Mutagenicity of Airborne Particulate Matter in Relation to Traffic and Meteorological Conditions

  • Ingrid Alfheim
  • Mona Møller
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 22)


It is now well established that environmental factors are major causes of cancer in man (Higginson and Muir, 1973). Epidemiological studies have shown that the incidence of lung cancer is higher in urban than in rural areas (Henderson et al., 1975). Urban air contains large amounts of particulate pollutants, which are believed to contribute to this higher lung-cancer incidence (Menck et al., 1974). Furthermore, the carcinogenic potential of organic extracts from airborne particles has been demonstrated in animal experiments (Hueper et al., 1962). These observations have made it increasingly important to identify carcinogenic compounds in ambient air. Since animal studies are expensive and time-consuming, short-term tests for mutagenicity in microbial systems are currently used to identify possible carcinogens.


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Mutagenic Activity Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Concentration Street Level Airborne Particulate Matter 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingrid Alfheim
    • 1
  • Mona Møller
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Institute for Industrial ResearchOsloNorway

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