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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, 2019. Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances. In: Archives of Toxicology. ISSN 0340-5761. eISSN 1432-0738. Available under: doi: 10.1007/s00204-019-02612-5

@article{Dreser2019-11-11Devel-47463, title={Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances}, year={2019}, doi={10.1007/s00204-019-02612-5}, issn={0340-5761}, journal={Archives of Toxicology}, 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} }

Holzer, Anna-Katharina Berthold, Michael R. Leist, Marcel 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. Dreser, Nadine Dietz, Christian Kranaster, Petra Leist, Marcel Development of a neural rosette formation assay (RoFA) to identify neurodevelopmental toxicants and to characterize their transcriptome disturbances 2019-11-12T14:52:01Z Kolb, David Kapitza, Marion Gutbier, Simon Waldmann, Tanja Waldmann, Tanja Kolb, David Kapitza, Marion Berthold, Michael R. Scholz, Christopher Klima, Stefanie Holzer, Anna-Katharina 2019-11-11 Klima, Stefanie Scholz, Christopher Dietz, Christian eng Dreser, Nadine Trefzer, Timo Gutbier, Simon Trefzer, Timo Kranaster, Petra 2019-11-12T14:52:01Z

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