This method is a straightforward, colorimetric, and inexpensive high-throughput screening system in bacteria which depends on the activity of human HPD. This screening assay is based on the formation and accumulation of a melanin-like ochronotic pigment which has a characteristic brown color. In the

Last updated on: 26-05-2020 - 11:30

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, RWTH Aachen
Partners: RWTH Aachen
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
Amoebae are natural eukaryotic predators of bacteria, yeasts, fungi and they are ubiquiste. They are excellent and easy-to-use cellular infection models, as they allow to co-cultivate any organisms in a broad range of infection medium, compatible with high quality microscopy techniques,

Last updated on: 19-05-2020 - 11:02

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
A calculated number of bacteria is injected through the pro-legs of the larvae. As several entry points are present, this allows to inject virulent bacteria and potential antimicrobial compounds within the same host. The survival of the larvae is scored over time (days post inoculation) until about

Last updated on: 19-05-2020 - 11:01

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
Studying spermatogenesis in situ has led to the understanding that the 3D reorganization of testicular cells into an interstitial and tubular compartment is of enormous importance for germ cell differentiation. We will rely on 3D bioprinting technology which gives control over cell deposition and

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

Contact: Guillaume Richer
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development, Published in peer reviewed journal
Follicle Biology Laboratory has developed a well characterized and standardized MOUSE in vitro follicle culture (IFC) system. In this system, early stage ovarian follicles are cultured in vitro under physiological hormone concentrations up to fertilizable and developmentally competent mature oocytes

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 14:00

Contact: Ellen Anckaert
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use, Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
In this method, it is possible to use active/viable animal or human brain slices / cells (normal or disease model) to study the effects of different drugs on brain cells (neuron or glia) in diverse brain region.

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 13:37

Contact: Surajit Sahu
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use, Published in peer reviewed journal
Prototyping and replication (small series production) of microfluidic or optofluidic devices, in thermoplastic polymers or in glass. 3D nanoprinting is also available to produce microscaffolds, possibly within microfluidic channels.

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 13:36

Contact: Jürgen Van Erps
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
Recent improvements on the structural aspects of organ-on-chips pave the way towards a large-scale application. As such soon the number of read-out instruments that are in operation in parallel will need to drastically increase. Unfortunately, standard read-out equipment is bulky, complex and

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 13:33

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development
HepG2 is a human hepatoma derived cell line, which are epithelial in morphology. It was established from liver tissue of a 15-year-old Caucasian male with a well differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma. The HepG2 cell line is one of the most used human liver-based in vitro models. The cells secrete

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 10:11

Contact: Anja Heymans
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use
Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hUC-MSCs) express several key liver-specific transcription factors as well as hepatic progenitor markers. However, they still lack the hepatocyte nuclear factors 1-alpha (HNF1a) and 4-alpha (HNF4a), indispensable for their reprogramming towards

Last updated on: 08-11-2019 - 10:09

Contact: Karolien Buyl
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development