A Cytoplasmically Transmitted, Diet-Dependent Difference in Response to the Teratogenic Effects of 6-Aminonicotinamide

Science  12 Apr 1968:
Vol. 160, Issue 3824, pp. 206-207
DOI: 10.1126/science.160.3824.206


The frequency of congenital cleft palate produced by maternal treatment with 6-aminonicotinamide during pregnancy is lower in the C57BL/6J than in the A/J inbred mouse strain. In the C57BL/6J strain the frequency is lower when the mothers are maintained on Purina Lab Chow than when they are on Breeder Chow. A/J females do not show this effect of diet. There is a matroclinous reciprocal cross difference in frequency of induced cleft palate which persists in the back-cross when the F1 mothers are maintained on Lab Chow but not on Breeder Chow.