Are overdosed rodent studies relevant to humans?

I partially read more than a dozen studies this week of overdosed rodents producing p < .05 significant results. Net effect was to thwart the purpose of rodent studies – to help humans.

The latest came from search term “SIRT1” “DHEA” 2021 after I read a 2021 study Dehydroepiandrosterone protects against acetaminophen-induced liver damage in rats by upregulation of Bcl-2 and activation of sirt signalling that found:

“The study examined protective effect of exogenous administration of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) against acetaminophen (APAP) -induced liver damage in rats, and tested underlying mechanisms. DHEA prevents APAP-induced liver damage by concomitant upregulation of Bcl-2 and SIRT1-dependent effect.”

The daily DHEA dose was 50 mg/kg, which is a (.162 x 50 mg) x 70 kg = 567 mg human equivalent. Eleven times the most frequent human dose of Take responsibility for your one precious life – DHEA. Anyone who took this study’s DHEA amount would hurt themself.

The one-time acetaminophen dose was 800 mg/kg which is a (.162 x 800 mg) x 70 kg = 9 grams human equivalent. Someone who took 18 pills of the most frequent 500 mg acetaminophen dose would be attempting suicide.

How does this help humans?

apap dhea overdoses


See posts like Problematic rodent sulforaphane studies and Human relevance of rodent sulforaphane studies for further evidence and observations.

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