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Abstract

When female golden hamsters were subcutaneously injected with either CH3HgCl or HgCl2 in doses of 6.4 mg or 12.8 mg Hg/kg body weight, the incidence of chromosome aberrations was slightly increased in bone marrow cells, but not in metaphase II oocytes. In the HgCl2-treated animals the ovulation was inhibited, although mercury concentrations in ovaries were relatively low. However, in the CH3HgCl-treated groups, despite high concentrations of mercury in ovaries, the ovulation was not affected.