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Experientia. 1987 May 15;43(5):553-7.

Transformations of arsenic in the marine environment.

Abstract

It is ten years since arsenobetaine was first isolated from the western rock lobster Palinurus cygnus. Subsequently this naturally-occurring arsenical has been found in many species of marine animals contributing to the human diet. The identification of arsenic-containing ribofuranosides in algae and the production of dimethylarsinoylethanol from their anaerobic decomposition has allowed speculation on arsenic metabolism in marine organisms and has suggested a possible route to arsenobetaine from oceanic arsenate.

PMID:
3556209
DOI:
10.1007/bf02143584
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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