The joint study done by the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and Rousselot Biomedical investigated for the first time the impact of endotoxins on 3D breast tumour-immune cancer models
Darling Ingredients’ health brand Rousselot has revealed the findings of a new study on the utilisation of purified gelatin biomaterials for 3D in vitro models.
The study found that the biomaterials can significantly enhance the reliability and reproducibility in these models, creating new possibilities for replacing preclinical animal trials.
“This study revealed that 3D models of novel breast cancer immunotherapies display clear therapeutic efficacy differences depending on the level of endotoxins in gelatins and methacryloyl gelatins (GelMA) used in in vitro systems,” said Dr Kathleen Jacobs, Global Regulatory Affairs Director, Rousselot. “Biomaterials with low endotoxin content could lead to a more accurate representation of the safety and potency of novel therapeutics. This can improve the validity of 3D in vitro models and help to reduce animal testing.”
The joint study done by the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and Rousselot Biomedical investigated for the first time the impact of endotoxins on 3D breast tumour-immune cancer models. The research compared 3D models using standard gelatins and GelMAs or Rousselot’s X-PURE gelatin and X-PURE GelMA – purified biomaterials with low endotoxin levels (<10 EU/g).
The study demonstrated that endotoxin levels had a marked effect on the validity of the 3D-printed model in three aspects:
Illustration shows how the presence of endotoxins impacts the credibility of 3D models. This figure is a modified version of the original graphic in Heinrich, M. A., Heinrich, L., Ankone, M. J. K., Vergauwen, B., & Prakash, J. (2023).
Recent changes in European Union and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) legislation, combined with increased ethical considerations and efficacy demands, are driving the rapid replacement of pre-clinical animal trials with 3D biofabrication models.
Dr Bjorn Vergauwen, Scientific Director, Product and Process Development, Rousselot concluded: “The use of purified biomaterials such as Rousselot’s X-Pure or X-Pure GelMA in in vitro 3D models is critical in producing a biologically relevant environment, while also helping to reduce the costs, time and ethical concerns associated with drug development.”