Effects of culture conditions on susceptibility of alveolar epithelial cell monolayers to NO2.Toxicol Lett. 1988 Mar; 40(3):247-55.TL
The effects of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exposure on primary cultured monolayers of rat type II pneumocytes were investigated as a function of the isolation and culture conditions. Monolayers were cultured in Eagle's minimum essential medium (MEM) and in MEM supplemented with Ham's F-12; in some experiments, the initial cell suspension was also replated after 3 h. Both supplementation of the basal medium and replating increased the sensitivity of the monolayers to NO2, as measured by reduction in dome formation of plastic dishes 24 h post-exposure. These findings suggest that comparisons of in vitro toxicologic observations may be complicated by the effects of specific experimental conditions.