luciferins


luciferins
Substrates for the enzyme luciferase that catalyses an oxidative reaction leading to photon emission (bioluminescence).

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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  • luciferin — /looh sif euhr in/, n. Biochem. a pigment occurring in luminescent organisms, as fireflies, that emits light when undergoing oxidation. [1885 90; < L lucifer (see LUCIFER) + IN2] * * * ▪ biochemistry       in biochemistry, any of several organic… …   Universalium

  • luminescence — luminescent, adj. /looh meuh nes euhns/, n. 1. the emission of light not caused by incandescence and occurring at a temperature below that of incandescent bodies. 2. the light produced by such an emission. [1885 90; < L lumin (see LUMEN) +… …   Universalium

  • bioluminescence — 1. Light produced by certain organisms from the oxidation of luciferins through the action of luciferases and with negligible production of heat, chemical energy being converted directly into light energy. SYN: cold light (1). 2. Any …   Medical dictionary

  • luciferases — Enzymes present in certain luminous organisms that act to bring about the oxidation of luciferins; energy produced in the process is liberated as bioluminescence; such enzymes can be used to detect very low concentrations of metabolites …   Medical dictionary


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