Wednesday, March 26, 2014

hN2 Primary Human Neurons and Toxicity Assays

Neuromics' hN2 Cells Continue to Shine

I previously posted our Human hN2 Neurons being used for studying the mechanisms of  Nerve Agent VX: hN2 Human Neurons for Toxicity Screening. The versatility of these neurons enabled the researchers to perform a microarray study in which cultured human neural cells were exposed to 0.1 or 10 μM of VX for 1 h. Global gene expression changes were analyzed 6, 24, and 72 h post exposure. Solid primary cell based assay results start with healthy and well behaving cells.

I am pleased to announce success in exposing the cells to a specific cytotoxicity inducing compound (small molecule): Mark RichardsChee Wee PhoonGwendoline Tze Wei GohEng Khuan SengXu Ming GuoCherine Mei Fong TanWoon-Khiong ChanJoel Mun Kin Lee. A New Class of Pluripotent Stem Cell Cytotoxic Small Molecules. Research Article | published 19 Mar 2014 | PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0085039.

Image: Cytotoxic agent used in dose-response curve

Figure: Dose response curves for 3 specialized somatic cell lines (MRC-5, human primary neurons and human neonatal cardiomyocytes) treated with JC011.

This curve illustrates the sensitivity of human neurons to toxic agents. 

We plan on continuing to use these and our hNP1 Human Neural Progenitors in kinetic, "in vivo like" assays. These assays will give quantitative data on both growth and differentiation inducing agents as well as specifics on how the cells behave when exposed to toxic agents. I will be posting results here.

This data should be of interested to neuro-disease/disorders basic and drug discovery researchers. We plan on making the assays available to researchers. We currently also do small molecule testing and gene expression analysis studies a CRO offering. To learn more, I can be reached at or 612-801-1007.

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