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Toxicity to reproduction

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toxicity to reproduction
other: reproductive toxicity study
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
2 (reliable with restrictions)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
data from handbook or collection of data
Justification for type of information:
Data is from handbook or collection of data.

Data source

Reference Type:
Effects of Test chemical on Male Rat: Augmentation of Androgen Action
Duleba et al.
Bibliographic source:
Reproductive Sciences 18(2) 119-127

Materials and methods

Test guideline
no guideline available
Principles of method if other than guideline:
A reproductive toxicity study to investigate the effect of the test chemical in Sprague-Dawley rats.
GLP compliance:
Limit test:

Test material

Constituent 1
Chemical structure
Reference substance name:
EC Number:
EC Name:
Cas Number:
Molecular formula:
Test material form:
other: Solid
Details on test material:
- Name of test material (as cited in study report): Triclocarban (TCC)
- Molecular formula (if other than submission substance): C13H9Cl3N2O
- Molecular weight (if other than submission substance): 315.58 g/mol
- Substance type: Organic
- Physical state:
- Purity: 99.3%
- Impurities (identity and concentrations): 0.7% (identity of impurities unknown)
- Analytical purity: 99.3%
- Impurities (identity and concentrations): 0.7% (identity of impurities unknown)
- Composition of test material, percentage of components:NA
- Purity test date:NA
- Lot/batch No.:NA
- Expiration date of the lot/batch:NA
- Isomers composition:NA
- Other:NA

Test animals

Details on test animals or test system and environmental conditions:
Details on test animal

- Source: No data available
- Age at study initiation: 48-52 days
- Weight at study initiation: 223.2±14.9 to 226.7±20.9
- Fasting period before study: No data available
- Housing: No data available
- Diet (e.g. ad libitum): Standard rat chow
- Water (e.g. ad libitum): No data available
- Acclimtization period: No data available

- Temperature (°C): No data available
- Humidity (%):No data available
- Air changes (per hr): No data available
- Photoperiod (hrs dark / hrs light): No data available

Administration / exposure

Route of administration:
oral: feed
Type of inhalation exposure (if applicable):
not specified
other: Standard rat chow
Details on exposure:
Details on exposure

- Rate of preparation of diet (frequency): No data available
- Mixing appropriate amounts with (Type of food): Standard rat chow
- Storage temperature of food: No data available

- Justification for use and choice of vehicle (if other than water): Standard rat chow
- Concentration in vehicle: 0 or 0.25% per day
- Amount of vehicle (if gavage): No data available
- Lot/batch no. (if required): No data available
- Purity: No data available
Details on mating procedure:
- M/F ratio per cage: Not available
- Length of cohabitation: Not available
- Proof of pregnancy: [vaginal plug / sperm in vaginal smear] referred to as [day 0 / day 1] of pregnancy Not available
- After … days of unsuccessful pairing replacement of first male by another male with proven fertility. Not available
- Further matings after two unsuccessful attempts: [no / yes (explain)] Not available
- After successful mating each pregnant female was caged (how): Not available
- Any other deviations from standard protocol: Not available
Analytical verification of doses or concentrations:
not specified
Details on analytical verification of doses or concentrations:
No Data
Duration of treatment / exposure:
10 days
Frequency of treatment:
Details on study schedule:
No data available
Doses / concentrations
Doses / Concentrations:
0 or 0.25% per day
nominal in diet
No. of animals per sex per dose:
Control: 12 animals
0.25% per day: 12 animals
Control animals:
yes, concurrent vehicle
Details on study design:
No of animals: Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats
Details of controls: 12 rats
- Dose selection rationale: The dose of the test chemical was based on our previous in vitro work and previous study evaluating effects of oral exposure to the test chemical in castrated animals.
- Rationale for animal assignment (if not random): Twenty-four Sprague-Dawley rats (at the age of 48-52 days) were randomly assigned to 2 treatment groups, each consisting of 12 animals: control group (standard diet) and the test chemical group (0.25% TCC by weight in diet of standard rat chow).
- Fasting period before blood sampling for clinical biochemistry: No Data Available
- Other: No Data Available
Positive control:
No data


Parental animals: Observations and examinations:
Blood was collected by cardiac puncture prior to euthanasia.
Oestrous cyclicity (parental animals):
No data available
Sperm parameters (parental animals):
No data available
Litter observations:
No data available
Postmortem examinations (parental animals):
Liver, kidney, adrenal glands, testes, levator ani-bulbocavernosus muscle (LABC), glans penis, ventral prostate, and seminal vesicles were surgically removed and weighed.

Organs of half of the animals from each group were fixed and assessed histologically. Organs of the other half of the animals were freeze-dried, weighed, and protein and DNA content determined.

Histoloy and Immunohistochemicstry Protein and DNA determinations were performed, and in the serum levels of luteinizing hormone was measured and a T assay was conducted. From the serum the detection and quantification of TCC was also measured and recorded.
Postmortem examinations (offspring):
No data available
All data were expressed as mean+SE. Data were analyzed, as appropriate, either by Student t test or, in the absence of normal distribution, by Wilcoxon rank-sum test using JMP statistical package for Macintosh computer.
Reproductive indices:
No data available
Offspring viability indices:
No data available

Results and discussion

Results: P0 (first parental generation)

General toxicity (P0)

Clinical signs:
not specified
Dermal irritation (if dermal study):
not specified
not specified
Body weight and weight changes:
effects observed, treatment-related
Description (incidence and severity):
Pretreatment body weights were comparable in both groups; however, during the 10-day course of the study, animals exposed to the treatment gained significantly more weight than control animals (on average, 85.6 vs 67.0 g). This resulted in an average 5.1% greater terminal weight in the treatment group.
Food consumption and compound intake (if feeding study):
not specified
Food efficiency:
not specified
Water consumption and compound intake (if drinking water study):
not specified
Ophthalmological findings:
not specified
Haematological findings:
not specified
Clinical biochemistry findings:
not specified
Urinalysis findings:
not specified
Behaviour (functional findings):
not specified
Immunological findings:
not specified
Organ weight findings including organ / body weight ratios:
effects observed, treatment-related
Histopathological findings: non-neoplastic:
no effects observed
Description (incidence and severity):
There were no visible abnormalities of any of the accessory sex glands, penis or testes, in treated animals and no histologically distinguishable difference between specimens from the control and treated animals. The vesicular glands were variably distended with fluid, the epithelium was simple or pseudostratified and thrown into numerous, complex, primary and secondary folds extending into and sometimes obliterating the lumen. Lobes were surrounded by connective tissue and a thick layer of smooth muscle but appeared similar in treated and control tissues. The acini of the prostate gland were also distended, lined by a simple epithelium, and surrounded by a thin connective tissue and smooth muscle layer.
Histopathological findings: neoplastic:
not specified
Other effects:
no effects observed
Description (incidence and severity):
Lutenizing Hormones: No significant differences in either of circulating LH were noted between treated and control groups.
Effect of the test chemical on Androgen Induced Transcriptional Activity in Human Prostate Cell: Testosterone and DHT treatments induced luciferase activity in LNCaP cells transfected with probasin or simple ARE promoters. Cotreatment of androgen with the test chemical (1.0 nmol/L) further increased luciferase activity by 221% (Probasin promoter) and 175% (ARE promoter) in LNCaP cells compared to androgen treatment alone (P < .01,). Similarly, in C4–2B cells, the test chemical further potentiated androgen-induced luciferase activity by 25.9% (Probasin promoter) and 38.5% (ARE promoter), compared to androgen treatment alone, although the amplification was less substantial than that observed in LNCaP cells, which have higher expression of AR (P < .05). In both cell lines, the amplification enhanced by the test chemical was significantly suppressed by the strong AR binding inhibitor, bicalutamide.

Reproductive function / performance (P0)

Reproductive function: oestrous cycle:
not specified
Reproductive function: sperm measures:
not specified
Reproductive performance:
not specified

Effect levels (P0)

Dose descriptor:
Effect level:
250 mg/kg bw/day (nominal)
Based on:
test mat.
Basis for effect level:
other: Increased body weight and organ enlargement.
Remarks on result:
other: Not Specified

Target system / organ toxicity (P0)

Critical effects observed:
Lowest effective dose / conc.:
2 500 ppm
male reproductive system
Levatorani plus bulbocavernous muscle complex
seminal vesicle
seminiferous tubules
ventral prostate gland
Treatment related:
Dose response relationship:
Relevant for humans:
not specified

Results: F1 generation

General toxicity (F1)

Sexual maturation:
not specified

Effect levels (F1)

Remarks on result:
not measured/tested

Overall reproductive toxicity

Reproductive effects observed:
not specified
Treatment related:
not specified

Applicant's summary and conclusion

Based on all the observations and conclusions, the LOAEL was considered to be 0.25% per day i.e. 250 mg/kg /day when male rats were exposed to test chemical.
Executive summary:

In a reproductive toxicity study, the effect of the test chemical was evaluated in male Sprague-Dawley rats for 10 days. The seven-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats received either a normal diet or a diet supplemented with the test chemical (0.25% in diet). No mortalities were observed in the males. All organs were weighed at time of sacrifice before being subjected to microscopic examination or analysis for protein and DNA contents. Terminal mean body weight was 5.1% higher in the treated group compared to the control group. Food intake was not measured. Absolute liver weight was significantly increased in the 2500 ppm treatment group compared to the control group. No statistically significant differences in absolute organ weights were observed for the kidneys, adrenal glands or testes. Accessory sex organs were significantly enlarged in the 2500 ppm treatment group, with seminal vesicles weighing 42% more, ventral prostate 37% more, LABC 136% more, and glans penis 35% more. Protein and DNA contents in ventral prostrate, LABC muscle and glans penis were significantly elevated in the 2500 ppm treatment group. There were no gross abnormalities of any of the accessory sex glands, testes or penis among the treated animals. Histologically, all tissues appeared normal and there were no consistent histological differences between the two groups.