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Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 49, Issue 2, pp 165–172 | Cite as

Safe disposal of diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP)

  • George Lunn
  • Eric B. Sansone
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Abstract

Diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP), a volatile highly toxic enzyme inhibitor, in buffer (pH 3, pH 5, pH 7, pH 9, pH 11, Hank’s, Dulbecco’s, PBS, TBE, and HEPES) or water (10 mM), in DMF solution (200 mM), and bulk quantities can be degraded by adding 1M NaOH. The DFP was completely degraded, as determined by enzymatic assay, and the final reaction mixtures were not mutagenic.

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Safety degradation stability enzyme inhibitor diisopropyl fluorophosphate dyflos Isoflurophate 

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© Humana Press Inc 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • George Lunn
    • 1
  • Eric B. Sansone
    • 1
  1. 1.NCI-Frederick Cancer Research and Development CenterProgram Resources, Inc./DynCorp, Environmental Control and Research ProgramFrederick

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