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Developing an efficient E-cigarette aerosol generation and exposure system for rodent models with aerosol characteristics equivalent to those inhaled by E-cigarette users

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41DA044788-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41DA044788
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NIDA
Solicitation Number: PA16-303
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-02-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-31
Small Business Information
812 PAGE ST
Berkeley, CA 94710-1427
United States
DUNS: 848031910
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 JOSEF KEWEKORDES
 (510) 845-6283
 jcordes@autom8.com
Business Contact
 JOSEF KEWEKORDES
Phone: (510) 845-6283
Email: jcordes@autom8.com
Research Institution
 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO
 
9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0934
LA JOLLA, CA 92093-0934
United States

 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

Abstract
E cigaretteE ciguse has rapidly proliferated worldwideIt is speculated that E cig use may exceed
conventional cigarette use withinyearsCigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and
disabilityAs E cigs are a relatively new productstudies are needed to determine their long term detrimental
effectssome of which may be similar to the long term detrimental effects of nicotineThe lack of an
appropriate method for E cig delivery to animals and lack of an appropriate animal model are major barriers of
the research fieldWe propose to develop a system designed for E cig exposure to rodent modelsWe
propose that E cig exposure using our system can generate clinically relevant animal models with nicotine
levels PK comparable to those of human E cig users for research of E cig effects on human healthand allow
investigators to uncover potential detrimental and beneficial effects related to E cigsAimTo design and
make a prototype for a product of efficient E cig aerosol generation and exposure system delivering Ecig aerosol to rodent sthrough inhalation with characteristics equivalent to those inhaled by human
E cig usersThis system includes hardware and software that control the number of E cigs and timing of
activation so as to regulate the dose of aerosol exposureThis device has variable E cig holders for different
sizes of E cigs available in the marketand generates aerosol for testing different brands of E cigs of
investigatorsandaposchoiceWe will characterize the E cig aerosol by measuring the aerosol particle size distribution
and mass concentration in the breathing zone of the rodent exposure chamber to verify that the aerosol
characteristics are equivalent to those in mainstream E cigs that human E cig smokers inhaleAimTo
validate this E cig aerosol generation and exposure system with acute and chronic animal experiments
to show that it produces E cig animal models with nicotine PK comparable to that in human E cig
usersWe will measure plasma nicotine and cotinine levels at a series of time points during and after rats or
mice are exposed to E cig aerosol in a free moving or nose only chamberWe will optimize the parameterse gnumber of E cigs and duration activatedof aerosol generation and exposure and determine if the
system can generate rodent models with the concentrations of nicotine and cotinine resembling that in human
ENDS users or other levels PK as investigators choose for their research purposesOur products will meet the
need of the E cig research community and greatly advance the field to enable testing potential toxicities of Ecig in animal modelsOur products will be a powerful tool for studying the effects of E cig smoking on
cardiovascularrespiratory and nervous systemson metabolismpregnancydevelopment as well as
teratogenicity and addiction of E cigsTherefore it will help inform regulators about the potential toxicity of Ecig productsWe planin a future phase II projectto develop a commercial product line of E cig generation
and exposure systems including E cig self administration for rodents Project Narrative
As E cigs are a relatively new productstudies are needed to determine their long term detrimental effects on
users while appropriate methods and devices for E cig exposure to animal models are lackingWe propose to
develop a system designed for E cig exposure to rodent modelsThis system can generate clinically relevant
animal models with nicotine levels pharmacokinetics comparable to those of human E cig users for research of
E cig effects on human healthand allow investigators to uncover potential detrimental and beneficial effects
related to E cigs

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