Faculté des sciences

Modeling nanoparticle–alveolar epithelial cell interactions under breathing conditions using captive bubble surfactometry

Schürch, David ; Vanhecke, Dimitri ; Clift, Martin J. D. ; Raemy, David ; Aberasturi, Dorleta Jimenez de ; Parak, Wolfgang J. ; Gehr, Peter ; Petri-Fink, Alke ; Rothen-Rutishauser, Barbara

In: Langmuir, 2014, vol. 30, no. 17, p. 4924–4932

Many advances have been made in recent years in cell culture models of the epithelial barrier of the lung from simple monolayers to complex 3-D systems employing different cell types. However, the vast majority of these models still present a static air–liquid interface which is unrealistic given the dynamic nature of breathing. We present here a method where epithelial lung cells are... More

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    Many advances have been made in recent years in cell culture models of the epithelial barrier of the lung from simple monolayers to complex 3-D systems employing different cell types. However, the vast majority of these models still present a static air–liquid interface which is unrealistic given the dynamic nature of breathing. We present here a method where epithelial lung cells are integrated into a system, the captive bubble surfactometer, which allows the cyclical compression and expansion of the surfactant film at the air–liquid interface, thus modeling the dynamics of breathing. We found that cellular uptake of deposited gold nanoparticles was significantly increased under the dynamic (breathing) conditions of compression and expansion as compared to static conditions. The method could be very useful for studying nanoparticle–alveolar lung cell interactions under breathing conditions for applications in nanomedicine and toxicology.