We developed a cellular automata model of oncolytic virotherapy with an application to pancreatic cancer. The fundamental biomedical processes (like cell proliferation, mutation, apoptosis) are modelled by the use of probabilistic principles. The migration of injected viruses (as therapy) is

Last updated on: 07-01-2021 - 21:34

Contact: Fred Vermolen
Organisation: Hasselt University, Delft University of Technology
Partners: Delft University of Technology, Technion
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
We developed an innovative model to study the effect of the supernumerary X chromosome on KS features. The model was generated using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from patients with Klinefelter syndrome (KS) i.e. with a 47, XXY karyotype. In order to compare the potentials of both 47XXY

Last updated on: 07-01-2021 - 21:23

Contact: Christine Wyns
Organisation: UCLouvain
Partners: GenevaUniversity Hospitals
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
We tissue-engineer in vitro, skeletal muscle consisting of aligned myofibers. To create the so-called bio-artificial muscle (BAM), human muscle progenitor cells are expanded, and a 3D construct is created by mixing the cells with a hydrogel. The cell-gel mix is cast into custom-made silicone molds

Last updated on: 08-12-2020 - 17:46

Contact: Lieven Thorrez
Organisation: KU Leuven
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
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
Intestinal organoids are cultured from intestinal biopsies obtained during routine endoscopy. The stem cell containing crypts are isolated and cultured in a 3D ECM (Matrigel) in the presence of the desired growth factors. The present stem cells will expand and give rise to all epithelial cells of

Last updated on: 15-10-2020 - 14:32

Contact: Cannot be disclosed
Organisation: KU Leuven
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
Alkaline comet assay (COM) and Micronucleus test (MN) are well-established cytogenetic tests that are used to detect both immediate damages i.e. DNA fragmentation, and permanent damage which results in micronuclei formation. These techniques are often applied separately or, sometimes, in combination

Last updated on: 08-10-2020 - 10:59

Contact: Ha Nguyen
Organisation: Sciensano, Université libre de Bruxelles
Partners: Liège Université
Status: History of use, Internally validated
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
Metabolomics and 13C tracer analysis are state-of-the-art techniques that allow determining the concentration of metabolites and the activity of metabolic pathways, respectively. Three dimensional (3D) cultures of cancer cells constitute an enriched in vitro environment that can be used to assay

Last updated on: 27-08-2020 - 14:42

Contact: Dorien Broekaert
Organisation: VIB KU Leuven, KU Leuven
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal