2009 Volume 34 Issue Special Pages SP31-SP42
In order to assess ovarian pathological changes and their relationship to changes in female fertility parameters, mifepristone, a progesterone receptor antagonist, was selected as the test article and was administered orally to female rats at dose levels of 0, 0.8, 4, 20 and 100 mg/kg for 2 or 4 weeks in repeated dose-toxicity studies and in a female fertility study at dose levels of 0, 0.8, 4 and 20 mg/kg from > 2 weeks before copulation to postcoital day 7. In the repeated dose toxicity studies, persistent estrus was seen in the vaginal smears, and multiple cysts in the ovaries at necropsy, increases in luteinized cysts and hypertrophy of previously formed corpora lutea were observed in the histopathological examination of ovaries in rats receiving 20 mg/kg or more for 2 or 4 weeks. In female fertility studies, persistent vaginal cornification was also observed at 20 mg/kg and the precoital interval was significantly shortened. All of the animals were completely infertile when dosed with 20 mg/kg during the post-coital period. An increase in pre-implantation losses was observed in the animals treated with 20 mg/kg during the pre-coital phase, while treatment with 4 mg/kg mifepristone during the post-coital phase induced an increase in post-implantation losses. These results suggested that a 2-week administration period would be sufficient to detect the ovarian toxicity of mifepristone in repeated dose toxicity study and the pathological findings in the ovaries would reflect the alterations in female reproductive endpoints in the female fertility study.