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MeHg     methylmercury

Synonyms: Methyl mercury, CHEBI:49747, HSDB 3930, AC1L1NGS, LS-89823, ...
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High impact information on methylmercury


Biological context of methylmercury

  • Binding of methylmercury(II) by HeLa S3 suspension-culture cells: intracellular methylmercury levels and their effect on DNA replication and protein synthesis [6].
  • Although the primary human exposure is from ingestion of fish contaminated with methyl mercury (HgCH3), exposures to elemental mercury vapor and mercury compounds via inhalation and dermal contact may also occur [7].

Associations of methylmercury with other chemical compounds

  • A High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) system coupled with Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) detection has been developed to further resolve the species information into soluble inorganic species (Hg(2+)), methylmercury(II) (MeHg(+)) and ethylmercury(II) (EtHg(+)) species [8].


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  2. Heavy metal-nucleoside interactions. Binding of methylmercury(II) to inosine and catalysis of the isotopic exchange of the C-8 hydrogen studied by 1-H nuclear magnetic resonance and raman difference spectrophotometry. Mansy, S., Tobias, R.S. Biochemistry (1975) [Pubmed]
  3. Kinetics and mechanism of the mercury(II)-assisted hydrolysis of methyl iodide. Celo, V., Scott, S.L. Inorganic chemistry. (2005) [Pubmed]
  4. Aneuploidy in Drosophila, II. Further validation of the FIX and ZESTE genetic test systems employing female Drosophila melanogaster. Osgood, C., Zimmering, S., Mason, J.M. Mutat. Res. (1991) [Pubmed]
  5. 15. Reactions of calf thymus DNA with the electrophiles methylmercury(ii) nitrate, cis-dichlorodiammineplatinum(ii), and trans-dichlorodiammineplatinum(ii) studied using raman difference spectroscopy Evidence for the formation of c-DNA upon metalation. O'connor, T., Bina, M., McMillin, D.R., Moller Haley, M.R., Tobias, R.S. Biophys. Chem. (1982) [Pubmed]
  6. Binding of methylmercury(II) by HeLa S3 suspension-culture cells: intracellular methylmercury levels and their effect on DNA replication and protein synthesis. Gruenwedel, D.W., Glaser, J.F., Cruikshank, M.K. Chem. Biol. Interact. (1981) [Pubmed]
  7. Release of mercury from broken fluorescent bulbs. Aucott, M., McLinden, M., Winka, M. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (1995) (2003) [Pubmed]
  8. Speciation of mercury in soil and sediment by selective solvent and acid extraction. Han, Y., Kingston, H.M., Boylan, H.M., Rahman, G.M., Shah, S., Richter, R.C., Link, D.D., Bhandari, S. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. (2003) [Pubmed]
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