Microbial Assays in Research and in the Characterization of Complex Mixtures

  • Herbert S. Rosenkranz
  • Elena C. McCoy
  • Robert Mermelstein
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 27)


Because of the unusually high reliability of short-term microbial assays for predicting the potential carcinogenicity of environmental agents, the emphasis of recent reports has been on standardization of experimental procedures, interlaboratory reproducibility, and the generation of a data base for a wide variety of chemicals (de Serres and Shelby, 1979a,b; Mattern et al., 1978; Seiler et al., 1980). Indeed, studies in this laboratory have dealt with experimental factors which may affect the mutagenic and genotoxic responses of potential carcinogens (Rosenkranz et al., 1976a,b, 1979a,b, 1980; Rosenkranz and Leifer, 1980; Rosenkranz and Poirier, 1979). All too often, however, we tend to forget that short-term assays can be used as research tools in the development of new concepts related to the molecular basis of DNA-adduct formation, its repair, and alternate mechanisms responsible for cancer Induction. In addition, the data base itself, if developed properly, may be an excellent source of information for the development of theoretical models which could form the basis of a more rational approach to risk evaluation.


Test Strain Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship Mutagenicity Assay Silver Sulfadiazine Somatic Mutation Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herbert S. Rosenkranz
    • 1
  • Elena C. McCoy
    • 1
  • Robert Mermelstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for the Environmental Health Sciences, School of MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Joseph C. Wilson Center for TechnologyXerox CorporationRochesterUSA

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