Human Renal Proximal Tubule Epithelial Cells (RPTEC/TERT1) Modified to Express Drug Transporters

A New Model for Toxicity Studies

10/19/2017


Abstract:

Kidney membrane transporters are key to drug disposition and renal clearance. Primary renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTEC) are the most physiologically relevant cell models, but lose OAT1 and OCT2 expression in culture. Primary RPTEC transiently expressing these transporters show large variations between production lots. Furthermore, cell line-based models either do not have the kidney tissue origination or are tumor-derived. This presentation will introduce transporter cell models using hTERT-immortalized RPTEC that stably overexpress the OAT1 or OCT2 gene. Our data show that these cell lines provide tissue-relevant results, improved consistency over time, and predictability for clinical trials.

Key Points:

  • There is a lack of in vitro models that durably and correctly recapitulate kidney physiology
  • ATCC has created kidney cell models using hTERT-immortalized RPTEC that stably overexpress the OAT1 or OCT2 gene
  • hTERT-immortalized RPTEC provide kidney tissue-related results, improved consistency over time, and predictability for clinical trials

Presenters

Chaozhong Zou, PhD

Chaozhong Zou, Ph.D.,
Senior Scientist, ATCC Cell Systems

Dr. Chaozhong Zou is a Senior Scientist and the Group Leader of the Immortalized Cells group at ATCC Cell Systems. Dr. Zou has extensive experience in cell-related product development such as immortalized cell lines, stable reporter cell lines, and cell-based assays development. Dr. Zou was a research scientist at NorthShore University HealthSystem, University of Chicago Medical School and conducted postdoctoral research at Northwestern University and Tufts University.