Alkaptonuria (AKU) is a rare inborn error of metabolism caused by a defective homogentisate 1,2-dioxygenase (HGD), an enzyme involved in the tyrosine degradation pathway. Loss of HGD function leads to the accumulation of homogentisic acid (HGA) in connective body tissues in a process called

Last updated on: 06-12-2023 - 14:45

Contact: Sien Lequeue
Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Partners: RWTH Aachen
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
More than 3 million deaths worldwide are linked to excessive alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse associated gut barrier dysfunction is thought to play an important role in the development of alcohol-associated liver disease. Although some aspects that contribute to this process have been elucidated,

Last updated on: 30-10-2023 - 10:05

Organisation: Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Partners: UCLouvain, Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, UCLouvain
Status: Still in development
Endotoxins are lipopolysaccharides anchored at the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria. These pyrogenic compounds can be introduced in pharmaceutical products during their manufacture and could induce severe physiological reactions in humans. This is why endotoxins are dosed, in order to assure

Last updated on: 28-09-2023 - 11:59

Contact: Flore Laurent
Organisation: Sciensano
Status: Internally validated, Validated by an external party (e.g. OECD, EURL ECVAM,…)
The maturation of the human brain shows species-specific differences of neoteny when compared to lower mammals. This process encompass a time window that expands from late embryonic stages to early adolescence. Major features of brain maturation are the acquisition of phenotypic complex traits such

Last updated on: 25-09-2023 - 14:38

Organisation: University of Liège (ULiège)
Status: Still in development, History of use
In contrast to human medicine, standard imaging techniques for cardiac interventions, namely fluoroscopy, CT and MRI, cannot be used in horses because the size of their thorax is too large for the gantry (CT and MRI) or results in insufficient detail (fluoroscopy). Therefore, echocardiography is

Last updated on: 20-09-2023 - 10:28

Contact: Ingrid Vernemmen
Organisation: Ghent University (UGent)
Status: Still in development
Severely burned skin can exhibit serious contractions that may negatively impact the mobility of joints of patients. The method deals with post-burn evolution of skin, in which one considers the balance of momentum, cells, collagen and chemokines. The balances are represented in terms of partial

Last updated on: 05-09-2023 - 11:43

Contact: Fred Vermolen
Organisation: University of Hasselt (UHasselt)
Status: Still in development, Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
UHDR irradiations show healthy tissue sparing effect known as the FLASH effect. Since 2014, the FLASH effect is investigated worldwide to understand how it works and how to trigger it. The FLASH effect is defined as an in vivo effect. However, in vivo models are often expensive and time-consuming.

Last updated on: 05-09-2023 - 08:45

Contact: Lucas Schoenauen
Organisation: Université de Namur (UNamur)
Status: Still in development
Zebrafish-based platforms have recently emerged as a useful tool for toxicity testing as they combine the advantages of in vitro and in vivo methodologies. Nevertheless, the capacity to metabolically convert xenobiotics by zebrafish eleuthero embryos is supposedly low. To circumvent this concern, a

Last updated on: 01-09-2023 - 09:55

Contact: Marie Pardon
Organisation: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
The spatiotemporal distribution of fluorescent compounds was examined during 48 h after immersion (10 µM) or microinjection (2 mg/kg) in the pericardial cavity (PC), intraperitoneally (IP) and yolk sac (IY) of 3 dpf zebrafsh eleuthero-embryos. By modelling the fluorescence of whole-body contours

Last updated on: 01-09-2023 - 09:43

Contact: Marie Pardon
Organisation: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
Immersion treatment: zebrafish embryos at the two-cell stage were immersed in Danieau’s medium containing the compound. A compound concentration of 10 µM and DMSO concentration of 0.1% (v/v) in a volume of 5 mL was used per well (6-well-plates). At 72 h, the zebrafish medium containing the compound

Last updated on: 01-09-2023 - 09:32

Contact: Marie Pardon
Organisation: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal