Inessa Remez, Pauls Andersons and Hackel Veksler

Environmental mercury and mercury compound contamination has increased dramatically since the industrial revolution. This paper describes the toxic effects of mercury on a culture of hybridoma TA7 cells, which produce antibodies against the A-subunit of viskumin. Cells were cultivated on 96-well flat-bottomed plates with RPMI-1640 medium supplemented with 10% fetal calf serum at 37°C in 5% CO2/95% air. The cells were exposed to 0.1nM/l–10μM/l Hg2(NO3)2.2H2O (mercury nitrate) during the exponential growth phase. Toxicity was assessed by using the colorimetric MTT (tetrazolium) assay after exposure for 48 hours. Cell growth and cell survival were evaluated by using percentage indices of cellular content in exposed cells when compared to non-exposed control cells. The concentrations of the noeffect level, the lowest observed effect level and the the highest toxic effect level were registered. The toxic effects of the mercury compound on the hybridoma cells occurred between 0.1μM/l and 10μM/l.
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