C11H8N3O2S2
Firefly luciferin Fire"fly` lu*cif"er*in, n. (Biochem.) a type of {luciferin} produced by the firefly {Photinus pyralis}.

Note: Its structure has been elucidated, and chemically it is recognized as

4,5-Dihydro-2-(6-hydroxy-2-benzothiazol-2-yl)-4-thiazolecarboxylic acid, {C11H8N3O2S2}. It has found use in a very sensitive assay for ATP, in which concentrations of ATP as low as 10^{-11} molar can be detected. --[MI11] [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Firefly luciferin — Fire fly lu*cif er*in, n. (Biochem.) a type of {luciferin} produced by the firefly {Photinus pyralis}. Note: Its structure has been elucidated, and chemically it is recognized as 4,5 Dihydro 2 (6 hydroxy 2 benzothiazol 2 yl) 4 thiazolecarboxylic… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Photinus pyralis — Firefly luciferin Fire fly lu*cif er*in, n. (Biochem.) a type of {luciferin} produced by the firefly {Photinus pyralis}. Note: Its structure has been elucidated, and chemically it is recognized as 4,5 Dihydro 2 (6 hydroxy 2 benzothiazol 2 yl) 4… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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