Reproducibility and robustness of metabolome analysis in rat plasma of 28-day repeated dose toxicity studies.


BASF has developed a rat plasma metabolomics database (MetaMap®Tox) containing the metabolome of more than 500 chemicals, agrochemicals and drugs, for which the toxicity is well known, derived from 28-day repeated dose toxicity studies in rats. The quality/reproducibility of data was assessed by comparing the metabolome of 16 reference compounds tested at least twice under identical experimental conditions at three time points (day 7, day 14 and day 28). Statistical correlation analysis showed that the repeated treatment induced very similar changes to the metabolome. For all repetitions the modes of action of the compounds were always correctly identified. Moreover, when compared against the metabolome of all compounds available in the MetaMap®Tox database, the repetitions showed in most cases the highest degree of overall similarity with the metabolome of the original study. In addition, we also evaluated the robustness of our metabolomics technique, displayed by constancy of variability in control groups over time. Based on these results, it can be concluded, that metabolomics can reproducibly be applied during toxicological in vivo testing in rats under the conditions applied here.

DOI: 10.1016/j.toxlet.2012.09.015
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@article{Kamp2012ReproducibilityAR, title={Reproducibility and robustness of metabolome analysis in rat plasma of 28-day repeated dose toxicity studies.}, author={Hennicke G Kamp and Volker Strauss and J{\"{o}rg Wiemer and Edgar Leibold and Tobias Walk and Werner Mellert and Roland Looser and A. Prokoudine and Eric J. Fabian and Gerhard Krennrich and M. Herold and Bennard van Ravenzwaay}, journal={Toxicology letters}, year={2012}, volume={215 2}, pages={143-9} }