Galleria mellonella larvae allow the discrimination of toxic and non-toxic chemicals.

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Summary of "Galleria mellonella larvae allow the discrimination of toxic and non-toxic chemicals."

The acute toxicities of 19 chemicals were assessed using G. mellonella larvae. The results obtained were compared against LD50 values derived from in vitro cytotoxicity tests and against in vivo acute oral LD50 values. In general, cell culture systems overestimated the toxicity of chemicals, especially low toxicity chemicals. In contrast, toxicity testing in G. mellonella larvae was found to be a reliable predictor for low toxicity chemicals. For the 9 chemicals tested which were assigned to Globally Harmonised System (GHS) category 5, the toxicity measured in G. mellonella larvae was consistent with their GHS categorisation but cytotoxicity measured in 3T3 or NHK cells predicted 4 out of 9 chemicals as having low toxicity. A more robust assessment of the likely toxicity of chemicals in mammals could be made by taking into account their toxicities in both cell cultures and in G. mellonella larvae.


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Name: Chemosphere
ISSN: 1879-1298
Pages: 469-472


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