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Mutat Res. 1987 Sep;189(1):11-4.

Base-substitution and frameshift mutagenesis by sodium chloride and potassium chloride in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.


Sodium chloride (NaCl) and potassium chloride (KCl) are both capable of inducing lethality and mutations when each is administered at a molarity of two for different lengths of time to logarithmic phase cells of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Analysis of the revertants indicates that the reversions can be base substitutions, of both the transition and the transversion type, as well as frameshift mutations. At equal molarity, with the frequency of mutations as the criterion, KCl and NaCl are equally efficient in inducing all types of mutations.

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