Generation of proximal tubule spheroids for nephrotoxicity assessment

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Generation of proximal tubule spheroids for nephrotoxicity assessment
Dae Hun Kim; Jung Hwa LimCho-Rok JungHyun Mi Kang
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Organoid, vol. e, pp. e30-e30
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Background: To date, nephrotoxicity in new drug development has been evaluated through two-dimensional culture of representative cell lines, such as HK-2 and human proximal tubule epithelial cells (hPTECs). Approximately 20% of new drugs that were safe in preclinical studies were withdrawn from clinical trials due to nephrotoxicity, which means the current renal cell lines used in preclinical trials have limitations for the accurate detection of nephrotoxicity. Methods and Results: Here, we established proximal tubule cell lines from immortalized mixed primary renal cells and generated functional proximal tubule cell spheroids, which expressed all apical basolateral transporters and showed epithelial polarity. Moreover, they showed a more sensitive drug response than hPTECs, which have been commonly used as in vitro kidney models. Conclusion: Taken together, the proximal tubule cells described in this study provide a more stable, reproducible, and accurate in vitro kidney model for predicting nephrotoxicity, which could help early compound development.
Proximal tubule cellsIn vitro kidney modelNephrotoxicityKidney spheroids
Korea Soc-Assoc-Inst
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