Organometallic Compounds and Living Organisms provides information pertinent to the fundamental aspects of organometallic compounds and living organisms. This book discusses the biological effects of organometallic compounds.
Organized into 10 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the recognition of methylmercuric compounds as the causative agents of Minamata disease, which has generated intensive research of their toxic effects. This text then examines the number of investigative applications of the biological inertness of silicones. Other chapters consider the capacity of many organometals to deactivate enzymes, which makes these compounds very useful for studying the nature of the enzyme active site. This book discusses as well the use and preparation of organometallurium compounds as imaging agents. The final chapter deals with the formation and cleavage of metal(loid)-carbon bonds, which play significant roles in the environmental transformation and circulation of metal(loids).
This book is a valuable resource for chemists.