Experientia

, Volume 31, Issue 9, pp 1064–1065

The methylation of mercuric chloride by human intestinal bacteria

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

DOI: 10.1007/BF02326961

Cite this article as:
Rowland, I.R., Grasso, P. & Davies, M.J. Experientia (1975) 31: 1064. doi:10.1007/BF02326961

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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© 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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