Core B is the Cell Culture and Small Animal Scientific Core whose goals are to provide Program Investigators with complete cell culture and cell isolation services (Cell Culture component) and a variety of small animal and microbiological services (Small Animal component) that facilitate the completion of their Specific Aims. To accomplish these goals, Core B will be centering its activities into three principal areas: Service component: Core B will facilitate the performance of each project by centralizing cell processing including isolation, characterization, and distribution of pulmonary endothelial cells (PAECs), microvascular endothelial cells (PMVECs), and pulmonary vein endothelial cells (PVECs) from wild type and genetically modified rats and mice, and by providing consultation and training in cell isolation and culture. Core B will facilitate the performance of each project by centralizing animal care including maintenance of mouse and rat colonies (breeding and colony expansion) of animals harboring genetic mutations, by maintaining bacterial stocks of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and by generating P. aeruginosa-induced lung injury in rats and mice. Academic component: Throughout previous funding cycles, Core B has adapted to the ever-changing needs of the Projects by generating new reagents (e.g. providing pulmonary endothelial cells from genetically modified rats and mice) or platforms (e.g. providing an experimental rodent model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa-induced pneumonia and sepsis). During the current cycle, the Core has developed a novel experimental platform -Monolayer Stress Microscopy- to assess endothelial cell mechanics via visualization of forces occurring among cells and their subjacent substrate. In addition, the Core has generated mouse and rat decellularized lung bio-scaffolds that will serve as a platform for examining endothelial cell heterogeneity. Synergy with Projects and Scientific Cores: In collaboration with Core D (BioImaging and BioTechnology Implementation Core), pulmonary endothelial cells and isolated lung tissues will be provided for 3D, 4D, and 5D imaging analyses. Scientifically, the analysis of monolayer mechanical forces and the generation of lung scaffolds will become fundamental for data- and hypothesis- generation by providing innovative platforms to all Projects and Cores. In this capacity, scaffolds repopulated with genetically modified cells (provided from Core C) will be imaged using the novel approaches developed by Core D and the newly-acquired information will be disseminated in coordination with Core A (administrative Core).

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Type
Research Program Projects (P01)
Project #
2P01HL066299-16A1
Application #
9416706
Study Section
Heart, Lung, and Blood Initial Review Group (HLBP)
Program Officer
Xiao, Lei
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2017-09-01
Budget End
2018-08-31
Support Year
16
Fiscal Year
2018
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
University of South Alabama
Department
Type
DUNS #
172750234
City
Mobile
State
AL
Country
United States
Zip Code
36688
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