Human adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC) and human periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSC) as cellular substrates of a toxicity prediction assay

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Abstract

With the increasing need to develop in vitro assays to replace animal use, human stem cell-derived methods are emerging and showing outstanding contributions to the toxicological screening of substances. Adult human stem cells such as adipose-derived stem cells (ADSC) and periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSC) were used as cell substrates for a cytotoxicity assay and toxicity prediction using the neutral red uptake (NRU) assay. First, primary cell cultures from three independent donors, from each tissue source, were characterized as mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) by plastic adherence and appropriate immunophenotype for MSC markers (positive for CD90, CD73, and CD105 and negative for CD11b, CD34, CD45, HLADR, and CD19). Furthermore, ADSC and PDLSC were able to differentiate into adipocytes and osteoblasts when maintained under the same culture conditions previously established for the NRU assay. NRU assays for three reference test substances were performed. R2 was higher than 0.85 for all conditions, showing the feasibility to calculate IC50 values. The IC50 values were then used to predict the LD50 of the test substances, which were comparable to previous results and the ICCVAM standard test report. Primary ADSC and PDLSC showed the potential to be considered as additional models for use in cytotoxicity assays.

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