Acute and 28-day repeated dose toxicology studies in mice with aryloxyalkanoate dioxygenase (AAD-1) protein expressed in 2,4-D tolerant DAS-40278-9 maize

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Abstract

DAS-40278-9 maize (corn) plants have been genetically modified by the insertion of the aad-1 gene (aryloxyalkanoate dioxygenase), which confers tolerance to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and aryloxyphenoxypropionate (AOPP) acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase (ACCase) inhibitors (“fop” herbicides) to enable the effective use of these herbicides on maize. The aad-1 gene, derived from Sphingobium herbicidovorans, encodes the aryloxyalkanoate dioxygenase (AAD-1) enzyme. As part of the safety assessment of the AAD-1 protein expressed in maize, acute and repeated dose mammalian toxicology studies were conducted. AAD-1 protein (heterologously produced) was orally administered to mice at a dose of 2000 mg/kg, and no acute lethality or adverse effects were observed. Similarly, no adverse effects were observed in mice in a 28-day repeated-dose dietary toxicity study that incorporated the AAD-1 protein into diets at concentrations up to 1000-fold greater than the highest estimate of human exposure to maize. These results support the conclusion that the AAD-1 protein, as expressed in biotechnology derived DAS-40278-9 maize, represents a negligible risk to human health.

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