Nonrandom distribution of chromosomal aberrations induced by three chemicals

Julianne Meyne, L. H. Lockhart, F. E. Arrighi

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The G-band locations of 3244 breakpoints induced by cis-platinum (II) diamminedichloride (PDD), 1460 breakpoints induced by cytosine arabinoside (ara-C), and 1257 breakpoints induced by triethylenemelamine (TEM) in human lymphocyte chromosomes were identified. The breakpoints induced by each of these chemicals demonstrated a significantly nonrandom distribution within the human karyotype. The overall pattern of the interarm distribution was dependent upon the chemical used, but certain chromosome arms exhibited similar responses to all 3 chemicals. Comparison of the frequencies of breakpoints within individual G-bands indicated that (1) certain bands were susceptible to damage induced by all 3 chemicals; (2) certain bands were resistant to damage by all 3 chemicals; (3) certain bands demonstrated variable susceptibility to induced damage dependent upon the chemical agent; and (4) other bands demonstrated near expected frequencies of damage (by length) to all 3 agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-209
Number of pages9
JournalMutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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