Skin Sensitisation

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IN VITRO AND IN CHEMICO METHODS FOR PREDICTING SKIN SENSITISATION

The Adverse Outcome Pathway for Skin Sensitisation Initiated by Covalent Binding to Proteins

METHODPRINCIPLE OF THE TESTAPPLICABILITY DOMAINGHS CATEGORISATION
OECD Guideline 497: Defined
Approaches on Skin Sensitisation
This guideline describes approaches to combining methods for evaluating skin sensitisation hazard potential based on the skin sensitisation adverse outcome pathway (AOP). The “2 out of 3” defined approach combines results from the DPRA, KeratinoSens™, and/or h-CLAT and provides sufficient information for hazard identification. The integrated testing strategies (ITSv1 and ITSv2) collate information from DPRA and h-CLAT assays, along with in silico predictions, to predict hazard and potency.The applicability domain is defined by the assays used in the testing approach.“2 out of 3” DA: GHS Cat 1 and No Cat
ITSv1 and ITSv2: GHS Cat 1A, Cat 1B, and No Cat
OECD TG 442c: In Chemico Skin Sensitisation – Assays Addressing the AOP Key Event on Covalent Binding to ProteinsThe direct peptide reactivity assay (DPRA) and the amino acid derivative reactivity assay (ADRA) are in chemico methods that address the molecular initiating event of the skin sensitisation AOP by quantifying the depletion of synthetic cysteine- or lysine-containing peptides, in the case of the DPRA, and the cysteine derivative N-(2-(1-naphthyl)acetyl)-L-cysteine (NAC) or the lysine derivative α-N-(2-(1-naphthyl)acetyl)-L-lysine (NAL), in the case of the ADRA, following 24-hour exposure to the test chemical using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with an ultraviolet detector. Cysteine and lysine peptide or derivative percentage depletion values are calculated and used in prediction models, which are used to discriminate between skin sensitisers and non-sensitisers.These tests are applicable to chemicals that are soluble in a suitable solvent, e.g. acetonitrile, water, isopropanol, and acetone. They can be used for mixtures of known substances but not of unknown substances. They cannot be used for metals, because they are known to react with proteins via mechanisms other than covalent binding, and they cannot be used for complex reaction products or biological materials. Chemicals that require enzymatic bioactivation to exert their skin sensitization potential also cannot be detected.To support discrimination between skin sensitisers (GHS Cat 1) and non-sensitisers in the context of integrated approaches to testing and assessment (IATA)
OECD TG 442d: In Vitro Skin Sensitisation – Assays Addressing the AOP Key Event on Keratinocyte ActivationThe KeratinoSens™ and LuSens methods address the second key event in the skin sensitisation AOP using an immortalised adherent cell line derived from human keratinocytes stably transfected with a selectable plasmid. The cell line contains the luciferase gene under the transcriptional control of a constitutive promoter fused with an antioxidant/electrophile response element from a gene that is known to be upregulated by contact sensitisers. This allows for quantitative measurement (by luminescence detection) of luciferase gene induction.These tests are applicable to chemicals that are soluble or form a stable dispersion in water or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). They can be used for testing multi constituent substances and mixtures. Highly cytotoxic test chemicals or test chemicals that interfere with the luciferase enzyme cannot always be reliably assessed.To support discrimination between skin sensitisers (GHS Cat 1) and non-sensitisers in the context of IATA
OECD TG 442e: In Vitro Skin
Sensitisation – Assays Addressing the AOP Key Event on Activation of Dendritic Cells
The h-CLAT addresses the third key event in the skin sensitisation AOP, in which immature DCs become activated in response to a sensitiser, after which they move to the lymph nodes and undergo a maturation process; CD86 and CD54 upregulation is a sign of this maturation. This test measures expression of CD86 and CD54 in THP-1 cells (human monocytic leukaemia cell line) following 24-hour exposure to the test chemical, via fl ow cytometry following cell staining with fluorescently labelled antibodies.

The U-SENS™ method addresses the third key event in the skin sensitisation AOP by quantifying changes in CD86 expression in the human histiocytic lymphoma cell line, U937. CD86 is a cell surface marker associated with the activation of monocytes and DCs in U937 cells following exposure to skin sensitisers. After a 45-hour exposure to the test chemical, CD86 expression is measured via flow cytometry following cell staining with fluorescently labelled antibodies.

The IL-8 Luc assay addresses the third key event in the skin sensitisation AOP using the THP-G8 cell line. THP-G8 cells are derived from the human acute monocytic leukaemia cell line, THP-1, and contain a luciferase gene under the control of the IL-8 promoter. IL-8 is a cytokine associated with the activation of DCs, and this assay allows for the quantitative measurement of luciferase gene induction as an indicator of IL-8 activity.
The h-CLAT is applicable to chemicals that are soluble or form a stable dispersion in saline, medium, or DMSO. It can be used for testing multi-constituent substances and mixtures. In cases in which a strongly fluorescent test chemical emits at the same wavelength as fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) or as propidium iodide (PI), another fluorochrome-tagged antibody should be used.

The U-SENS™ method is applicable to chemicals that are soluble or form a stable dispersion in an appropriate solvent. It can be used for testing multi-constituent substances and mixtures. Positive results for surfactants should be considered with caution. In cases in which a strongly fluorescent test chemical emits at the same wavelength as FITC or as PI, another fluorochrome-tagged antibody should be used.

The IL-8 Luc assay is applicable to chemicals that are soluble in X-VIVO™ 15 (Lonza) or other solvents, provided there is sufficient scientific rationale. It can be used for testing multi-constituent substances and mixtures. Negative results for respiratory sensitisers should be interpreted with caution. It cannot be used for detergents.
To support discrimination between skin sensitisers (GHS Cat 1) and non-sensitisers in the context of IATA

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