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Genetic toxicity in vitro

Description of key information

No adverse effects were observed under the conditions of this study.

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in vitro gene mutation study in mammalian cells
Type of genotoxicity: gene mutation
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
15 February 2014 to 17 September 2014
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
guideline study
according to guideline
OECD Guideline 476 (In Vitro Mammalian Cell Gene Mutation Test)
Version / remarks:
adopted 21 July 1997
GLP compliance:
yes (incl. QA statement)
Type of assay:
mammalian cell gene mutation assay
Species / strain / cell type:
Chinese hamster Ovary (CHO)
Metabolic activation:
with and without
Metabolic activation system:
S9 mix (induced using Aroclor 1254)
Test concentrations with justification for top dose:
- Cytotoxicity Test: 156.25, 312.5, 625, 1250, 2500 and 5000 μg/mL in the absence and presence (2% v/v final concentration S9) of metabolic activation
- Mutagenicity Test (2 independent experiments in the absence and presence (2% v/v final concentration S9) of metabolic activation: Trial 1: 312.5, 625, 1250, 2500 and 5000 μg/ml, Trial 2 (confirmation test): 500, 1000, 2000 4000 and 5000 μg/ml.
Vehicle / solvent:
- Vehicle(s)/solvent(s) used: Sterile distilled water
- Justification for choice of solvent/vehicle: Epofloc L-1R was soluble in sterile distilled water at 500 mg/mL.
Untreated negative controls:
Sterile Distilled Water
Negative solvent / vehicle controls:
True negative controls:
Positive controls:
Positive control substance:
Ethyl Methanesulfonate (0.4 µL/mL final concentration in the absence of metabolic activation); Benzo(a)pyrene (6 µL/mL final concentration in the presence of metabolic activation).
Details on test system and experimental conditions:

- Preincubation period: approximately 24 hours prior to treatment
- Exposure duration: Mutagenicity Test Trial I: 3 hours 45 minutes; Trial II: 3 hours 45 minutes, both in the absence and presence (2% v/v final concentration S9) of metabolic activation
- Expression time (cells in growth medium): 7-9 days
- Fixation time (start of exposure up to fixation or harvest of cells): 16 days post treatment

SELECTION AGENT (mutation assays): 2-amino-6-mercaptopurine (6-thioguanine) at a final concentration of 5 µg/ml.

NUMBER OF REPLICATIONS: 2 per treatment concentration, positive and negative control.

NUMBER OF CELLS EVALUATED: 10000000 cells/culture for each treatment and negative and positive controls.

- Method: Other: assessed by calculating the percent relative cloning efficiency following treatment.

- Determination of polyploidy: No
- Determination of endoreplication: No
Evaluation criteria:
Epofloc L-1R was considered positive if the following criteria were met:
- A concentration-related biologically significant increase in mutant frequency in comparison with concurrent negative control and the test item caused a three-fold increase (Nestmann, E.R. et al., 1991) in the number of 6-thioguanine resistant colonies relative to concurrent negative control with statistically significant increases outside the laboratory historical negative control range.
- A net increase in mutant colonies of treated cultures above the concurrent control in at least two of the concentrations tested. Negative results were confirmed by a repeat test (short duration, 3 hour 45 mins), using same experimental conditions considering the toxicity pattern achieved in the trial I mutagenicity experiment.

The analytical acceptance criteria for the concentration of the test item in the vehicle was ± 20% deviation from nominal value and CV% < 10%.
Weighted regression analysis was performed to evaluate the dose response relationship (Li, A.P. et al., 1987; Hsie, A.W. et al., 1981) on Epofloc-L-1R treatment groups against negative control.
Key result
Species / strain:
Chinese hamster Ovary (CHO)
Metabolic activation:
with and without
Cytotoxicity / choice of top concentrations:
no cytotoxicity
No cytotoxicity of biological relevance at the limit concentration.
Vehicle controls validity:
not examined
Untreated negative controls validity:
Positive controls validity:
Additional information on results:
- No significant change in pH (± 1 pH unit) or osmolality (≥ 50 mOsm/kg H2O) was observed in culture medium at any tested concentration up to 5000 μg Epofloc-L-1R/ml in the absence or presence (2% v/v final concentration S9) of metabolic activation.
- Water solubility: Soluble in sterile distilled water at 500 mg/mL.
- Precipitation: None observed in culture medium up to 5000 μg Epofloc-L-1R/mL in either the absence or presence of metabolic activation.

RANGE-FINDING/SCREENING STUDIES: No significant reduction/toxicity in cell count was observed at the end of treatment in cultures treated at 5000 μg/mL both in the absence (relative cloning efficiency 86.82%) and presence (relative cloning efficiency 90.58%) of metabolic activation (2% v/v final volume S9) at 5000 μg/mL, the guideline limit dose. This was therefore the highest concentration tested in the absence and presence of metabolic activation for the main study.
Remarks on result:
other: all strains/cell types tested
Migrated from field 'Test system'.

The absolute cloning efficiency of the CHO-K1 cell line (negative control) was above 60% in both the trials. The spontaneous mutation level (negative control) was within the acceptable limit [less than 20 per 106 clonable cells (Li, A.P. et al., 1987)] in both the trials, validating the acceptability of the test system. The increased mutant frequency in positive controls in trial I and II demonstrated the efficiency of the test system and suitability of the test procedures and conditions employed in the study.

Interpretation of results (migrated information): negative

It is concluded that Epofloc-L-1R does not have potential to induce gene mutations at the hgprt locus of CHO-K1 cells, both in the absence and presence of metabolic activation under the present experimental conditions.
Endpoint conclusion
Endpoint conclusion:
no adverse effect observed (negative)

Genetic toxicity in vivo

Endpoint conclusion
Endpoint conclusion:
no study available

Additional information

Additional information from genetic toxicity in vitro:

Justification for selection of genetic toxicity endpoint
The OECD 476; in vitro mammalian cell gene mutation test, is a very recent study undertaken to a recognised guideline and to GLP. It is also the most definitive of the three in vitro studies.

Justification for classification or non-classification

No adverse effects were observed under the conditions of any of the in vitro genetic studies, therefore this substance will not be classified for genetic toxicity.