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Isoniazid (CAS 54-85-3)
SMILES, InChI and Structure are below.
Rats and Mice: Cancer Test Summary
Rat Target Sites Mouse Target Sites TD50 (mg/kg/day)
Male Female Male Female Rat Mouse
liv lun mgl liv lun mgl(B) liv lun mgl(B) 150m 27.1m,v

Hamsters: Cancer Test Summary
Hamster Target Sites TD50
(mg/kg/day)
Male Female
no positive no positive no positive

Key to the Table Above

Positivity: For each chemical with a positive (carcinogenic) experiment in the Carcinogenic Potency Database (CPDB), results are included on carcinogenic potency (TD50) in each species and target sites in males and females. Positivity is determined by an author’s opinion in a published paper. If all experimental results in the CDPB are negative in a sex-species group, “no positive” appears. If the CPDB has no experiments in the sex-species group, “no test” appears. The summary presents the strongest evidence of carcinogenicity in each group. If there are both positive and negative experiments in a sex-species, the negative results are ignored in this Summary Table.
Target Site Codes:   liv = liver. lun = lung. mgl = mammary gland. (B) = experimental results were reported only for both sexes together. Target sites are listed if any author of published experimental results concluded that tumors were induced in that organ by the test agent. If there is more than one positive experiment in a sex-species, target sites listed may be from more than one experiment, e.g. if liver and lung are both listed, then liver may have been a target in one experiment and lung in another.
TD50: Our standardized measure of carcinogenic potency, TD50, is the daily dose rate in mg/kg body weight/day to induce tumors in half of test animals that would have remained tumor-free at zero dose. Whenever there is more than one positive experiment in a species, the reported TD50 value is a Harmonic Mean calculated using the TD50 value from the most potent target site in each positive experiment.
Superscripts:   m = There is more than one positive experiment in the species, and TD50 values from each positive experiment are used in the calculation of the reported Harmonic mean of TD50. v = Variation is greater than ten-fold among statistically significant (two-tailed p<0.1) TD50 values from different positive experiments.

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For each experiment, information is included on species, strain, and sex of test animal; features of experimental protocol such as route of administration, duration of dosing, dose level(s) in mg/kg body weight/day, and duration of experiment; experimental results are provided on target organ, tumor type, and tumor incidence; carcinogenic potency (TD50) and its statistical significance; shape of the dose-response, author’s opinion as to carcinogenicity, and literature citation.

Only tests with dosing for at least ¼ the standard lifespan of the species and experiment length at least ½ the lifespan are included in the CPDB. Only routes of administration with whole body exposure are included. Doses are standardized, average dose rates in mg/kg/day. A description of methods used in the CPDB to standardize the diverse literature of animal cancer tests is presented for: 1) Criteria for inclusion of experiments 2) Standardization of average daily dose levels and 3) TD50 estimation for a standard lifespan. See Methods for other details.

TD50 provides a standardized quantitative measure that can be used for comparisons and analyses of many issues in carcinogenesis. The range of TD50 values across chemicals that are rodent carcinogens is more than 100 million-fold. More than half the chemicals tested are positive in at least one experiment.

A plot of all results on each experiment in the CPDB for this chemical is presented below. These results are the source information for the Cancer Test Summary table above.

Isoniazid: All Experiments and Citations in CPDB

The definition of each code in the plot below will appear in a pop-up window when the field name in the header line is clicked, e.g., Strain, Site, Path. Each numbered line starts a new experiment and reports protocol information in black. Average daily dose-rates per kg body weight per day are in green. Remaining lines report experimental results in blue.

Abbreviations of fields in header line: # = the line number in the plot of all CPDB chemicals; Xpo = duration of dosing; Xpt = duration of experiment; Site = tissue; Path = tumor type; DR = dose-response; AuOp = author’s opinion about carcinogenicity; LoConf, UpConf = confidence limits (99%) on TD50; Inc = tumor incidence for each dose group.

See Guide to reading the plot for details on each field, using an example of one experiment.

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Chemical (Synonym) CAS
# Species Sex Strain Route Xpo+Xpt PaperNum        0 Dose  1 Dose 2 Dose  3 Dose          Literature Reference or NCI/NTP:Site Path
Site Path Notes   TD50  DR Pval    AuOp LoConf UpConf   Cntrl   1 Inc  2 Inc   3 Inc                                                        Brkly Code

ISONIAZID (INH) 54-85-3 3368 H f syg wat 28m28 170 0 136.mg Toth;ejca,5,165-171;1969 for pam e 575.mg P<.02 - 195.mg n.s.s. 2/54 5/22 liv tum e no dre P=1. 1.37gm n.s.s. 0/72 0/36 lun tum e no dre P=1. 1.37gm n.s.s. 0/72 0/36 3369 H m syg wat 30m30 170 0 120.mg liv hem e no dre P=1. - 425.mg n.s.s. 2/25 0/11 lun tum e no dre P=1. 1.51gm n.s.s. 0/67 0/39 3370 M f akr wat 70w70 169 0 200.mg Toth;ijcn,2,413-420;1967 lun tum e 89.6mg P<.4 - 13.2mg n.s.s. 0/1 1/2 liv tum no dre P=1. 560.mg n.s.s. 0/30 0/30 3371 M m akr wat 59w59 169 0 167.mg lun tum e 202.mg P<.2 - 32.6mg n.s.s. 0/9 1/6 liv hem e no dre P=1. - 155.mg n.s.s. 1/14 0/14 3372 M m amm gav 79w79 584m 0 31.4mg 62.9mg Bhide;ijcn,21,381-386;1978 liv car r 159.mg \ P<.2 48.2mg n.s.s. 0/20 3/40 (0/40) lun car r 206.mg * P<.4 64.0mg n.s.s. 1/20 7/40 6/40 mix car r 219.mg * P<.5 + 55.8mg n.s.s. 1/20 10/40 6/40 3373 M f c3h wat 72w72 1115 0 200.mg Toth;scie,152,1376-1377;1966a lun ade e 755.mg P<.5 123.mg n.s.s. 0/4 1/12 3374 M m c3h wat 72w72 1115 0 167.mg lun ade e 219.mg P<.2 71.3mg n.s.s. 1/12 6/21 3375 M f cbc gav 36w84 1074 0 34.1mg Biancifiori;bjca,18,543-550;1964 lun mix e 11.2mg P<.0005 + 5.26mg 29.8mg 4/47 13/17 liv hpt e 187.mg P<.4 - 32.3mg n.s.s. 2/47 2/17 3376 M m cbc gav 36w74 1074 0 32.2mg lun mix e 12.2mg P<.0005 + 5.80mg 32.7mg 1/37 11/18 liv hpt e 165.mg P<.6 - 22.1mg n.s.s. 4/37 3/18 3377 M b nss gav 52w52 1425 0 30.1mg Pershin;vopr,XVIII,50-53;1972 lun ade e 19.3mg P<.0005 + 11.1mg 47.4mg 5/94 27/98 mgl adc e 80.9mg P<.06 + 30.1mg n.s.s. 2/94 8/98 tba mix e 14.1mg P<.0005 + 8.62mg 29.9mg 7/94 35/98 3378 M f swa wat 23m25 169 0 100.mg 300.mg Toth;ijcn,2,413-420;1967 lun ade ae 386.mg * P<.0005 + 201.mg 1.37gm 14/108 17/39 13/32 liv hem ae no dre P=1. - 413.mg n.s.s. 3/88 0/30 0/18 3379 M f swa wat 80w80 1127 0 200.mg Toth;canr,26,1473-1475;1966 lun mix e 153.mg P<.0005 + 82.3mg 426.mg 9/68 23/47 lun ade e 189.mg P<.0005 + 97.3mg 635.mg 8/68 20/47 lun adc e 435.mg P<.01 165.mg 27.1gm 1/48 6/32 liv hem e no dre P=1. - 534.mg n.s.s. 3/48 1/32 3380 M m swa wat 86w87 169 0 83.3mg 250.mg Toth;ijcn,2,413-420;1967 lun ade aes 104.mg \ P<.0005 + 49.2mg 437.mg 10/90 15/38 (3/14) liv mix aes no dre P=1. 555.mg n.s.s. 2/85 1/38 0/10 3381 M m swa wat 80w80 1127 0 167.mg Toth;canr,26,1473-1475;1966 lun ade e 124.mg P<.0005 + 67.5mg 311.mg 8/80 21/44 liv hem e no dre P=1. - 203.mg n.s.s. 2/35 0/10 3382 M b swi gav 97w97 1525 0 27.6mg Maru;clet,17,75-80;1982 lun tum r 24.5mg P<.0005 + 13.0mg 55.8mg 1/47 15/30 liv tum r no dre P=1. 116.mg n.s.s. 7/47 1/30 3383 M b swi gav 95w95 1552 0 27.6mg Menon;zkko,105,258-261;1983 lun adc r 28.8mg P<.0005 + 17.2mg 80.7mg 1/20 27/60 3384 M f swi gav 83w83 584m 0 37.7mg Bhide;ijcn,21,381-386;1978 lun car r 53.1mg P<.0005 23.9mg 174.mg 0/30 8/30 mix car r 53.1mg P<.0005 + 23.9mg 174.mg 0/30 8/30 liv car r no dre P=1. 149.mg n.s.s. 0/30 0/30 3385 M f swi gav 81w83 584n 0 37.0mg mix car gr 39.9mg P<.0005 + 19.3mg 105.mg 0/30 10/30 lun car gr 88.6mg P<.008 33.6mg 1.32gm 0/30 5/30 liv car gr 88.6mg P<.008 33.6mg 1.32gm 0/30 5/30 3386 M m swi gav 85w85 584m 0 15.7mg 31.4mg mix car r 24.0mg * P<.0005 + 13.9mg 53.4mg 1/30 6/30 16/30 lun car r 28.9mg * P<.0005 16.2mg 70.0mg 1/30 4/30 15/30 liv car r 211.mg * P<.3 63.8mg n.s.s. 0/30 2/30 1/30 3387 M m swi gav 79w79 584o 0 15.7mg 31.4mg mix car fr 25.7mg * P<.003 + 14.1mg 107.mg 0/15 6/25 9/25 lun car fr 41.1mg * P<.007 20.0mg 420.mg 0/15 3/25 7/25 liv car fr 88.8mg * P<.3 33.7mg n.s.s. 0/15 3/25 2/25 3388 M m swi gav 79w79 584r 0 31.4mg mix car br 21.2mg P<.005 + 10.1mg 158.mg 1/15 12/25 lun car br 39.2mg P<.05 15.4mg n.s.s. 1/15 8/25 liv car br 71.3mg P<.05 24.6mg n.s.s. 0/15 4/25 3389 R f cbs wat 48w64 157 0 149.mg Severi;jnci,41,331-349;1968 mgl fba s 120.mg P<.002 + 60.1mg 399.mg 0/22 11/40 lun tum s no dre P=1. 465.mg n.s.s. 0/22 0/40 liv tum s no dre P=1. 465.mg n.s.s. 0/22 0/40 3390 R m cbs wat 48w84 157 0 99.4mg liv tum es 199.mg P<.07 + 32.1mg n.s.s. 0/21 1/5 lun mix s 1.07gm P<.2 + 262.mg n.s.s. 0/28 2/49

Mutagenicity in Salmonella: positive
SMILES Code for Isoniazid: O=C(C1=CC=NC=C1)NN
InChI Code for Isoniazid: InChI=1/C6H7N3O/c7-9-6(10)5-1-3-8-4-2-5/h1-4H,7H2,(H,9,10)
Source for SMILES and InChI: USEPA Distributed Structure-Searchable Toxicity (DSSTox) Database
Chemical Structure for Isoniazid: Chemical Structure
Source for structure: National Library of Medicine ChemIDPlus

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