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eye irritation
other: in vitro turn key strategy
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
Study period:
31 Oct 2014 - 02 Feb 2015
1 (reliable without restriction)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
other: GLP-compliant guideline study

Data source

Reference Type:
study report
Report Date:

Materials and methods

Test guideline
according to
other: OECD (2014a) Draft Proposal for a New Test Guideline: Reconstructed Human Cornealike Epithelium (RhCE) Test Method for Identifying Chemicals Not Requiring Classification and Labelling for Eye Irritation or Serious Eye Damage
Principles of method if other than guideline:
The test is based on the experience that irritant chemicals produce cytotoxicity in human reconstructed cornea after a short term topical exposure. The test is designed to predict an eye irritation potential of a chemical by using the three dimensional human cornea model EpiOcularTM. After application of the test material to the surface of the EpiOcularTM tissue the induced cytotoxicity (= loss of viability) is measured by a colorimetric assay. Cytotoxicity is expressed as the reduction of mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity. The mitochondrial dehydrogenase reduces the yellow colored water-soluble 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) to the insoluble blue colored formazan. After isopropanol-extraction of the formazan from the tissues, the optical density of the extract is determined spectrophotometrically. Optical density of the extracts of test-substance treated tissues is compared to values from negative control tissues and expressed as relative tissue viability.
GLP compliance:
yes (incl. certificate)

Test material

Details on test material:
- Physical state: Solid / yellow
- Storage condition of test material: Room temperature

Test animals / tissue source

other: reconstructed three dimensional human cornea model
other: Tissue model: OCL-200
Details on test animals or tissues and environmental conditions:
The EpiOcular™ model (OCL-200) is a three-dimensional non-keratinized tissue construct composed of normal human derived epidermal keratinocytes used to model the human corneal epithelium). The EpiOcularTM tissues (surface 0.6 cm²) are cultured on especially prepared cell culture inserts (MILLICELLs, 10 mm ∅) and are commercially available as kits (EpiOcular™ 200), containing 24 tissues on shipping agarose.
Supplier: MatTek In Vitro Life Science Laboratories, Bratislava

Test system

unchanged (no vehicle)
other: Negative control (NC): De-ionized water, sterile Positive control (PC): Methyl acetate (98+%, CAS No.: 79-20-9)
Amount / concentration applied:
The test substance is applied undiluted; therefore no preparation of the test substance in a vehicle was performed.
Duration of treatment / exposure:
After application, the tissues were placed into the incubator until the total exposure time of 6 hours was completed.
Number of animals or in vitro replicates:
Two tissues were treated with each, the test substance, the PC and the NC.
Details on study design:
On the day of arrival in the laboratory, the tissues were transferred to sterile 6-well plates with 1 mL assay medium and preconditioned in the incubator at 37°C. After 1 hour the preincubation medium was replaced with fresh medium and preconditioning continued in the incubator at standard culture conditions for 16 – 24 hours.

After the pre-incubation, the tissues were pre-treated with 20 μL of PBS in order to wet the tissue surface. The tissues were incubated at standard culture conditions for 30 minutes.

Using a sharp spoon, a bulk volume of 50 μL of the test material was applied covering the whole tissue surface.
Control tissues were concurrently applied with 50 μL of sterile de-ionized water (NC) or with 50 μL of methyl acetate (PC).
After application, the tissues were placed into the incubator until the total exposure time of 6 hours was completed.

To remove the test substance, the tissues were washed with sterile PBS. For this purpose the tissues were immersed and swiveled three times in each of three beakers filled with PBS. Washed tissues were immediately immersed into 12-well plates, pre-filled with 5 mL/well prewarmed
medium (post-soak immersion) in order to remove residual test substance. After 25 minutes (solids) of post-soak immersion, each tissue was dried on absorbent paper and transferred to fresh 6-well plates filled with 1 mL/well pre-warmed medium. Subsequently, the tissues were incubated at standard culture conditions for 18 hours (postincubation period).

Results and discussion

In vivo

Other effects:
The test substance is not able to reduce MTT directly.

Any other information on results incl. tables


  tissue 1 tissue 2 mean            inter-tissue variability [%]
NC mean OD570 1.555 1.424 1.490  
viability [% of NC] 104.4 95.6 100 8.8
14/0579-1 mean OD570 1.687 1.410 1.548  
viability [% of NC] 113.2 94.7 104 18.6
PC mean OD570 0.400 0.363 0.382  
viability [% of NC] 26.9 24.4 26 2.5

Applicant's summary and conclusion

Interpretation of results:
not irritating
Migrated information
Based on the observed results for the EpiOcular Test it was concluded, that the test article does not show an eye irritation potential under the test conditions chosen.
Executive summary:

The potential of the test article to cause ocular irritation was assessed by a single topical application of 50 μL bulk volume (about 20 mg) of the undiluted test substance to a reconstructed three dimensional human cornea model (EpiOcular™). Two EpiOcular™ tissue samples were incubated with the test substance for 6 hours followed by a 18-hours post-incubation period. Tissue destruction was determined by measuring the metabolic activity of the tissue after exposure/post-incubation using a colorimetric test. The reduction of mitochondrial dehydrogenase activity, measured by reduced formazan production after incubation with a tetrazolium salt (MTT) was chosen as endpoint. The formazan production of the testsubstance treated epidermal tissues is compared to that of negative control tissues. The ratio of the values indicates the relative tissue viability. The EpiOcular™ eye irritation test showed the following results:

The test substance is not able to reduce MTT directly. The mean viability of the test-substance treated tissues was 104%.