Exploring relationships between mutagenic and carcinogenic potencies

Walter W. Piegorsch, David G. Hoel

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Salmonella mutagenic and rodent carcinogenic potencies are calculated for 112 compounds recently studied by the U.S. National Toxicology Program. 28 of the 112 compounds are seen to exhibit simultaneous non-zero mutagenic and carcinogenic potencies. These are combined with an earlier list of mutagenic and carcinogenic compounds (McCann et al., 1988) in order to study possible trends in the data. A significant positive correlation is exhibited between mutagenic and carcinogenic potencies in the combined date, although the observed scatter is too great for the overall result to be predictive. Classification by chemical class further indicates positive correlations near one for chemicals classified as nitroaromatic and related compounds. Patterns in mutagenic and carcinogenic potency over time are also examined. Mean potencies of recently-studied compounds are seen to trend lower than those of compounds studied 10 or more years ago.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-175
Number of pages15
JournalMutation Research/Reviews in Genetic Toxicology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1988


  • Bioassays
  • Chemical class analysis
  • Correlation
  • Genetic toxicology
  • Predictivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Genetics


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