Experientia

, Volume 31, Issue 9, pp 1064–1065 | Cite as

The methylation of mercuric chloride by human intestinal bacteria

  • I. R. Rowland
  • P. Grasso
  • M. J. Davies
Pharmacologica

Summary

Most strains of staphylococci, streptococci, yeasts andE. coli isolated from human faeces, could synthesize methylmercury compounds. In contrast, few strains of obligate anaerobes could do so. Up to 6 ng methylmercury/ml were formed in 44 h from 2 μg mercuric chloride.

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Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. R. Rowland
    • 1
  • P. Grasso
    • 1
  • M. J. Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.British Industrial Biological Research AssociationCarshaltonEngland

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