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Cinnabar is not converted into methylmercury by human intestinal bacteria
Zhou, Xinrui2; Wang, Liming3; Sun, Xinming1; Yang, Xiuwei2; Chen, Chunying3; Wang, Qi1; Yang, Xiaoda2
关键词Cinnabar Intestinal bacteria Biotransformation
刊名JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY
2011-04-26
DOI10.1016/j.jep.2011.02.032
135期:1页:110-115
收录类别SCI
文章类型Article
WOS标题词Science & Technology
类目[WOS]Plant Sciences ; Chemistry, Medicinal ; Integrative & Complementary Medicine ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy
研究领域[WOS]Plant Sciences ; Pharmacology & Pharmacy ; Integrative & Complementary Medicine
关键词[WOS]X-RAY-ABSORPTION ; DESULFOVIBRIO-DESULFURICANS LS ; MERCURY METHYLATION ; IN-VIVO ; TRADITIONAL MEDICINES ; INORGANIC MERCURY ; SULFUR ; SPECTROSCOPY ; SPECTROMETRY ; BLOOD
英文摘要

Ethnopharmacological relevance: Cinnabar (Cin), a naturally occurring mercuric sulfide (HgS), is a mineral widely used in traditional Chinese medicine throughout history. As for the toxicity of cinnabar, one important assumption is that cinnabar may be transformed into highly toxic methylmercury by gastrointestinal flora. There is no evidence in humans to support this assumption.

Aim of the study: To investigate the biotransformation of cinnabar (HgS) in the human intestinal bacteria with modern analytical techniques.

Materials and methods: A gas chromatograph, equipped with electron capture detection (GC-ECD) and mass spectrometry (GC-MS), were used to detect the formation of methylmercury after incubation of cinnabar with human intestinal bacteria. The content of soluble mercury in the bacteria media was determined by cold vapor-atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS). In addition, X-ray absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy (XANES) was used to confirm the possible transformation of cinnabar in the bacteria media, and under mimetic intestinal condition by measuring the species of sulfur and mercury in the reaction extraction of cinnabar and Na(2)S mixture.

Results: No methylmercury was detected by both GC-ECD and GC-MS, which suggest that cinnabar (HgS) is not methylated in the human intestine. A small amount of soluble mercury was found to be released in the flora medium of HgS or cinnabar by CV-AAS. The XANES analyses revealed that polysulfides exist in the flora medium, and the simulated results showed that the products by incubating cinnabar with Na(2)S were mercuric polysulfides.

Conclusion: These results showed that under gut flora conditions cinnabar would be transformed into mercuric polysulfides rather than methylmercury. Our work provides evidences of nontoxic transformation of cinnabar in the human intestinal bacteria. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

语种英语
WOS记录号WOS:000291143600015
项目编号30672653 ; 20931160430 ; 2001BA701A57
资助机构National Natural Science Foundation of China ; Tenth Five-Year Plan of Science and Technology of China
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文献类型期刊论文
条目标识符http://ir.bjmu.edu.cn/handle/400002259/67370
专题北京大学公共卫生学院_毒理学系
北京大学药学院_化学生物学系
北京大学公共卫生学院_公共卫生学院
作者单位1.Peking Univ, Sch Publ Hlth, Dept Toxicol, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China
2.Peking Univ, Sch Pharmaceut Sci, State Key Labs Nat & Biomimet Drugs, Beijing 100191, Peoples R China
3.Natl Ctr Nanosci & Technol China, CAS Key Lab Biol Effects Nanomat & Nanosafety, Beijing 100190, Peoples R China
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Zhou, Xinrui,Wang, Liming,Sun, Xinming,et al. Cinnabar is not converted into methylmercury by human intestinal bacteria[J]. JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY,2011,135(1):110-115.
APA Zhou, Xinrui.,Wang, Liming.,Sun, Xinming.,Yang, Xiuwei.,Chen, Chunying.,...&Yang, Xiaoda.(2011).Cinnabar is not converted into methylmercury by human intestinal bacteria.JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY,135(1),110-115.
MLA Zhou, Xinrui,et al."Cinnabar is not converted into methylmercury by human intestinal bacteria".JOURNAL OF ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY 135.1(2011):110-115.
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