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A reagent (HOCH2CH2SH) used to reduce disulfide bonds, particularly in proteins, and to prevent their formation.
Synonym(s): β-mercaptoethanol


A reducing reagent which contains a thiol group that breaks disulfide bonds in proteins, rendering them functionally effete.
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Presence of beta-mercaptoethanol can increase the glutathione content of pig oocytes matured in vitro and the rate of blastocyst development after in vitro fertilization.
The importance of having high glutathione (GSH) level after bovine in vitro maturation on embryo development: Effect of beta-mercaptoethanol, cysteine and cystine.
Addition of beta-mercaptoethanol or trolox at the morula/blastocyst stage improves the quality of bovine blastocysts and prevents induction of apoptosis and degeneration by prooxidant agents.
Effect of beta-mercaptoethanol during in vitro fertilization procedures on sperm penetration into porcine oocytes and the early development in vitro.
In a separate experiment, a 60-fold molar excess of beta-mercaptoethanol (B-ME) was added to Cu[Cl.
beta-mercaptoethanol enhances blastocyst formation rate of bovine in vitro-matured/in vitro-fertilized embryos.
Intracytoplasmic glutathione concentration and the role of beta-mercaptoethanol in preimplantation development of bovine embryos.