Human Peripheral Blood Monocyte Derived Dendritic Cells Assay for the Detection and Characterization of Sensitizers

  • Andreas SchepkyEmail author
  • Hendrik Reuter
  • Jochen Kühnl
  • Pierre Aeby


The human peripheral blood monocyte derived dendritic cells (PBMDCs) assay is an optimized test protocol for the detection and characterization of the sensitizing properties of chemicals. Using primary cells of human origin as a test system, it delivers additional and/or confirmatory information relevant to the human in vivo situation when integrated in a test strategy. The reproducibility and predictivity of the PBMDC assay have been evaluated with multiple chemical test sets and during a ring study organized with five laboratories. Additionally, the PBMDC participated in a systematic and comparative evaluation of various in vitro test methods for skin sensitization safety assessment. The assay was shown to be robust and transferable and it delivered results that compared very well with corresponding human sensitization data of chemicals including pro-haptens. It should be regarded as a primary source of information concerning the DC activation properties of the tested molecule or as an addition and/or a confirmation to the results already obtained with a cell line based test system.


Skin sensitization In vitro Dendritic cells Human 



We thank Silke Gerlach and Jochem Spieker for excellent technical assistance and valuable intellectual contributions in the course of assay development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Schepky
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hendrik Reuter
    • 1
  • Jochen Kühnl
    • 1
  • Pierre Aeby
    • 2
  1. 1.Beiersdorf AGHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Independant ConsultantMarlySwitzerland

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