Adenosine Triphosphate: Protection against Radiation-Induced Chromosome Loss in Drosophila

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Science  20 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3725, pp. 1087-1088
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3725.1087


Injection of 5 milligrams of adenosine triphosphate per milliliter into adult Drosophila melanogaster Xe2 yB/sc8 y+ 4 to 8 hours old either immediately before or after administration of 2000 roentgens of x-rays protected those cells in spermatogenesis which were in or near meiosis from the loss of the ring X or the y+ portion of Y chromosome. The loss of the chromosomes was determined by appearance of exceptional XO males in the offspring.