Let G be a group and P be a property of groups. If every proper subgroup of G
satisfies P but G itself does not satisfy it, then G is called a minimal non-P group. In
this work we study locally nilpotent minimal non-P groups, where P stands for
‘hypercentral’ or ‘nilpotent-by-Chernikov’. In the first case we show that if G is a
minimal non-hypercentral Fitting group in which every proper subgroup is solvable,
then G is solvable (see Theorem 1.1 below). This result generalizes [3, Theorem 1]. In
the second case we show that if every proper subgroup of G is nilpotent-by-Chernikov, then G is nilpotent-by-Chernikov (see Theorem 1.3 below). This settles a
question which was considered in [1–3, 10]. Recently
in , the non-periodic case of
the above question has been settled but the same work contains an assertion without
proof about the periodic case.
The main results of this paper are given below (see also ).