A rapid and simple method for preparation of 203Hg-labeled methylmercuric chloride (CH3203HgCl) from 203HgCl2 and methylcobalamin is described. More than 99% of 203Hg was methylated with methylcobalaminin 0.01 N HC1 during 1 h. CH3203HgCl formed during the reaction was rapidly and completely separated from cobalamins ana unreacted 203HgCl2 by CM-Sephadex C-25 minicolumn. The low cost procedure for preparation of CH3203HgCl can be completed within 2 h and yields an inorganic 203Hg-free CH3203HgCl which is useful in methylmercury toxicology.
- 203Hg-labeled methylmercury
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