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Snow samples from settlements of the Murmansk region-genotoxic effects in Drosophila germ cells

  • Tatyana A. Nikitina , Maria V. Smirnova EMAIL logo , Andrey A. Ingiri , Sergey S. Sandimirov , Irina R. Elizarova , Liubov P. Kudryavtseva , Dina A. Petrashova and Nadezhda A. Yurtseva


The Drosophila melanogaster organism is highly sensitive Biotester to mutagens or mutagenic carcinogens and can reveal mutations in both somatic and germ cells. The results of assessing the genotoxicity of snow samples from different inhabiled localities of Murmansk region – a region of with increased anthropogenic load – are shown in the article. In addition to the detection of genotoxic effects in different settlements, a highly significant correlation with the content of a number of metal ions in the samples, which makes the obtained results especially relevant.

Corresponding author: Maria V. Smirnova, Federal Research Centre “Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences”, Apatity, Murmansk Region, Russia, e-mail:

Article note: Snow cover, atmospheric precipitation, aerosols: chemistry and climate: reports of the III Baikal international scientific conference endorsed by IUPAC (March 23–27, 2020).


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Published Online: 2021-07-21
Published in Print: 2022-03-28

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