IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: alkylmercury lyase

Reaction: an alkylmercury + H+ = an alkane + Hg2+

Other name(s): organomercury lyase; organomercurial lyase; alkylmercury mercuric-lyase

Systematic name: alkylmercury mercury(II)-lyase (alkane-forming)

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


1. Tezuka, T. and Tonomura, K. Purification and properties of an enzyme catalyzing the splitting of carbon-mercury linkages from mercury-resistant Pseudomonas K-62 strain. I. Splitting enzyme 1. J. Biochem. (Tokyo) 80 (1976) 79-87. [PMID: 9382]

[EC created 1978]

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