Repeated dose 28-day oral toxicity study of a botanical composition composed ofMorus albaandAcacia catechuin rats

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Abstract

Patients with osteoarthritis experience debilitating pain and loss of joint function that requires chronic treatment. While nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been effective for temporary symptomatic relief, their long term usage has been limited by their associated side-effects. UP1306, a standardized novel composition from the extracts of root barks of Morus alba and the heartwoods of Acacia catechu, has been used in over the counter joint care dietary supplements as a safer alternative. These two medicinal plants have long track records of safe human consumption. Here we evaluated the potential adverse effects of orally administered UP1306 in Sprague Dawley rats following a 28-day repeated oral dose toxicity study. UP1306 at doses of 500, 1000 and 2000 mg/kg/day were administered orally to rats for 4 weeks. A 2-week recovery group from the high dose (2000 mg/kg) and vehicle treated groups were included. No morbidity or mortality was observed for the duration of the study. No significant differences between groups in body weights, food consumption, hematology, clinical chemistry, organ weights, gross pathology and histopathology were documented. Minor aberrations from the normal observed for the main groups were considered reversible as they were not evident in the recovery period. In conclusion, the no-observed-adverse-effect-level (NOAEL) of UP1306 was considered to be the highest dose tested, 2000 mg/kg/day, both for male and female rats.

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