EC - Alkylmercury lyase

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Accepted name:
alkylmercury lyase
Other names:
organomercurial lyase
organomercury lyase
alkylmercury mercuric-lyase
alkylmercury mercuric-lyase (alkane-forming)
Systematic name:
alkylmercury mercury(II)-lyase (alkane-forming)



Acts on CH3Hg+ and a number of other alkylmercury compounds, in the presence of cysteine or other thiols, liberating mercury as a mercaptide.

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Enzymes and pathways: NC-IUBMB , BRENDA , ExplorEnz , ENZYME@ExPASy , KEGG , MetaCyc , UM-BBD , UniPathway
Structural data: CSA , EC2PDB
Gene Ontology: GO:0018836
CAS Registry Number: 72560-99-7
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot: (10) [show] [UniProt]


  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 : 79-87 (1976). [PMID: 9382]

[EC created 1978]