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Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances

Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances

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DRESER, Nadine, Anna-Katharina HOLZER, Marion KAPITZA, Christopher SCHOLZ, Petra KRANASTER, Simon GUTBIER, Stefanie KLIMA, David KOLB, Christian DIETZ, Timo TREFZER, Michael R. BERTHOLD, Tanja WALDMANN, Marcel LEIST, 2020. Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances. In: Archives of Toxicology. Springer Science and Business Media. 94(1), pp. 151-171. ISSN 0340-5761. eISSN 1432-0738. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s00204-019-02612-5

@article{Dreser2020-01Devel-47463, title={Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances}, year={2020}, doi={10.1007/s00204-019-02612-5}, number={1}, volume={94}, issn={0340-5761}, journal={Archives of Toxicology}, pages={151--171}, author={Dreser, Nadine and Holzer, Anna-Katharina and Kapitza, Marion and Scholz, Christopher and Kranaster, Petra and Gutbier, Simon and Klima, Stefanie and Kolb, David and Dietz, Christian and Trefzer, Timo and Berthold, Michael R. and Waldmann, Tanja and Leist, Marcel} }

Scholz, Christopher Scholz, Christopher Gutbier, Simon Holzer, Anna-Katharina Leist, Marcel Kranaster, Petra The first in vitro tests for developmental toxicity made use of rodent cells. Newer teratology tests, e.g. developed during the ESNATS project, use human cells and measure mechanistic endpoints (such as transcriptome changes). However, the toxicological implications of mechanistic parameters are hard to judge, without functional/morphological endpoints. To address this issue, we developed a new version of the human stem cell-based test STOP-tox<sub>(UKN)</sub>. For this purpose, the capacity of the cells to self-organize to neural rosettes was assessed as functional endpoint: pluripotent stem cells were allowed to differentiate into neuroepithelial cells for 6 days in the presence or absence of toxicants. Then, both transcriptome changes were measured (standard STOP-tox(UKN)) and cells were allowed to form rosettes. After optimization of staining methods, an imaging algorithm for rosette quantification was implemented and used for an automated rosette formation assay (RoFA). Neural tube toxicants (like valproic acid), which are known to disturb human development at stages when rosette-forming cells are present, were used as positive controls. Established toxicants led to distinctly different tissue organization and differentiation stages. RoFA outcome and transcript changes largely correlated concerning (1) the concentration-dependence, (2) the time dependence, and (3) the set of positive hits identified amongst 24 potential toxicants. Using such comparative data, a prediction model for the RoFA was developed. The comparative analysis was also used to identify gene dysregulations that are particularly predictive for disturbed rosette formation. This ‘RoFA predictor gene set’ may be used for a simplified and less costly setup of the STOP-tox<sub>(UKN)</sub> assay. Waldmann, Tanja Berthold, Michael R. Dreser, Nadine Kapitza, Marion Gutbier, Simon Klima, Stefanie 2019-11-12T14:52:01Z Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances Berthold, Michael R. Holzer, Anna-Katharina Trefzer, Timo Dietz, Christian Kapitza, Marion Waldmann, Tanja Dreser, Nadine Klima, Stefanie eng 2019-11-12T14:52:01Z Kranaster, Petra terms-of-use 2020-01 Leist, Marcel Kolb, David Dietz, Christian Kolb, David Trefzer, Timo

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