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Table 4 Mercury bioaccumulation in various tissues. a

From: Feeding mice with diets containing mercury-contaminated fish flesh from French Guiana: a model for the mercurial intoxication of the Wayana Amerindians

Tissue (n = 3) Control Diet (Hg dose in food expressed in ng/g)
   5.4 62 520
Hairs 1 ± 0.8 81 ± 47 1579 ± 165 10364 ± 3103
Kidneys 0.3 ± 0.1 116 ± 20 1435 ± 112 7730 ± 59
Liver 0.2 ± 0.04 6.7 ± 1.2 150 ± 14 1135 ± 324
Muscles 0.2 ± 0.2 8 ± 1 88 ± 2 543 ± 65
Hippocampus NQ 5.9 ± 1 64 ± 5 417 ± 39
Brain NQ 5 ± 1 63 ± 3 299 ± 31
Lung NQ 2.5 ± 1.5 77 ± 18 1111 ± 232
Intestines NQ 2.1 ± 0.9 70 ± 4 614 ± 90
Heart NQ 1.8 ± 0.7 64 ± 12 576 ± 69
Spleen NQ 1.5 ± 0.3 54 ± 4 517 ± 137
Stomach NQ 1.2 ± 0.3 45 ± 7 317 ± 119
Skin NQ 1.2 ± 0.4 15.3 ± 3 201 ± 28
Blood NQ 1.1 ± 0.6 34 ± 4 298 ± 36
  1. a After one month feeding with fish-containing diets mercury was quantified in tissues (ng Hg/g fresh weight, mean ± SE). NQ: not quantifiable; below the threshold value.