Using an in vitro human airway model to study the toxic effects of components of e-cigarettes

Pranav Vasanthi Narayanan, L.J. Leslie, L.J. Marshall

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Cigarette smoke is a complex mixture of more than 4000 hazardous chemicals including the carcinogenic benzopyrenes. Nicotine, the most potent component of tobacco, is responsible for the addictive nature of cigarettes and is a major component of e-cigarette cartridges.
Our study aims to investigate the toxicity of nicotine with special emphasis on the replacement of animals. Furthermore, we intend to study the effect of nicotine, cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapours on human airways. In our current work, the BEAS 2B human bronchial epithelial cell line was used to analyse the effect of nicotine in isolation, on cell viability. Concentrations of nicotine from 1.1µM to 75µM were added to 5x105 cells per well in a 96 well plate and incubated for 24 hours.
Cell titre blue results showed that all the nicotine treated cells were more metabolically active than the control wells (cells alone). These data indicate that, under these conditions, nicotine does not affect cell viability and in fact, suggests that there is a stimulatory effect of nicotine on metabolism. We are now furthering this finding by investigating the pro-inflammatory response of these cells to nicotine by measuring cytokine secretion via ELISA.
Further work includes analysing nicotine exposure at different time points and on other epithelial cells lines like Calu-3.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2014
EventAnimal Replacement Science 2014 - Charles Darwin House, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Nov 2014 → …


ConferenceAnimal Replacement Science 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period27/11/14 → …
OtherImproving relevance to human disease – challenges, innovations and applications


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