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The removal of a methyl-group from a compound by

  • organomercurial lyases (eg CH3Hg+  Hg2+ and then  Hg0 by mercuric reductase)
  • other way?

NB anthropogenic production of alkylated metals (eg tetraethyl lead). Organotin compounds have widespread use, eg as biocides and in plastic manufacture. Limited microbial degradation → escalating problem of organotin pollution.

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