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Title (Primary) Cellular uptake kinetics of neutral and charged chemicals in in vitro assays measured by fluorescence microscopy
Author Fischer, F.C.; Abele, C.; Droge, S.T.J.; Henneberger, L.; König, M.; Schlichting, R.; Scholz, S.; Escher, B.I.;
Journal Chemical Research in Toxicology
Year 2018
Department BIOTOX; AUC; ZELLTOX;
Volume 31
Issue 8
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T42;
Supplements https://pubs.acs.org/doi/suppl/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00019/suppl_file/tx8b00019_si_001.pdf
Abstract Cellular uptake kinetics are key for understanding time-dependent chemical exposure in in vitro cell assays. Slow cellular uptake kinetics in relation to the total exposure time can considerably reduce the biologically effective dose. In this study, fluorescence microscopy combined with automated image analysis was applied for time-resolved quantification of cellular uptake of 10 neutral, anionic, cationic, and zwitterionic fluorophores in two reporter gene assays. The chemical fluorescence in the medium remained relatively constant during the 24-h assay duration, emphasizing that the proteins and lipids in the fetal bovine serum (FBS) supplemented to the assay medium represent a large reservoir of reversibly bound chemicals with the potential to compensate for chemical depletion by cell uptake, growth, and sorption to well materials. Hence FBS plays a role in stabilizing the cellular dose in a similar way as polymer-based passive dosing, here we term this process as serum-mediated passive dosing (SMPD). Neutral chemicals accumulated in the cells up to 12 times faster than charged chemicals. Increasing medium FBS concentrations accelerated uptake due to FBS-facilitated transport but led to lower cellular concentrations as a result of increased sorption to medium proteins and lipids. In vitro cell exposure results from the interaction of several extra- and intracellular processes, leading to variable and time-dependent exposure between different chemicals and assay setups. The medium FBS plays a crucial role for the thermodynamic equilibria as well as for the cellular uptake kinetics, hence influencing exposure. However, quantification of cellular exposure by an area under the curve (AUC) analysis illustrated that, for the evaluated bioassay setup, current in vitro exposure models that assume instantaneous equilibrium between medium and cells still reflect a realistic exposure because the AUC was typically reduced less than 20% compared to the cellular dose that would result from instantaneous equilibrium.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=20855
Fischer, F.C., Abele, C., Droge, S.T.J., Henneberger, L., König, M., Schlichting, R., Scholz, S., Escher, B.I. (2018):
Cellular uptake kinetics of neutral and charged chemicals in in vitro assays measured by fluorescence microscopy
Chem. Res. Toxicol. 31 (8), 646 - 657