This extraction solvent was evaluated for acceptable daily intake
    for man by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives in
    1980 (see Annex, Ref. 54). No toxicological monograph was issued.

         Since the previous evaluation, data have become available and are
    summarized and discussed in the following monograph.




         Orally administered n-propanyl alcohol is rapidly absorbed. In
    a study in rats, the rate of metabolism was 510 (8.5 mmol) kg/h with
    complete elimination from the blood, five hours post-dosing (Beauge et
    al., 1979). Metabolites identified include 1-propanaldehyde,
    1-propionic acid, as well as acetaldehyde and acetic acid (Rietbrock &
    Abshagen, 1971; Saito, 1975). Alcohol dehydrogenase (Auty & Branch,
    1976) and possibly catalase (Vatsis & Schulman, 1975) are involved in
    this metabolic process.

    Effects on enzymes and other biochemical parameters

         Varying biochemical effects of n-propyl alcohol have been
    investigated including swelling of mitochondria (Thore &
    Baltscheffsky, 1965), stimulation of erythrocyte peroxidation
    (Giannitsis, 1977), and disruption of their membranes (Slobozhanina et
    al., 1975), decreases in polypeptide chain elongation (Igarashi et
    al., 1975), increases in adenylate cyclase activity (Stock & Schmidt,
    1978), depletion of cerebral calcium levels (Ross, 1976), decreases in
    myocardial potassium levels (Golovinskaya, 1976), and degradation of
    myelin sheaths (Rumsby & Finean, 1966). n-propyl alcohol has been
    found to increase triglyceride levels in the liver of rats (Gaillard &
    Derache, 1966; Beauge et al., 1974, 1979). Alteration of the cell
    cycle and decreases in fibroblast proliferation have been reported at
    subtoxic concentrations (Blanquet & Collyn-d'Hooghe, 1979).
    Cytotoxicity to cultured neuroblastoma cells and various water
    organisms has also been described (Koerker et al., 1976; Canton &
    Adema, 1978).


    Special studies on mutagenicity

         n-propyl alcohol was found to be inactive when tested at high
    concentrations in the Ames assay in Salmonella typhimurium strain
    TA-100 (Stolzenberg & Hine, 1979). In another Ames assay this alcohol
    was negative for mutagenic activity in strains TA-1535, TA-1537,
    TA-1538, TA-98 and D4 with or without the rat liver activation system
    (Litton Bionetics, 1978a). It did not increase mutations at the TK
    locus in L5178Y mouse lymphoma cells with or without activation at
    doses up to 12.5 Ál/ml (Litton Bionetics, 1978b). It was found to
    inactivate E. coli CA 274 in a concentration-dependent manner and to
    increase the reverse mutation rate (Hilscher et al., 1969).

    Acute toxicity

    Animal     Route        (g/kg bw)            Reference

    Mouse      Oral       4.5 g/kg         Weese, 1928

    Rat        Oral       5.4 g/kg         McNerney et al., 1962

               Oral       6.65 ml/kg       Golovinskaya, 1976

               Oral       1.9 g/kg         Smyth et al., 1954

               i.p.       MLD 4.0 ml/kg    Lendle, 1928

    Rabbit     Dermal     6.7 g/kg         McNerney et al., 1962

               Dermal     5.0 ml/kg        Smyth et al., 1954

               Oral       MLD 3.5 ml/kg    Munch & Schwartze, 1925

               i.v.       MLD 4.0 ml/kg    Lehman & Newman, 1937

    Cat        i.v.       MLD 1.6 ml/kg    Macht, 1920

         The signs of n-propyl alcohol intoxication in animals exposed
    to sufficient concentrations of the vapour include: irritation of the
    mucous membranes, ataxia, lethargy, prostration, narcosis, and death
    (Treon, 1963). Rats exposed to a minimum of 20 000 ppm (2%) of
    n-propyl alcohol in air for one hour survived the exposure and a 14-
    day observation period. Weight gain was reduced, however, no gross
    lesions were observed upon necroscopy (McNerney et al., 1962).

    Short-term studies


         Groups of four-month old male Wistar rats were given a 1 M
    solution of n-propyl alcohol in water as their sole drinking fluid
    for four months. Lower weight gain to caloric intake ratio was
    observed in the dosed versus water control animals. The animals were
    killed and their livers examined histologically. No inflammation,
    cirrhosis, or other effects were noted (Teshke et al., 1974). In a
    similar study, albino rats were given 1 or 2 M solutions of n-propyl
    alcohol as their drinking water for several months. At necroscopy no
    liver effects were observed but in some animals Mallory's alcoholic
    hyaline bodies were seen (Hillbom et al., 1974).

    Long-term studies


         Groups of Wistar rats were given n-propyl alcohol s.c.
    (0.06 ml/kg) and p.o. (0.3 ml/kg) twice per week from 10 weeks of age
    until death. Liver carcinomas and sarcomas, spleen sarcomas,
    proventricular carcinomas, and myeloid leukaemias were observed.
    Control rats were only subject to proventricular papillomas and
    mammary fibroadenomas. Malignant tumours were produced in 5/18 rats
    treated p.o. and in 15/31 rats treated by the s.c. route (Gibel et
    al., 1974, 1975). However, because of the limited data available for
    this study, it does not provide a basis for evaluating the
    carcinogenic potential of n-propanol.


         One fatal case of poisoning by ingestion of 400 to 500 ml of
    n-propyl alcohol has been reported and was reviewed by Browning
    (1965). No industrial instances of poisoning or epidemiological
    studies could be identified in the literature. The current TLV is
    200 ppm (0.02%) (Amer. Conf. Gov. Ind. Hyd,, 1980).


         n-propyl alcohol is rapidly absorbed and metabolized.
    Metabolites identified include 1-propanaldehyde, 1-propionic acid, as
    well as acetaldehyde and acetic acid. In a short-term study, propyl
    alcohol in the water of rats caused no liver damage. Life-time
    administration of n-propanol to the Wistar rat by oral or
    subcutaneous routes was stated to result in a marked increase in the
    incidence of malignant tumours. However, because of the very limited
    data available for this study, it does not provide a basis for
    evaluating the carcinogenic potential of n-propanol. n-propyl
    alcohol has been shown to be inactive in Ames assay with and without
    activation, and in the mouse lymphoma cell system.


    No ADI allocated.


         Life-time feeding studies in two rodent species at appropriate
    dose levels.


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       Toxicological Abbreviations