Toxaphene, a complex mixture of polychloroterpenes and a major insecticide, is mutagenic.

Abstract

Toxaphene, the most widely used chlorinated insecticide, is mutagenic in the Salmonella test without requiring liver homogenate for activity. This insecticide is a complex mixture (more than 177 polychloroterpenes) with carcinogenic activity in rodents. Some but not all of the mutagenic components are easily separated from the insecticidal ingredients.

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@article{Hooper1979ToxapheneAC, title={Toxaphene, a complex mixture of polychloroterpenes and a major insecticide, is mutagenic.}, author={N . K . Hooper and Bruce N. Ames and Md. Abu Saleh and John E. Casida}, journal={Science}, year={1979}, volume={205 4406}, pages={591-3} }