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Endpoint:
developmental toxicity
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Reliability:
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
guideline study

Data source

Reference
Reference Type:
study report
Title:
Unnamed
Year:
2009

Materials and methods

Test guideline
Qualifier:
according to
Guideline:
OECD Guideline 414 (Prenatal Developmental Toxicity Study)
GLP compliance:
yes (incl. certificate)
Limit test:
no

Test material

Reference
Name:
Unnamed
Type:
Constituent
Details on test material:
- Name of test substance: Methyl Methacrylate
- Batch Identification: 012231eda0
- CAS No.: 80-62-6
- Purity: 99.9%
- Homogeneity: homogeneous
- Expiry date: 16 Jan 2009
- Stability: The stability of the test substance under storage conditions over the test period was guaranteed by the manufacturer, and the manufacturer holds this responsibility
- Physical state/Appearance: liquid/colorless, clear
- Storage conditions: Refrigerator (KS); avoid temperatures > 35°C

Test animals

Species:
rabbit
Strain:
Himalayan
Details on test animals and environmental conditions:
TEST ANIMALS
- Source: Charles River Laboratories, Research Models and Services, Germany GmbH
- Age at study initiation: 16-21 weeks
- Weight at study initiation: 2187-2917 g
- Fasting period before study: no
- Housing: the rabbits were housed singly in type 12.2395.C stainless steel wire mesh cages supplied by Draht-Bremer GmbH, Marktheidenfeld, Germany (floor area about 3,000 cm²)
- Diet: pelleted “Kliba maintenance diet for rabbits & guinea pigs, GLP”, supplied by Provimi Kliba SA, Kaiseraugst, Switzerland, ad libitum
- Water: tap water ad libitum
- Acclimation period: at least 5 days


ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
- Temperature (°C): 20-24
- Humidity (%): 30-70
- Air changes (per hr): 15
- Photoperiod (hrs dark / hrs light): 12 / 12 (6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. dark, 6.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. light)

Administration / exposure

Route of administration:
oral: gavage
Vehicle:
CMC (carboxymethyl cellulose)
Details on exposure:
PREPARATION OF DOSING SOLUTIONS:
The aqueous test substance preparations were prepared at the beginning of the administration period and thereafter at maximum intervals of 7 days, which took into account the analytical results of the stability verification. For the test substance preparation, an specific amount of test substance was weighed depending on the dose group, into a graduated flask (conical Erlenmeyer flasks with groundin stopper), topped up (shortly under the marking) with 1% Carboxymethylcellulose solution in drinking water and a few drops Cremophor EL and one drop of 32% hydrochloric acid. Afterwards the preparation was filled up with 1% Carboxymethylcellulose suspension in drinking water. The flask was sealed and the preparation was intensely mixed with a magnetic stirrer. During administration, the preparations were kept homogeneous with a magnetic stirrer and the vessels were kept closed between the withdrawals of the preparations.
Analytical verification of doses or concentrations:
yes
Details on analytical verification of doses or concentrations:
Samples of the test substance preparations were sent to the analytical laboratory twice during the study period (at the beginning and towards the end) for verification of the concentrations. Samples were analyzed by GC with external calibration.
Details on mating procedure:
After an acclimatization period of at least 5 days, the female rabbits were fertilized by means of artificial insemination. This implied that 0.2 mL of a synthetic hormone which releases LH and FSH from the anterior pituitary lobe (Receptal) were injected intramuscularly to the female rabbits about 1 hour before insemination. The ejaculate samples used for the artificial insemination were derived from male Himalayan rabbits of the same breed as the females. Each female was inseminated with the sperm of a defined male donor. The male donors were kept under conditions (air conditioning, diet, water) comparable to those of the females participating in this study. The day of insemination was designated as gestation day (GD) 0 and the following day as GD 1.
Duration of treatment / exposure:
from implantation to one day prior to the expected day of parturition (GD 6-28)
Frequency of treatment:
daily
Duration of test:
until GD 29
Doses / concentrationsopen allclose all
Dose / conc.:
50 mg/kg bw/day (nominal)
Remarks:
actual dose: 41 mg/kg bw/d
Dose / conc.:
150 mg/kg bw/day (nominal)
Remarks:
actual dose: 132 mg/kg bw/d
Dose / conc.:
450 mg/kg bw/day (nominal)
Remarks:
actual dose: 406 mg/kg bw/d
No. of animals per sex per dose:
25 inseminated females per dose
Control animals:
yes, concurrent vehicle
Details on study design:
The dose volume was 10 mL/kg body weight. The calculation of the volume administered was based on the most recent individual body weight.

Examinations

Maternal examinations:
CLINICAL EXAMINATIONS
- Mortality: Mortality was checked in the females twice a day on working days or once a day on Saturdays, Sundays or on public holidays (GD 0-29).
- Clinical symptoms: A clinical examination was conducted at least once daily for any signs of morbidity, pertinent behavioral changes and signs of overt toxicity. If such signs occurred, the animals were examined several times daily (GD 0-29).
- Food consumption: The food consumption was determined daily on GD 1–29.
- Body weight data: All animals were weighed on GD 0, 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 28 and 29. The body weight change of the animals was calculated.
- Corrected (net) body weight gain: The corrected body weight gain was calculated after terminal sacrifice (terminal body weight on GD 29 minus weight of the unopened uterus minus body weight on GD 6).

TERMINAL EXAMINATIONS OF THE DOES
After the does had been sacrificed on GD 29, they were necropsied and assessed by gross pathology in randomized order.
Ovaries and uterine content:
On GD 29, the surviving does were sacrificed in randomized order by an intravenous injection of pentobarbital (Narcoren; dose: 2 mL/animal). After the does had been sacrificed, they were necropsied and assessed by gross pathology in randomized order. The uterus and the ovaries were removed and the following data were recorded:
- Weight of the unopened uterus
- Number of corpora lutea
- Number and distribution of implantation sites classified as:
1) live fetuses
2) dead implantations: a) early resorptions (only decidual or placental tissues visible or according to SALEWSKI (Salewski, 1964) from uteri from apparently non-pregnant animals and the empty uterus horn in the case of single-horn pregnancy); b) late resorptions (embryonic or fetal tissue in addition to placental tissue visible); c) dead fetuses (hypoxemic fetuses which did not breathe spontaneously after the uterus had been opened).
After the weight of the uterus had been determined, all subsequent evaluations of the does and the gestational parameters were conducted by technicians unaware of treatment group in order to minimize bias. For this purpose the animal numbers were encoded.
Furthermore, calculations of conception rate and pre- and postimplantation losses were carried out:
The conception rate (in %) was calculated according to the following formula: (number of pregnant animals)/(number of fertilized animals) x 100.
The preimplantation loss (in %) was calculated based on each individual pregnant animal with scheduled sacrifice according to the following formula: (number of corpora lutea – number of implantations)/(number of corpora lutea) x 100.
The postimplantation loss (in %) was calculated based on each individual pregnant animal with scheduled sacrifice from the following formula: (number of implantations – number of live fetuses)/(number of implantations) x 100.
Fetal examinations:
All fetal analyses were conducted by technicians unaware of the treatment group, in order to minimize bias.
- Examination of the fetuses after dissection from the uterus: Each fetus was weighed and examined macroscopically for any external findings.
Furthermore, the viability of the fetuses and the condition of the placentae, the umbilical cords, the fetal membranes, and fluids were examined. Individual placental weights were recorded. Thereafter, the fetuses were sacrificed by a subcutaneous injection of phenobarbital (Narcoren; 0.2 mL/fetus).
- Soft tissue examination of the fetuses: After the fetuses had been sacrificed, the abdomen and the thorax were opened in order to examine the organs in situ before they were removed. The heart and the kidneys were sectioned in order to evaluate the internal structure. The sex of the fetuses was determined by examination of the gonads in situ. After these examinations, the heads of approximately one half of the fetuses per litter and the heads of those fetuses, which revealed severe findings during the external examination (e.g. anophthalmia, microphthalmia or hydrocephalus) were severed from the trunk. These heads were fixed in BOUIN's solution and were, after fixation, processed and evaluated according to WILSON's method (Wilson and Warkany, 1965). About 10 transverse sections were prepared per head. After the examination these heads were discarded. All fetuses (partly without heads) were skinned and fixed in ethyl alcohol. After fixation for approx. 1-5 days, the fetuses were removed from the fixative for awhile. With a scalpel, a transversal incision was made into the frontal / parietal bone in the heads of the intact fetuses. The two halves of the calvarium were then cauteously bent outward and the brain was thoroughly examined. Subsequently, the fetuses were placed back into the fixative for further fixation.
- Skeletal examination of the fetuses: After fixation in ethyl alcohol the skeletons were stained according to a modified method of KIMMEL and TRAMMELL (Kimmel, C.A., and Trammell, C., 1981). Thereafter, the stained skeleton of each fetus was examined. After the examination the stained skeletons were retained individually.
Statistics:
- DUNNETT-test (two-sided) for food consumption, body weight, body weight change, corrected body weight gain (net maternal body weight change), carcass weight, weight of unopened uterus, number of corpora lutea, number of implantations, number of resorptions, number of live fetuses, proportions of preimplantation loss, proportions of postimplantation loss, proportions of resorptions, proportion of live fetuses in each litter, litter mean fetal body weight, litter mean placental weight.
- FISHER'S EXACT test (one-sided) for female mortality, females pregnant at terminal sacrifice, number of litters with fetal findings.
- WILCOXON-test (one-sided) for proportions of fetuses with malformations, variations and/or unclassified observations in each litter.

Results and discussion

Results: maternal animals

Maternal developmental toxicity

Details on maternal toxic effects:
Details on maternal toxic effects:
- Mortality: There were no test substance-related or spontaneous mortalities in any group.
- Clinical symptoms: No test substance-related clinical signs or any disturbances of the general behavior were observed in any rabbit during the entire study period.
- Food consumption: The food consumption in the high-dose females (450 mg/kg bw/d) was distinctly and statistically significantly reduced during a significant part of the treatment period (GD 15-23). During the entire treatment period (GD 6-28) the total average food consumption of the high dose rabbits was about 18% below controls. The food consumption of the mid dose females (150 mg/kg bw/d) was similarly affected in terms of magnitude and course of reduction, however the reduction of food consumption reached statistical significance only on GD 22-24. During the treatment period (GD 6-28) the total average food consumption of the mid-dose rabbits was about 13% below controls. Overall, the food consumption of the low-dose does (50 mg/kg bw/d) did not show test substance-related impairments. The reduced food consumption at the 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d levels is considered to be related to the treatment.
- Body weight data: The mean body weights of the low-, mid- and high-dose rabbits (50; 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d) were not significantly different from the concurrent control throughout the course of the study. The average body weight gain of the mid- and high-dose rabbits was statistically significantly reduced by about 27% and 31% during the treatment period. A significant reduction of mean body weight gain was also noted for the the high-dose rabbits on GD 19-21.
- Corrected (net) body weight gain: Mean carcass weights and the corrected body weight gain (terminal body weight on GD 29 minus weight of the unopened uterus minus body weight on GD 6) were comparable among all groups.
- Uterus weight: The mean gravid uterus weights of test groups 1, 2, and 3 (50; 150 or 450 mg/kg bw/d) did not show statistically significant differences in comparison to the control group.
- Necropsy findings: At necropsy, only spontaneous findings were seen in single females of every test group. No test substance-related findings were observed in the does.
- Reproduction data of does: The conception rate reached 96% in test groups 1 and 3 (50 and 450 mg/kg bw/d) and 100% in test groups 0 and 2 (0 and 150 mg/kg bw/d). Importantly, a sufficient number of pregnant females was available for the purpose of the study, as 24-25 pregnant rabbits per group had implantation sites in the uterus, at terminal sacrifice. There were no test substance-related and/or biologically relevant differences between the control and all dosed groups in conception rate, in the mean number of corpora lutea and implantation sites or in the values calculated for the pre- and the postimplantation losses, the number of resorptions and viable fetuses. Gestational parameters were within the normal range for animals of this strain and age.

Effect levels (maternal animals)

open allclose all
Dose descriptor:
NOAEL
Effect level:
450 mg/kg bw/day (nominal)
Based on:
test mat.
Remarks on result:
other: no adverse effects observed; actual dose 406 mg/kg/d
Dose descriptor:
NOEL
Remarks:
food consumption
Effect level:
50 mg/kg bw/day (nominal)
Based on:
test mat.
Basis for effect level:
food consumption and compound intake
Remarks on result:
other: actual dose: 41 mg/kg/d

Maternal abnormalities

Abnormalities:
effects observed, treatment-related

Results (fetuses)

Details on embryotoxic / teratogenic effects:
Details on embryotoxic / teratogenic effects:
- Sex distribution of fetuses: The sex distribution of the fetuses in test groups 1-3 (50; 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d) was comparable to the control fetuses. Observable differences were without biological relevance.
- Weight of placentae: The mean placental weights in test groups 1, 2 and 3 (50; 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d) were comparable to the controls.
- Weight of fetuses: The mean fetal weights of all treated groups were not influenced by the test substance. Neither female nor male weights showed statistically significant or biologically relevant differences between the test substance-treated groups and the controls.
- Fetal external malformations: One sole external malformation (unilateral microphthalmia) was recorded for two fetuses from 2 litters in the high-dose group (450 mg/kg bw/d). This malformation is present in the historical control data. Thus an association of these individual findings to the treatment is not assumed. The total incidences of external malformations were comparable to the historical control data.
- Fetal external variations: One external variation (paw hyperflexion) occurred in single fetuses of the low- and mid-dose groups and the control. The incidences did not demonstrate a dose-response relationship and were comparable to the historical control data. Thus an association of this finding to the treatment is not assumed.
- Fetal external unclassified observations: Unclassified external observations, such as necrobiotic placentae and discolored amniotic fluid, were recorded for single fetuses of test groups 1 and 2 (50 and 150 mg/kg bw/d). A relation to dosing is not present if normal biological variation is taken into account. Therefore, a test substance induced effect is not assumed.
- Fetal soft tissue malformations: The examination of the soft tissues revealed a variety of malformations in fetuses of all test groups including the controls (0; 50; 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d). With the exception of a lateral pouch in the tongue of 2 fetuses all individual soft tissue malformations were present in the historical control data at comparable frequencies. No statistically significant differences between the test groups and the control were observed. The total incidences of external malformations were comparable to the historical control data. No malformation pattern was evident. Thus an association of these findings to the treatment is not assumed.
- Fetal soft tissue variations: A number of soft tissue variations, such as absent lung lobe (lobus inferior medialis) and malpositioned carotid branch, was detected in each test group including the controls. Incidences were without a relation to dosing. Neither statistically significant differences between the test groups nor differences to the historical control data were noted.
- Fetal soft tissue unclassified observations: Unclassified soft tissue observations, such as infarct of liver, hemorrhagic thymus or ovary and blood coagulum around urinary bladder, were recorded for some fetuses of test groups 0, 1, 2 and 3 (0; 50; 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d). A relation to dosing is not present if normal biological variation is taken into account. Therefore, a test substance induced effect is not assumed.
- Fetal skeletal malformations: Malformations of the fetal skeletons were noted in fetuses of test groups 0, 2 and 3 (0; 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d). Neither statistically significant differences between treated groups and the control were calculated nor a dose-response relationship was observed. All individual skeletal malformations were present in the historical control data at a comparable frequency.
- Fetal skeletal variations: For all test groups, variations in different skeletal structures were detected with or without effects on the corresponding cartilages. The observed skeletal variations were related to various parts of the fetal skeletons and were statistically significant higher in the low- and the
high-dose groups on a fetus per litter basis. Several specific skeletal variations were statistically significant higher than the concurrent control in the dosed groups (on a fetus per litter basis). These findings are delays or minor disturbances of ossification which are reversible or do not considerably affect the integrity of the underlying structures. Such slight changes of the ossification process occur very frequently in gestation day 29 rabbit fetuses of this strain and all observed incidences were within the historical control data. Thus an association of these findings to the treatment is not assumed.
- Fetal skeletal unclassified cartilage observations: Additionally, isolated cartilage findings without impact on the respective bony structures, which were designated as unclassified cartilage observations, occurred in all groups including the control. The observed unclassified cartilage findings did not show a relation to dosing and were comparable to historical control data and, therefore, regarded to be spontaneous in nature.
- Abstract of all classified fetal external, soft tissue and skeletal observations: Various external, soft tissue and skeletal malformations occurred throughout all test groups including the control. All individual malformations are present in the historical control data, with the exception of lateral pouches in the tongue of 2 fetuses. They did neither show a consistent pattern since a number of morphological structures of different ontogenic origin were affected nor a clear dose-response relationship. The overall incidence of malformations was comparable to the historical control data. One external (paw hyperflexion), two soft tissue (absent lobus inferior medialis and malpositioned carotid branch) and a broad range of skeletal variations occurred in all test groups including the controls. All fetal and litter incidences for these variations and the corresponding mean percentages of affected fetuses/litter were not significantly different from the concurrent control and their frequency is comparable to the historical control data. Therefore, they were not considered to be related to the treatment. A spontaneous origin is also assumed for external, soft tissue and unclassified skeletal cartilage observations which were observed in several fetuses of all test groups including controls (0, 50; 150 and 450 mg/kg bw/d). Distribution and type of these findings do not suggest relation to treatment.

Effect levels (fetuses)

Dose descriptor:
NOAEL
Remarks:
prenatal developmental toxicity
Effect level:
450 mg/kg bw/day (nominal)
Based on:
test mat.
Sex:
male/female
Remarks on result:
other: no adverse effects observed

Fetal abnormalities

Abnormalities:
no effects observed

Overall developmental toxicity

Developmental effects observed:
no

Any other information on results incl. tables

Table: Occurence of statistically significantly increased fetal skeletal variation (expressed as mean percentage of affected fetuses/litter)

Finding

Group 0

0 mg/kg/d

Group 1

50 mg/kg/d

Group 2

150 mg/kg/d

Group 3

450 mg/kg/d

HCD

(range)

Incomplete ossification of parietal; unchanged cartilage

0.0

0.0

1.9*

2.1*

0.4

(0.0 – 2.6)

Incomplete ossification of hyoid; cartilage present

11.2

11.4

19.1

20.4*

9.8

(0.0 – 21.6)

Splitting of skull bone

0.4

3.3*

3.3

2.3

2.9

(0.0 – 7.7)

Incomplete ossification of cervical centrum; unchanged cartilage

2.5

2.2

3.6

7.3*

2.5

(0.0 – 9.3)

Supemumerary 13th rib; cartilage not present

2.5

9.8

6.1

9.9*

6.6

(0.0 – 17.5)

Total fetal skeletal variations

46.3

63.7*

59.3

71.6**

63.5

(46.3 – 81.9)

HCD = Historical control data; * = p ≤ 0.05, ** = p ≤ 0.01 (Wilcoxon-Test [one-sided])

 

 

Table: Total fetal malformations

 

 

Group 0

0 mg/kg/d

Group 1

100 mg/kg/d

Group 2

300 mg/kg/d

Group 3

1000 mg/kg/d

Litter

Fetuses

N

N

25

171

24

154

25

157

24

158

Fetal incidence

N (%)

4 (2.3%)

2 (1.3%)

6 (3.8%)

9 (5.7%)

Litter incidence

N (%)

4 (16%)

1 (4.2%)

4 (16%)

7 (29%)

Affected fetuses/litter

Mean%

2.3

1.2

3.6

6.2

 

 

Table: Total fetal variations

 

 

Group 0

0 mg/kg/d

Group 1

100 mg/kg/d

Group 2

300 mg/kg/d

Group 3

1000 mg/kg/d

Litter

Fetuses

N

N

25

171

24

154

25

157

24

158

Fetal incidence

N (%)

106 (62%)

106 (69%)

106 (68%)

122 (77%)

Litter incidence

N (%)

21 (84%)

24 (100%)

24 (96%)

23 (96%)

Affected fetuses/litter

Mean%

59.9

69.8

64.3

74.2

 

Applicant's summary and conclusion

Conclusions:
In conclusion, the no observed adverse effect level (NOAEL) for maternal toxicity is 450 mg/kg bw/d and the no observed effect level (NOEL) for maternal toxicity is 50 mg/kg bw/d based on effects on food consumption. The NOAEL for prenatal developmental toxicity is 450 mg/kg bw/d. No adverse fetal findings of toxicological relevance were evident at any dose.
Executive summary:

The study was performed according to OECD TG 414 in compliance with GLP.

Methyl Methacrylate was tested for its prenatal developmental toxicity in Himalayan rabbits. The test substance was administered as an aqueous preparation to 25 inseminated female Himalayan rabbits by stomach tube at doses of 50; 150 and 450 mg/kg body weight/day on gestation days (GD) 6 through GD 28. The control group, consisting of 25 females, was dosed with the vehicle (1% Carboxymethylcellulose CB 30.000 in drinking water and a few drops Cremophor EL and one drop hydrochloric acid [1% CMC]) in parallel. A standard dose volume of 10 mL/kg body weight was used for each test group. At terminal sacrifice on GD 29, 24-25 females per group had implantation sites.

The following test substance-related adverse effects/findings were noted:

Test group 3 (450 mg/kg body weight/day):

-        Reduced food consumption (-18%) and body weight gain (-31%)

-        No test substance-related adverse effects on gestational parameters or fetuses

 

Test group 2 (150 mg/kg body weight/day):

-        Reduced food consumption (-13%) and body weight gain (-27%)

-        No test substance-related adverse effects on gestational parameters or fetuses

 

Test group 1 (50 mg/kg body weight/day):

-        No test substance-related adverse effects on does, gestational parameters or fetuses

In conclusion, the no observed adverse effect level (NOAEL) for maternal toxicity is nominal 450 mg/kg bw/d (actual 406 mg/kg bw/d), the highest dose tested. The no observed effect level (NOEL) for maternal toxicity is nominal 50 mg/kg bw/d (effective 41 mg/kg bw/d) based on effects on food consumption being a consequence of reduced appetite observed at the LOEL (Lowest Observed Effect Level) of 150 mg/kg bw/d (actual 132 mg/kg bw/d).

The no observed adverse effect level (NOAEL) for prenatal developmental toxicity is nominal 450 mg/kg bw/d (actual 406 mg/kg bw/d). No adverse fetal findings of toxicological relevance were evident at any dose.