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Volume 2 (2002), Pages 1036-1039
http://dx.doi.org/10.1100/tsw.2002.206
Short Communication

Genotoxicity and Mutagenicity of Suspended Particulate Matter of River Water and Waste Water Samples

Department of Environmental and Molecular Gentoxicity (AMMUG), University of Mainz, Obere Zahlbacher Str. 63, D-55101 Mainz, Germany

Received 13 November 2001; Revised 6 March 2002; Accepted 10 March 2002

Copyright © 2002 Georg Reifferscheid and Britta v. Oepen.

Abstract

Suspended particulate matter of samples of river water and waste water treatment plants was tested for genotoxicity and mutagenicity using the standardized umu assay and two versions of the Ames microsuspension assay. The study tries to determine the entire DNA-damaging potential of the water samples and the distribution of DNA-damaging substances among the liquid phase and solid phase. Responsiveness and sensitivity of the bioassays are compared.