Reaction: an alkylmercury + H+ = an alkane + Hg2+
Other name(s): organomercury lyase; organomercurial lyase
Systematic name: alkylmercury mercuric-lyase
Comments: Acts on CH3Hg+ and a number of other alkylmercury and arylmercury compounds, in the presence of cysteine or other thiols, liberating mercury as a mercaptide.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, UM-BBD, CAS registry number: 72560-99-7
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