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Ethanol Reveals Novel Mercury Detoxification Step in Tissues

Jan Dotzler Dunn, Thomas W. Clarkson and Laszlo Magos
Science
New Series, Vol. 213, No. 4512 (Sep. 4, 1981), pp. 1123-1125
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1686660
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Ethanol Reveals Novel Mercury Detoxification Step in Tissues
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Abstract

Volatile mercury was produced de novo by mouse tissue homogenates that contained mercuric ions. Ethanol stimulated the release of tissue mercury into the vapor phase, and the mechanism appears to be an inhibition of reoxidation of volatile mercury. Components responsible for mercury volatilization are heat-labile. The highest volatilizing activity in the liver is associated with the soluble fraction obtained after centrifugation at 105,000g.

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