SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 Research
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To increase translatability of in vitro COVID research, researchers must correct the discrepancy between oxygen conditions routinely provided for cell-based assays (room air) and O2 levels actually measured within the human body. In healthy pulmonary alveoli, oxygen levels are reported at around 12% O2. In pulmonary blood, oxygen tensions exist over the range: 5-12% O2. In pathologic situations such as COVID, where air exchange is compromised due to pneumonia or ARDS, tissue oxygen levels will be far lower. Both physiologic oxygen (physioxia) and pathophysiologic hypoxia occur at levels far below those assessed for room air (21% O2).
Why cell culture O2 levels impact COVID data relevance:
- ACE2 Expression is modified by in vitro Oxygen Levels and HIF-1a
- Cytokine Storm Interleukins, like IL-1 and IL-6, are regulated by Hypoxia and HIF Signaling
- Room Air Oxygen adds Artifact to in vitro Toxicity Assays in Airway Cells
- In vitro O2 Levels affect Oxidative Stress Response to common COVID Treatments like Acetaminophen
To complement cell-based research, scientists use animal models to gain further insight. In vivo hypoxic (or hyperoxic) exposures help provide understanding about coronavirus disease progression or to simulate ventilator-induced injury. Therapeutic models with nitric oxide and carbon dioxide (hypercapnia) are useful for exploring potential COVID-19 treatment options.
Better physiologic simulation always results in better data.
The ProOx C21 & C-Chamber system permits researchers to control static levels of O2/CO2 in subchambers that insert within existing cell culture incubators. Use two or more ProOx C21 & C-Chamber subchamber systems in a single incubator for comparison studies at multiple oxygen levels.
OxyCycler C42 & C-Chamber
Carry out cell-based models of dynamic hypoxia (or hyperoxia) with OxyCycler C42 & C-Chamber system in any existing CO2 incubator. Configure OxyCycler C42 & C-Chamber with up to two incubator subchambers for different O2 experiments at the same time.
The Xvivo System X2 combines bio-containment with simultaneous control of physiological or pathophysiologic conditions throughout your entire cell workflow. Protect people from infectious pathogens while also protecting in vitro assays from environmental disruptions that routinely occur in biosafety facilities where CO2 incubators open/close to room air and samples are transported to/from BSCs. Xvivo System X2 operates independent of facility HVAC and provides uninterrupted control of O2, CO2, Temp, pH, and RH through interconnecting incubators and cabinets that exhaust to a controlled remote destination.