Author(s): Mller P, Wallin H
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Abstract Azo pigments are used extensively as coloring agents in inks, paints and cosmetics. We have surveyed the literature for genotoxic and cancer data on nine colorants, which are structurally related to 1-phenylazo-2-hydroxynaphthalene (C.I. Solvent yellow 14). C.I. Solvent yellow 14 is metabolized by oxidative and peroxidative enzymes. Metabolically activated C.I. Solvent yellow 14 forms both RNA and DNA adducts. It induces liver nodules in rats upon oral administration. Although there is a mixture of negative and positive findings in short-term tests and in animal cancer studies, C.I. Solvent yellow 14 should be considered genotoxic. C.I. Pigment red 3 should be considered carcinogenic but is only weakly genotoxic. C.I. Solvent yellow 7, C.I. Pigment orange 5, C.I. Pigment red 4, and C.I. Pigment red 23 should be considered genotoxic. C.I. Pigment red 53:1 is not genotoxic, and observations of spleen tumors in male rats but not in female rats or mice seem to be related to toxic effects of high doses of C.I. Pigment red 53:1 in this organ. The data in the literature indicate that Pigment red 57:1 is not genotoxic or carcinogenic. We did not find sufficient data for a relevant evaluation of C.I. Pigment red 2 and C.I. Pigment red 64:1. Some of the colorants have in common the 2-amino-1-naphthol structure. This compound is not genotoxic. On the other hand, reductive cleavage of the azo bonds or hydrolysis of anilido bonds would produce aromatic amines, most of which have been under suspicion for genotoxicity or carcinogenicity. For C.I. Pigment red 53:1 and 57:1, sulphonated aromatic amines would be formed that are not genotoxic.
This article was published in Mutat Res
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation