01/01/2015 - Reviews

Pre-Plated Cell Lines for ADMETox Applications in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Torres FM, Safar Z, Vazquez-Sanchez MA, Kurunczi A, Kis E, Magnan R, Jani M, Nicolas JO, Krajcsi P. CURR PROTOC TOXICOL. 2015 65:23 8 1-. doi: 10.1002/0471140856.tx2308s65. PubMed PMID: 26250397.


Membrane transporters significantly modulate membrane permeability of endobiotics and xenobiotics, such as bile acids and drugs, respectively. Various in vitro methods have been established for both ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters to examine cellular efflux and uptake, and for solute carriers (SLC) to examine cellular uptake of substrates. Cell-based systems are the models of choice to test drug-transporter interactions as well as drug-drug interactions for research and regulatory purposes, albeit, for low passive permeability substrates of ABC transporters, vesicular uptake assays are also recommended. Commercially available pre-plated cells (e.g., immortalized or transfected) offer a useful alternative to in-house cell culture. Three main methods are known to manufacture pre-plated cultures: regular culture medium with vacuum seal, cryopreserved delivery, and the solid shipping media technology. The regular culture medium and the solid shipping media technologies provide ready-to-use models for end users. Models expressing a broad selection of transporters are available in pre-plated formats for absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and toxicity (ADMETox) studies. Conversely, the application and utility of pre-plated cultures coupled with personal experiences have not been extensively covered in published research papers or reviews, despite availability and significant use of pre-plated products in the pharmaceutical industry. In this overview, we will briefly describe: 1) in vitro tools commonly used for ADMETox testing; 2) methods employed in manufacturing, shipment and preparation of pre-plated cell lines; 3) cell-membrane barrier models currently available in pre-plated format to reproduce passage restriction of physiological barriers to certain compounds; and 4) recommended pre-plated cell lines overexpressing uptake transporters for ADMETox applications.

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