The Influence of Lethal Mutations on the Quantification of Radiation Transformation Frequencies
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Transformation frequencies for gamma irradiated C3H 10T1/2 cells have been analysed, taking account of the occurrence of lethal mutations in these cells. Lethal mutations already noted by these authors in primary thyroid and established CHO K1 cells occur at high levels in C3H 10T1/2 cells and lead, therefore, to considerable underestimates of transformation frequency, particularly at high doses where this is expressed on a per surviving cell basis. The results may help to provide an explanation for the dose response plateau which is seen when these cells are irradiated and transformed foci per surviving cell are scored.
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