Carcinogenicity study of CKD-501, a novel dual peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors α and γ agonist, following oral administration to Sprague Dawley rats for 94–101 weeks

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CKD-501 is a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) agonist. The current study was conducted in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats for 94–101 weeks to investigate the carcinogenic potential of CKD-501. 60 males received 0, 0.03, 0.12, or 1.0 mg/kg/day, which was changed after 66 weeks to 0.24 mg/kg/day due to increased mortality, while 60 females received 0, 0.03, 0.06, or 0.12 mg/kg/day throughout the study period. After switching the dosage, no significant changes in the survival rates were observed. Non-neoplastic lesions such as bladder transitional cell hyperplasia and a diminished corpus luteum were observed in females administered 0.12 mg/kg/day and the right chamber dilation and left ventricular hypertrophy were increased dose dependently in both males and females. Non-neoplastic lesions such as bone marrow hypoplasia and fat cell proliferation and neoplastic lesions such as lipomas and liposarcomas observed in males and/or females were considered expected pharmacological effects for this compound. Compared to rosiglitazone, CKD-501 had a 4.4-fold higher margin of safety for tumor induction and did not cause bladder carcinoma as was observed with pioglitazone.

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