Functionally Immortalized

Alveolar Epithelial Cells

Studying the absorption and toxicity of inhaled drugs or chemicals requires a model reflecting the essential features of the air-blood barrier. For this purpose, InSCREENeX developed a novel alveolar type I cell line using the CI-SCREEN technology (recently published in Nature Communications; Lipps et al., 2018). In a joint collaboration project between the groups from Prof. Dr. Claus-Michael Lehr (Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Prof. Dr. Dagmar Wirth (Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and InSCREENeX the CI-hAELVi cell line was established and extensively characterized. This work is highlighted in the peer-reviewed paper published by Kuehn et al., 2016.

Specifications of CI-hAELVi

  • Characteristic expression of epithelial cell markers (e.g. Occludin, ZO-1)
  • Type-I-like properties (expression of Caveolin-1, absence of surfactant Prot C)
  • Growth in liquid-liquid as well as air-liquid conditions
  • Tight intercellular junctions and formation of desmosomes
  • Low permeability
  • Transepithelial Electrical Resistance (TEER)-formation
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Human Alveolar Epithelial cells
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Related Protocols for Cultivation of CI-hAELVi


  • Co-culture of human alveolar epithelial (hAELVi) and macrophage (THP-1) cell lines. Kletting S et al., ALTEX. 2017;34(4). doi: 10.14573/altex.1607191. Epub 2017 Nov 23 [link].
  • Human Alveolar Epithelial Cells Expressing Tight Junctions to Model the Air-Blood Barrier. Kuehn A et al., ALTEX. 2016; 33(3):251-60 [link].

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