Mercury Derivatives

William Tivol tivol at
Thu Dec 12 11:19:23 EST 1996

Chris Hosfield (chris at crystal) wrote:
: 	Just wondering if anyone knows which mercury-derivatizing 
: reagents are the least reactive for making heavy atom derivatives in an 
: extremely sensitive protein.

Dear Chris,
	If the protein contains free SH, Hg(2+) or CH3Hg(+) will work.
Whether these are "least reactive" depends on what other reactions are
possible for that protein.  If it is a Zn-containing protein, Hg can
substitute for the Zn with minimal distortion of the structure (probably).
Good luck.
				Bill Tivol

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