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Ecotoxicological information

Toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria

Administrative data

toxicity to aquatic algae and cyanobacteria
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
2017-02-24 to 2017-04-05
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
guideline study

Data source

Reference Type:
study report
Report date:

Materials and methods

Test guidelineopen allclose all
according to guideline
OECD Guideline 201 (Freshwater Alga and Cyanobacteria, Growth Inhibition Test)
according to guideline
EU Method C.3 (Algal Inhibition test)
according to guideline
other: Guidance document on aquatic toxicity testing of difficult items and mixtures, OECD series on testing and assessment number 23, December 14, 2000.
GLP compliance:
yes (incl. QA statement)

Test material

Constituent 1
Chemical structure
Reference substance name:
EC Number:
EC Name:
Cas Number:
Molecular formula:
Test material form:
solid: particulate/powder
Details on test material:
- Name of test material (as cited in study report): JNJ-559728-AAA (T001250)
- Physical state: solid (powder)
- Appearance: White powder
Specific details on test material used for the study:
- Analytical purity: base titration: 99.0%
- Source and lot/batch No.of test material: I16DB2043
- Expiration date of the lot/batch: 2020-04-25 (retest date)
- Purity test date: 2016-06-15 (certificate of analysis release date)

- Storage condition of test material: At room temperature
- Stability under test conditions: stable
- Solubility and stability of the test substance in the solvent/vehicle: solubility in water: 9.2 g/L

Sampling and analysis

Analytical monitoring:
Details on sampling:
- Sampling method: Single samples were taken before the start of the test, after 24h and after 72 hours from each test medium and from the control. In addition, the filter containing undissolved residue was kept for possible analysis Additionally, reserve samples of 2.0 mL were taken for possible analysis. At the end of the exposure period, the replicates with algae were pooled at each concentration before sampling.
- Sample storage conditions before analysis: Stored in a freezer until analysis.

Test solutions

Details on test solutions:
PREPARATION AND APPLICATION OF TEST SOLUTION (especially for difficult test substances)
- Method: Preparation of test solutions started with a loading rate of 100 mg/L applying an overnight period of magnetic stirring followed (in the combined limit limit/range-finding test) or preceded (in the full test) by approximately 20 minutes treatment with ultrasonic waves to ensure maximum dissolution of the test item in medium. The resulting mixture was filtered over a 0.45 μm membrane filter (Whatman; RC55) to remove the undissolved fraction of the test item. The obtained Saturated Solution (SS) was used as the highest test concentration. The lower test concentrations were prepared by subsequent dilutions of the highest test concentration in test medium. After preparation, volumes of 50 mL were added to each replicate of the respective test concentration. Subsequently, 1 mL of an algal suspension was added to each replicate providing a cell density of 10^4 cells/mL.
- Controls: yes
- Evidence of undissolved material (e.g. precipitate, surface film, etc): All final test solutions were clear and colourless

Test organisms

Test organisms (species):
Raphidocelis subcapitata (previous names: Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata, Selenastrum capricornutum)
Details on test organisms:
- Strain: NIVA CHL 1
- Source (laboratory, culture collection): In-house laboratory culture
- Method of cultivation: Algal stock cultures were started by inoculating growth medium with algal cells from a pure culture on agar. The suspensions were continuously aerated and exposed to light in a climate room at a temperature of 21-24°C. M1 medium was used.
- Pre-culture: 3 days before the start of the test, cells from the algal stock culture were inoculated in M2 medium at a cell density of 1E+04 cells/mL. The pre-culture was maintained under the same conditions as used in the test. Cell density was measured before use.

- Acclimation period: not relevant (except pre-culture 3 days before start of the test)

Study design

Test type:
Water media type:
Limit test:
Total exposure duration:
72 h

Test conditions

24 mg CaCO3/L
Test temperature:
22-24 °C
t=0h: 7.6-7.9
t=72h: 7.6-7.8
Dissolved oxygen:
not applicable
not relevant
not relevant
Nominal and measured concentrations:
nominal test concentrations: 0.10, 1.0, 10 and 100% SS (10% and 100% SS analysed)
measured test concentration t = 0 h: 7.09, 72.3 mg/L
measured test concentration t = 24 h: 5.44, 54.5 mg/L
measured test concentration t = 72 h: 3.09, 32.9 mg/L

Final test:
nominal test concentrations: 0, 18, 32, 56 and 100% of a SS prepared at a loading rate of 100 mg/L.
measured test concentration t = 0 h: n.d., 7.26, 13.3, 23.6, 24.0, 41.2, 74.3 mg/L
measured test concentration t = 24 h: n.d., 5.74, 10.6, 18.4, 18.4, 30.4, 57.3 mg/L
measured test concentration t = 72 h: 0.0075, 3.40, 5.98, 10.6, 10.0, 18.8, 32.8 mg/L
Details on test conditions:
- Test vessel: 100 mL all-glass flasks
- Type (delete if not applicable): capped vessels
- Material, size, headspace, fill volume: 100 mL all-glass flasks filled with 50 mL test solution
- Initial cells density: 10,000 cells/mL
- Control end cells density: 129.9 x 10,000 cells/mL (mean)
- No. of vessels per concentration (replicates): 3
- No. of vessels per control (replicates): 6

- Standard medium used: M1; according to the NPR 6505 (“Nederlandse Praktijk Richtlijn no. 6505”) formulated using Milli-RO water (tap-water purified by reverse osmosis
- Detailed composition if non-standard medium was used:
NaNO3 500 mg/L
K2HPO4.3H2O 52 mg/L
MgSO4.7H2O 75 mg/L
Na2CO3.10H2O 54 mg/L
C6H8O7.H2O 6 mg/L
NH4NO3 330 mg/L
CaCl2.2H2O 35 mg/L
C6H5FeO7.xH2O 6 mg/L
H3BO3 2.9 mg/L
MnCl2.4H2O 1.81 mg/L
ZnCl2 0.11 mg/L
CuSO4.5H2O 0.08 mg/L
(NH4)6Mo7O24.4H2O 0.018 mg/L

- Source/preparation of dilution water: M2, according to the OECD 201 Guideline, formulated using Milli-RO water.
- Culture medium different from test medium: Yes (M1 versus M2). Three days before the start of the test the algal stock culture (culture in M1) was inoculated in the same culture medium (M2) used in the test. The culture was maintained under the same conditions as used in the test.
- Intervals of measurements: pH was measured at the beginning and at the end of the test. Temperature was continuously measured in a control vessel. At the end of the final test microscopic observations were performed on all test concentrations to observe for any abnormal appearance of the algae.

- Sterile test conditions: no information
- Adjustment of pH: no
- Light intensity and quality: using TLD-lamps (with a light intensity within the range of 85 to 87 µE.m-2.s-1)

EFFECT PARAMETERS MEASURED (with observation intervals if applicable):
- Determination of cell concentrations: [counting chamber; electronic particle counter; fluorimeter; spectrophotometer; colorimeter]: At the beginning, cells were counted using a microscope and a counting chamber. Thereafter, cell densities were determined by spectrophotometric measurement of samples at 680 nm using a spectrophotometer with immersion probe (pathlength = 20mm).
- Effect calculated parameters: specific growth rate and yield

- Spacing factor for test concentrations: x1.8
- Range finding study: yes
- Test concentrations: 0.1, 1.0, 10 and 100% of the SS (setup as combined range finder/limit test)
- Results used to determine the conditions for the definitive study: yes
Reference substance (positive control):
potassium dichromate

Results and discussion

Effect concentrationsopen allclose all
Key result
72 h
Dose descriptor:
Effect conc.:
33 mg/L
Nominal / measured:
meas. (TWA)
Conc. based on:
test mat.
Basis for effect:
growth rate
Remarks on result:
other: 95% C.L. 31-35 mg/L
Key result
72 h
Dose descriptor:
Effect conc.:
9.3 mg/L
Nominal / measured:
meas. (TWA)
Conc. based on:
test mat.
Basis for effect:
growth rate
Details on results:
- Exponential growth in the control (for algal test): yes
- Any stimulation of growth found in any treatment: no
- Any observations (e.g. precipitation) that might cause a difference between measured and nominal values: no
- 72-h EC50 (yield) = 16 mg T001250/L (95% C.L. 14-19 mg/L)
- 72-h EC10 (growth rate) = 21 mg T001250/L (95% C.L. 18-23 mg/L)
- 72-h EC10 (yield) = 7.4 mg T001250/L (95% C.L. 4.9-9.3 mg/L)
- 72-h NOEC (yield) = 9.3 mg T001250/L
Results with reference substance (positive control):
- Results with reference substance valid? yes
- 72-h EC50 (growth rate) = 1.2 mg/L (95% C.L. 1.1 to 1.2 mg/L)
- 72-h EC50 (yield) = 0.43 mg/L (95% C.L. 0.42 to 0.44 mg/L)
Reported statistics and error estimates:
For determination of the NOEC and the EC50 the approaches recommended in the OECD guideline 201 were used. An effect was considered to be significant if statistical analysis of the data obtained for the test concentrations compared with those obtained in the negative control revealed significant inhibition of growth rate (Williams Multiple Sequential t-test Procedure, α=0.05, one-sided, smaller) or inhibition of yield (Step-down Jonckheere-Terpstra Test Procedure, α=0.05, one-sided, smaller). Additionally, the EC10 and EC20 were determined to meet the recommendations as put down in "A Review of Statistical Data Analysis and Experimental Design in OECD Aquatic Toxicology Test Guidelines" by S. Pack, August 1993. Calculation of ECx values was based on probit analysis using linear max. likelihood regression with the percentages of growth rate inhibition and the percentages of yield inhibition versus the logarithms of the corresponding TWA exposure concentrations of the test item.

Applicant's summary and conclusion

Validity criteria fulfilled:
A 72-h growth inhibition test with the unicellular green alga Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata was performed with the test substance T001250 according to the OECD guideline 201 (GLP conditions). It can be concluded that the test item had a statistically significant inhibitory effect on the growth rate of Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata at a TWA concentration of 16 mg//L and higher during the 72-hour test period, i.e. the 72-hour NOEC for both growth rate inhibition and yield inhibition was 9.3 mg/L. The EC50 for growth rate inhibition was 33 mg/L with a 95% confidence interval ranging from 31 to 35 mg/L. The results of the test can be considered reliable without restrictions.