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Sensitization of the Skin of Mice to Light by Carcinogenic Agents

Naturevolume 140page588 (1937) | Download Citation



WHITE mice painted twice a week for three weeks with benzpyrene in benzene are found to be sensitized to light. The mouse is painted and exposed to direct sunlight for a half to one hour ; during the exposure the skin of the painted area becomes red and markedly “dematous. There is no latent period to this reaction ; within a few minutes of the exposure the mouse becomes ill at ease, scratches the painted region and tries to hide it from the sun. The next day, the area shows a definite dermatitis.

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  1. Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, Middlesex

    • I. DONIACH
    •  & J. C. MOTTRAM


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