Lung on Chip: In vitro HGF effects on injured alveolar A549 epithelial cells in microfluidic system

Felder, Marcel; Sallin, Pauline; Barbe, Laurent; Gazdhar, Amiq; Geiser, Thomas; Guenat, Olivier Thierry (2011). Lung on Chip: In vitro HGF effects on injured alveolar A549 epithelial cells in microfluidic system. European respiratory journal, 38(Suppl 55), P4585. European Respiratory Society

Microfluidic systems have become competitive tools in the invitro modelling of diseases and promising alternatives to animal studies. They allow obtaining more invivo like conditions for cellular assays. Research in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis could benefit from this novel methodological approach to understand the pathophysiology of the disease & develop efficient therapies. The use of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) for alveolar reepithelisation is a promising approach. In this study, we show a new microfluidic system to analyse the effects of HGF on injured alveolar epithelial cells. Microfluidic systems in polydimethylsiloxane were fabricated by soft lithography. The alveolar A549 epithelial cells (10,000 cells) were seeded and studied in these microfluidic systems with media perfusion (1μl/30min). Injury tests were made on the cells by the perfusion with media containing H2O2 or bleomycin. The degree of injury was then assessed by a metabolic and an apoptotic assays. Wound assays were also performed with a central laminar flow of trypsin. Monitoring of wound closure with HGF vs control media was assessed. The alveolar A549 epithelial cells grew and proliferated in the microfluidic system. In the wound closure assay, the degree of wound closure after 5 hours was (53.3±1.3%) with HGF compared to (9.8±2.4%) without HGF (P <0.001). We present a novel microfluidic model that allows culture, injury and wounding of A549 epithelial cells and represents the first step towards the development of an invitro reconstitution of the alveolar-capillary interface. We were also able to confirm that HGF increased alveolar epithelial repair in this system.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gastro-intestinal, Liver and Lung Disorders (DMLL) > Clinic of Pneumology
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Organs-on Chip Technologies

UniBE Contributor:

Felder, Marcel Christian, Sallin, Pauline, Gazdhar, Amiq, Geiser, Thomas (A), Guenat, Olivier Thierry


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




European Respiratory Society




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04 Oct 2013 14:32

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29 Mar 2023 23:32

URI: (FactScience: 218588)

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