Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) ranges from simple steatosis to severe, life-threatening non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Steatosis is mostly asymptomatic and does not cause health complications. However, in 5-10% of the cases it proceeds to NASH in which hepatic inflammation

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:37

Contact: Joost Boeckmans
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development

The effect of fluidics that mimic the blood flow in the liver sinusoids, is evaluated during the hepatic differentiation of human skin-derived precursors (hSKP) [1],[2]. In a standard bi-dimensional (2D) cell culture system, hSKP are differentiated to hSKP-HPC for 24 days in static conditions. In

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:37

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development

Polycaprolactone (PCL) fiber materials are fabricated using an electrospinning method [1]. Molecular weight of PCL is 45 000 Da (Sigma-Aldrich). The electrospinning process is performed using 18wt% PCL solution dissolved in chloroform:ethanol at a ratio of 9:1. Two high-voltage sources are used

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:36

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use

For the generation of the human skin-derived precursors (hSKP) spheroids, ultra-low attachment 96-well plates, cell-repellent (Greiner) are used. hSKP cultured on tissue culture plates are detached with trypple (5 minutes) and collected in a tube. After centrifugation, hSKP are counted at the

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:36

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development

Drug-induced phospholipidosis (DIPL) is a metabolic disorder characterized by an excessive intracellular accumulation of phospholipids caused by cationic drugs [1]. Hepatic cells derived from human skin are evaluated as an in vitro model to investigate DIPL and its mechanisms. Human skin stem

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:36

Contact: Cannot be disclosed
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Partners: Cannot be disclosed
Status: History of use

ATP transports chemical energy within cells by serving as a substrate for kinases and as such fulfills a vital function in numerous cellular processes such as cell injury and subsequent cell death. ATP is therefore a crucial player in these events that are results of intracellular stress.

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:35

Contact: Axelle Cooreman
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use

The MTT test is performed to determine the in vitro cytotoxicity of selected chemicals. The mitochondrial enzyme succinate deydrogenase is responsible for the biotransformation of toxic agents and MTT. The ability of cells to reduce MTT provides an indication of the mitochondrial integrity and

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:35

Contact: Axelle Cooreman
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use

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: 22-03-2019 - 11:30

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

Basically, the standard operating procedure outlined in this document consists of the following steps, namely, (i) preparation of the cells for the DCFH-DA assay, (ii) DCFH-DA test procedure, (v) processing of the results. Practical details are provided for each of these steps and are followed by

Last updated on: 22-03-2019 - 11:30

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

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: 22-03-2019 - 11:29

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Still in development