The present study was carried out to evaluate the suitability of the unstable white-zeste system in Drosophila melanogaster by testing 4 organophosphorus insecticides for potential genotoxic activity: dimethoate, fenitrothion, malathion, and methyl parathion. In view of the high sensitivity to insecticides of the unstable zeste strain used in this assay and the negative results obtained in this work, the white-zeste system does not appear to be sufficiently accurate for the evaluation of the mutagenic potential of specifically toxic chemicals, like insecticides. © 1988.
- Drosophila melanogaster white-zeste system
- Mutagenicity testing
- Organophosphorus insecticides