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Effects of acute in vitro exposure of murine precision-cut lung slices to gaseous nitrogen dioxide and ozone in an air-liquid interface (ALI) culture

: Switalla, S.; Knebel, J.; Ritter, D.; Krug, N.; Braun, A.; Sewald, K.


Toxicology letters 196 (2010), No.2, pp.117-124
ISSN: 0378-4274
ISSN: 1879-3169
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ITEM ()
air-liquid interface culture; In vitro exposure; air-lifted exposure; organotypic culture; respiratory toxicants; gaseous compound

The aim of this study was to establish an air-liquid interface (ALI) culture of precision-cut lung slices (PCLS) for direct exposure of lung cells to gaseous contaminants. Nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) and ozone (O(3)) were selected as model gas compounds. Acute pro-inflammatory and toxic effects of NO(2) and O(3) on live lung tissue were investigated. Murine PCLS were exposed to different flow rates (3-30mL/min) of synthetic air, O(3) (3.5-8.5ppm), or NO(2) (1-80ppm). Tissue survived ex vivo in ALI culture and resisted exposure to NO(2) (1-10ppm) and O(3) (3.5-8.5ppm) for 1h. Longer exposure to NO(2) resulted in a clear loss of viability, whereas exposure to O(3) was less effective. Exposure to NO(2) dose-dependently induced release of the pro-inflammatory IL-1alpha (40%), whereas RANTES, IL-12, and eotaxin remained unchanged. Early secretion of IL-1alpha (80%), RANTES (>800%), MIP-1beta (44%), and MCP-1 (60%) was already detected after 1h of exposure to O(3). The obtained data showed that direct exposure to O(3) and NO(2) induced cytotoxicity and pro-inflammatory responses in PCLS with ALI culture. This provides a model that more closely resembles in vivo exposure of airborne contaminants, and thus should be appropriate for toxicity testing.