In Vivo Genotoxic Evaluation of D-003, a Mixture of Very Long Chain Aliphatic Acids.
ABSTRACT D-003 is a mixture of very long chain aliphatic acids purified from sugar cane wax with cholesterol-lowering effects. The present study was undertaken to investigate the in vivo cytotoxic and genotoxic potential of D-003 using three established assays: bone marrow micronucleus, sperm morphology, and single cell gel electrophoresis (Comet) assay. In a first experimental series, CEN/NMRI mice (6-8 animals per sex per group) were administered D-003 by gastric gavage at 5, 50, or 500 mg/kg for 90 days, then sacrificed 24 hours after the last administration. The effects on bone marrow micronucleus were evaluated only in female mice. D-003 (5-500 mg/kg) did not increase the frequency of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes, nor the ratio of polychromatic to normochromatic erythrocytes, compared with the controls. The assessment of the effects on sperm morphology showed that D-003 did not change the sperm count or the frequency of all types of abnormal head shapes, compared with the controls. In a second series, the micronucleus assay was performed in mice of both sexes given 2,000 mg/kg for 6 days. Likewise, in this series, neither cytotoxic nor genotoxic effects were found. Finally, five male Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with D-003 (1,250 mg/kg) by oral gavage for 90 days, and Comet assay on liver cells was performed. No single-strand breaks or alkali-labile site induction on DNA was observed. These results indicate that D-003 does not show evidence of cytotoxic or genotoxic activity on either somatic or germ cells in rodents.