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Acute Toxicity: oral

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acute toxicity: oral
Type of information:
experimental study
Adequacy of study:
key study
2 (reliable with restrictions)
Rationale for reliability incl. deficiencies:
comparable to guideline study with acceptable restrictions

Data source

Reference Type:
study report
Report date:

Materials and methods

Test guideline
equivalent or similar to guideline
OECD Guideline 401 (Acute Oral Toxicity)
Version / remarks:
The study was conducted prior to implementation of OECD and GLP guidlines
Principles of method if other than guideline:
- Principle of test:
The twenty five amino acids were prepared as 30% solutions in water or as 30% suspensions in 1 % methyl cellulose and administered by gastric intubation at a maximum dosage volume of 53.3 ml/kg bodyweight. This gave a maximum practical dose of 16 g amino acid /kg bodyweight. The observation period was 14 days.
During the the observation period, a record was kept of all mortalities and signs of toxicity. All rats that died were examined macroscopically in an attempt to identify the target organs, and animals surviving terminally were similarly examined to detect possible residual damage. Assessment of degree of recovery from the initial toxic action of the product was made subjectively from appearance and behaviour of the animals and, more objectively, by weekly checks on bodyweight. Where the mortality data indicated that the LD50 was below the maximum practical dosage (16 g/kg bodyweight), the LD50 and its 95% confidence limits were calculated by the method of Litchfield, J.T., and Wilcoxon, F. (1949) J. Pharmac. exp. Ther, 96, 99.

- Short description of test conditions:
The rats used in these tests were of the CFY strain.
At the time of dosing they were in the weight range of 62 to 123g. Each animal was deprived of food for 20 h prior to dosing, after which food was withheld for a further 4 hours.

- Parameters analysed / observed:
Rats that died were examined macroscopically. Assessment of degree of recovery from the initial toxic action was made subjectively from appearance and behaviour of the animals, more objectively, by weekly checks on body weight. In case of death of an animal that received less than the maximum dose, the LD50 was determined.
GLP compliance:
Test type:
standard acute method
Limit test:

Test material

Constituent 1
Chemical structure
Reference substance name:
EC Number:
EC Name:
Cas Number:
Molecular formula:
Test material form:
not specified

Test animals

other: CFY strain
Details on test animals or test system and environmental conditions:
- Weight at study initiation: females: 85 and 76 g and males: 83 and 78 g
- Fasting period before study: 20 hrs prior to dosing and 4h after dosing
- Housing: caged in groups according to sex and dosage

Administration / exposure

Route of administration:
oral: gavage
other: 30% solutions in water or 30% suspensions in 1% methyl cellulose
Details on oral exposure:
- Concentration in vehicle: maximum concentration in vehicle: 0.3 g/mL (16 g/kg/53.3 mL/kg = 0.3 g/mL)
- Amount of vehicle (if gavage): maximum dosage volume 53.3 mL/kg bw.
0 and 16 g/kg bw
No. of animals per sex per dose:
Control animals:
Details on study design:
- Duration of observation period following administration: 14 days
- Frequency of observations and weighing: daily observations and weekly determination of body weight, clinical signs, mortality
- Necropsy of survivors performed: yes

Results and discussion

Preliminary study:
In case of L-asparagine no preliminary test was recorded. Only one dose was documented.
Effect levels
Key result
Dose descriptor:
Effect level:
> 16 000 mg/kg bw
Based on:
act. ingr.
no mortality observed
Clinical signs:
other: no clinical signs observed
Gross pathology:
no adverse effects were detected

Applicant's summary and conclusion

Interpretation of results:
GHS criteria not met
In this acute oral toxicity study rats were administered L-asparagine at a dose of 16 g/kg bw by oral gavage. Since there was no mortality and clinical symptoms observed or recorded the LD 50 was considered to be > 16 g/kg bw.