Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Induces Cytotoxicity and Genotoxicity in Human Lymphocytes


Poly-(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) is extensively used in edible fats and oils as an antifoaming agent. However, in vitro cyto-genotoxicity analyses of PDMS in primary human cells are limited. The present study was performed as a safety assessment encompassing the cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of PDMS on human peripheral blood lymphocytes. Isolated lymphocytes were exposed to different concentrations of PDMS from 0 to 20 mg/l at 37 °C for up to 24 h. Our results suggest a significant dose-dependent decline in cell viability at concentrations 2.5 mg/l and above as estimated by trypan blue dye exclusion test and MTT assay. The IC-50 of PDMS was found to be 20 mg/l after 24 h incubation. Moreover, a significant genotoxicity were observed at 2.5 mg/l and above as assessed by comet and DNA diffusion assays. Hence, consumption of PDMS may not be safe at concentrations above 2.5 mg/l. Further studies are needed to establish its in vivo cyto-genotoxicity mechanisms.

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Chakrabarti, A., Ghosh, I. & Mukherjee, A. Poly(dimethylsiloxane) Induces Cytotoxicity and Genotoxicity in Human Lymphocytes. Proc Zool Soc 73, 82–85 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12595-018-0285-8

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  • Poly(dimethylsiloxane)
  • Human lymphocyte
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Genotoxicity