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Table 7 Respiratory rates assayed on skinned muscle fibers. a

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

   Diet (Hg dose in food expressed in ng/g)
Oxygen consumption (ng atom O/min/mg fw) Control diet 5.4 62 520
State 4 of respiration 1.6 ± 0.5 1.4 ± 0.2 1.3 ± 0.2 1.8 ± 0.4
State 3 of respiration 2.9 ± 0.7 *1.6 ± 0.3 *1.8 ± 0.4 2.1 ± 0.5
RCR 2.0 ± 0.2 *1.1 ± 0.2 *1.3 ± 0.2 *1.17 ± 0.05
COX activity 4.2 ± 0.8 *1.9 ± 0.3 3.2 ± 0.5 3.3 ± 0.3
  1. a Results are expressed as the mean ± SE, n = 4. Significant differences are indicated by an asterisk (p < 0.05).