouvain
Status: Validated by an external party (e.g. OECD, EURL ECVAM,…)
Cell Culture and Reagents hiPSC-CMs can be obtained commercially either as living pre-plated cells seeded onto fibronectin-coated 96-well mClear plates (Greiner Bio-One, No. 655090) or can be plated in house at a density (~25,000 cells/well) suited to forming a confluent synchronously beating mono

Last updated on: 26-11-2019 - 13:17

Contact: Ard Teisman
Organisation: Janssen Pharma of JNJ
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal, Validated by an external party (e.g. OECD, EURL ECVAM,…)
The BALB/c-derived - 4T1 mammary tumor cell line and RAW264.7 macrophage cell line were maintained in Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Medium (DMEM) supplemented with 10% heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (FBS), 100 U/ml penicillin and 100 μg/ml streptomycin in culture flasks. Harvesting of cultured

Last updated on: 26-11-2019 - 13:12

Contact: Kristel Demeyere
Organisation: Ghent University
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
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,…)
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