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Studies of acute and subchronic systemic toxicity associated with a copper/low-density polyethylene nanocomposite intrauterine device

Authors Hu LX, Hu SF, Rao M, Yang J, Lei H, Duan Z, Xia W, Zhu C

Received 26 March 2018

Accepted for publication 5 July 2018

Published 31 August 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 4913—4926


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Lei Yang

Li-Xia Hu,1,* Shi-Fu Hu,2,* Meng Rao,2,3 Jing Yang,2,4 Hui Lei,2,5 Zhuo Duan,6 Wei Xia,2,7 Changhong Zhu2,7

1Department of Histology and Embryology, Preclinical Medicine College, Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, Henan, People’s Republic of China; 2Family Planning Research Institute, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Reproduction and Genetics, the First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming, Yunnan, People’s Republic of China; 4Department of Gynecology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan, People’s Republic of China; 5Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Taikang Tongji Hospital, Wuhan, Hubei, People’s Republic of China; 6Dayu Medical Devices Co., Ltd., Jingzhou, Hubei, People’s Republic of China; 7Reproductive Medicine Center, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Introduction: The physiologic safety of devices and materials intended for clinical implantation should be evaluated. This study, a logical extension of our previous work, aimed to investigate the safety of a novel contraceptive device, the copper/low-density polyethylene nanocomposite intrauterine device (nano-Cu/LDPE IUD), through studies of its potential toxicity after acute and subchronic administration in mice and rats.
Methods: For the acute toxicity study, single 50 mL/kg doses of nano-Cu/LDPE IUD extracts were administered to mice via intravenous or intraperitoneal injection. General behavioral adverse effects, mortality, and body weights were evaluated for up to 72 hours. In the 13-week subchronic toxicity study, the nano-Cu/LDPE composite with 10-fold higher than the standard clinical dose was implanted subcutaneously into the dorsal skin of Wistar rats. The control group underwent a sham procedure without material insertion.
Results: During all acute study observation times, the biologic reactions of the mice in the nano-Cu/LDPE group did not differ from those observed in the control group. The groups did not differ statistically in terms of body weight gain, and no macroscopic changes were observed in any organs. In the subchronic study, no clinical signs of toxicity or mortality were observed in either the nano-Cu/LDPE or control group during the 13-week period. The nano-Cu/LDPE composite did not cause any alterations in body weight, food consumption, hematologic and biochemical parameters, or organ weight relative to the control for any observed sample group. Histopathologic examinations of the organs revealed normal architecture, indicating that the inserted material did not cause morphologic disturbances in the rats.
Conclusion: Overall, the results indicate that the nano-Cu/LDPE IUD did not induce systemic toxicity under experimental conditions of the recommended standard practices, suggesting that the novel material IUD is safe and feasible for future contraceptive applications.

intrauterine device, copper/low-density polyethylene nanocomposite intrauterine device, acute toxicity, subchronic toxicity

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