We established a protocol to efficiently generate hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) from human pluripotent stem cells (PSCs). Our procedure generated complex in vitro spheroid cultures that better mimic the complexity of the liver as well as liver function. In co-culture, iPSC-HSCs promote maintenance

Last updated on: 04-11-2020 - 12:32

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Partners: KU Leuven
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
In this method, we use rabbit monoclonal antibodies that are produced in vitro to identify xenografted human stem cell-derived hepatocytes in frozen murine liver slices. These recombinant antibodies were produced in vitro by cloning antibody genes for immune-specific heavy and light antibody chains

Last updated on: 16-10-2020 - 11:27

Contact: Joery De Kock
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: History of use
The CALUX method is an in vitro bioassay that uses reporter gene cell lines that have been stably transfected with a luciferase reporter gene under the control of relevant receptor specific DNA response element. This enables the screening for chemicals that can bind to specific receptors and

Last updated on: 17-09-2020 - 11:49

Contact: Imke Boonen
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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