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Mercaptoacetic acid sodium salt is used as a reagent that protects tryptophan in amino acid analysis. It is a commonly used reagent for bacteriological research to maintain reducing conditions in media. It also protect enzymes against inactivation by maintaining protein thiol groups in the reduced state.
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Morton Klein, J. H. Brewer, J. E. Perez and Beatrice Day. The Inactivation of Influenza Virus by Mercurials and the Reactivation by Sodium Thioglycolate and Bal. The Journal of Immunology. 1948, 59 (2), 135-140.
Hazard Statements: H290-H301-H312-H317
May be corrosive to metals. Toxic if swallowed. Harmful in contact with skin. May cause an allergic skin reaction.
Precautionary Statements: P234-P264b-P270-P272-P280-P301+P310-P302+P352-P312-P330-P333+P313-P363-P390-P501c
Keep only in original container. Wash face, hands and any exposed skin thoroughly after handling Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product. Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace. Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection. IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician. IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water. Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell. Rinse mouth. If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention. Wash contaminated clothing before reuse. Absorb spillage to prevent material damage. Dispose of contents/ container to an approved waste disposal plant