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Organotypic Liver Model for Predictive Human Toxicology and MetabolismEPA Grant Number: R835736C004
Subproject: this is subproject number 004 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R835736
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
Center: Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC)
Center Director: Beskid, Craig
Title: Organotypic Liver Model for Predictive Human Toxicology and Metabolism
Investigators: Taylor, D. Lansing , Davidson, Jeffrey M. , Gough, Albert , Vernetti, Lawrence
Institution: University of Pittsburgh , Vanderbilt University
EPA Project Officer: Aja, Hayley
Project Period: December 1, 2014 through November 30, 2018 (Extended to November 30, 2019)
RFA: Organotypic Culture Models for Predictive Toxicology Center (2013) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Chemical Safety for Sustainability
(1) Transfer current microfluidics-based, 4-cell type, 3D liver organoid into commercial device; (2) demonstrate normal and abnormal liver function, drug metabolism and toxicity responses for 50-60 ToxCast chemicals; (3) demonstrate IM-MS analysis of targeted secretome products including drug metabolites, cytokines, lipids, proteins; (4) implement realtime, fluorescence-based biosensors of key physiological functions for liver and other organoid culture models (OCMs); (5) provide liver+drug conditioned media to other OCMs; (6) validate iPSC hepatocytes for use in the device; (7) adapt University of Pittsburgh Microphysiology Database to manage, consolidate, visualize, QC and organize data for transfer to EPA.
The liver OCM is a reconstruction of a human liver sinusoidal unit amenable for pharmacokinetics, toxicology and pharmacology studies and has demonstrated normal liver functions including drug metabolism up to 3 weeks in culture. A key feature of the liver OCM is the inclusion of hepatocytes, endothelial cells, macrophages and stellate cells – all genetically encoded with fluorescence-based biosensors for High Content Imaging of key pathways and mechanisms of toxicity (oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, apoptosis, immune and fibrosis response). The liver organoid will be integrated into Vanderbilt’s moderate throughput screening platform as a microfluidic device to allow use of the secreted media for: (a) assaying the secretome in near real-time for targeted high content metabolomics; (b) provide liver conditioned media to feed chemical metabolites to the reproductive and developmental OCMs, and (c); track mechanisms of toxicity in the liver. During the project we propose to replace the primary hepatocytes used in our current device with renewable, validated, adult-like iPSC hepatocytes and develop novel biosensors to AhR, ppar-a, NFkB, PR and others for incorporation into the 4 OCMs. Finally, we will adapt the UPDDI Microphysiology database to manage data, conduct analysis, QC and transfer the data to the EPA.
The outputs of this project will include: (1) a metabolically active liver OCM linked to other OCMs with the capacity to be used for predictive Adverse Outcome Pathway elucidation on a moderate throughput screening platform; (2) presentations and publications that advance the understanding how liver pre-treatment of chemicals can lead to human developmental abnormalities; (3) identification of liver-related mechanism(s) which interfere with normal reproductive and development function.
Publications and Presentations:Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 34 publications for this subproject | View all 158 publications for this center
Journal Articles:Journal Articles have been submitted on this subproject: View all 10 journal articles for this subproject | View all 49 journal articles for this center
Supplemental Keywords:biology, cellular, human, human health, molecular, systems based model, teratogen, chemicals, toxins, hepatotoxins, development, risk assessment, methods
Progress and Final Reports:
Main Center Abstract and Reports:R835736 Mickey Leland National Urban Air Toxics Research Center (NUATRC)
Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
R835736C001 Mammosphere Bioreactor For Life-Stage Specific Toxicology
R835736C002 Organotypic Culture Model to Analyze DevelopmentalLimbMalformationsResulting from Toxicant/Teratogen Exposure
R835736C003 Validating a fetal membrane on a chip model for characterizing reproductive toxicant exposure risks
R835736C004 Organotypic Liver Model for Predictive Human Toxicology and Metabolism
R835736C005 Systems Engineering & Analysis for Organotypic Culture Models
Project Research Results
10 journal articles for this subproject
Main Center: R835736
158 publications for this center
49 journal articles for this center