Characteristics of the Nucleic Acids of Eggs from House Flies1 Fed Aziridinyl Compounds2

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The nucleic acids from the eggs of normal and chemosterilized Musca domestica L. were studied after methylated albumen-kielselguhr (MAK) column chromatog . raphy and sucrose-density-gradient (SDG) centrifugation. The flies were chemosterilized by feeding apholate, tepa, or thiotepa for 36 hours after they emerged. Tepa-14C and thiotepa-32P also were used to determine if the chemical or metabolic products were incorporated into the eggs. No DNA synthesis was found in any of the chemosterilized eggs as determined by MAK column chromatography, but the sedimentation pattern of the RNA and intermediates after SDG was very similar to that of normal eggs. A small quantity of 14C from tepa- 14C was incorporated into the chemosterilized eggs, of which 80% was associated with low-molecular-weight intermediates of the nucleic acids.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1971

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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