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Time-Resolved Pharmacological Studies using Automated, Online Monitoring of Five Parallel Suspension Cultures

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posted on 2023-05-19, 11:14 authored by Alhusban, A, Michael BreadmoreMichael Breadmore, Nuri GuvenNuri Guven, Rosanne Guijt
Early stage pharmacological studies rely on in vitromethodologies for screening and testing compounds. Conventional assays based on endpoint measurements provide limited information because the lack in temporal resolution may not determine the pharmacological efect at its maximum. We developed an on-line, automated system for near real-time monitoring of extracellular content from fve parallel suspension cultures, combining cell density measurements with a high-resolution separations every 12 minutes for 4 days. Selector and switching valves provide the fluidic control required to sample from one culture during the analysis of the previous sample from another culture, a time-saving measure that is fundamental to the throughput of the presented system. The system was applied to study the metabolic efects of the drugs rotenone, β-lapachone and clioquinol using lactate as metabolic indicator. For each drug, 96 assays were executed on the extracellular matrix at three concentrations with two controls in parallel, consuming only 5.78mL of media from each culture over four days, less than 60μL per analysis. The automated system provides high sample throughput, good temporal resolution and low sample consumption combined with a rugged analytical method with adequate sensitivity, providing a promising new platform for pharmacological and biotechnological studies.


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Scientific Reports








School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology


Nature Publishing Group

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United Kingdom

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