An Evaluation of the Genotoxicity of BZD, DAT, DAB and CDA in the Sex-linked Recessive Lethal Test Using Drosophila melanogaster

  • James M. Parry
  • P. B. Sinclair


BZD, DAT, DAB and two samples of CDA (A and B) were assayed for their abilities to induce sex-linked recessive lethal mutations in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster using the technique of adult feeding.

BZD at concentrations of up to 2000 µg/ml was negative in the assay whereas its structural analogue DAT gave a positive response at concentrations of 500 and 1000 µg/ml. DAB and Sample A of CDA gave positive results at 1000 and 2000 µg/ml and 200 and 1000 µg/ml respectively, whereas Sample B of CDA showed no genetic activity when tested at 1000 µg/ml.


Test Compound Wild Type Male Adult Feeding Mutagenic Impurity Single Mutational Event 
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© United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Parry
    • 1
  • P. B. Sinclair
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeneticsUniversity College of SwanseaSwanseaUK
  2. 2.Microtest Research LtdUniversity RoadHeslingtonUK

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