Comparison of the teratogenic potential of inhaled ethylene glycol monomethyl ether in rats, mice, and rabbits

Toxicology Research Laboratory, Health and Environmental Science, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan 48640 USA
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (Impact Factor: 3.71). 10/1984; 75(3):409-22. DOI: 10.1016/0041-008X(84)90178-9
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Studies to assess the effects of inhaled ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME) on embryonal and fetal development were conducted on groups of Fischer 344 rats, CF-1 mice, and New Zealand White rabbits. Rabbits and rats were exposed to vapor concentrations of 0, 3, 10, or 50 ppm for 6 hr/day on Days 6 through 18, or Days 6 through 15 of gestation, respectively; mice were exposed to 0, 10, or 50 ppm on Days 6 through 15 of gestation. Exposure of pregnant rabbits to 50 ppm produced significant increases in the incidence of malformations, minor variations, and resorptions, as well as a decrease in fetal body weight. Rats and mice exposed to 50 ppm showed no evidence of a teratogenic effect, although indications of slight fetotoxicity were observed in both species. Transient decreases in maternal body weight gain among rats, mice, and rabbits exposed to 50 ppm were the only consistent signs of maternal effects. No significant treatment-related effects on fetal development were observed in any of the species tested at 10 ppm of EGME or below.

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    • "Some of them have been shown to have embryotoxic properties after exposure through several routes of administration in mice, rats and rabbits (Brown et al., 1984; Feuston et al., 1990; Hanley et al., 1984; Hardin et al., 1984; Nagano et al., 1981). Embryotoxic effects, mainly caused by ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (EGME) and its metabolite methoxyacetic acid (MAA), and ethylene glycol monoethyl ether (EGEE) and its metabolite ethoxyacetic acid (EAA), include visceral and skeletal malformations as well as resorptions (Hanley et al., 1984; Hardin et al., 1984). Furthermore, we tested a series of six triazole derivatives. "
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    • "All fetuses were then preserved in alcohol, eviscerated, stained with alizarin red-S (Dawson, 1926), and examined for skeletal alterations. In judging the toxicological significance of fetal alterations, the following criteria were considered: (1) statistical significance, and/or (2) historical control values, (3) dose-dependence, (4) occurrence in more than one fetus, and (5) consistency with previously reported developmental effects of EGME (Hanley et al., 1984b). "
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