Chemical and Enzymatic Mechanisms of Firefly Luminescence

  • W. D. McElroy
  • Marlene DeLuca


The chemistry of firefly luminescence is gradually being resolved. After a number of years of intensive work by a large number of investigators it is now possible to propose a reasonable organic mechanism for the overall reaction leading to light emission (1,2,3,4). The most recent findings which are of considerable interest to all investigators in the field of bioluminescence concern the mechanism of the chemical processes leading to the excited state and the identification and synthesis of the product emitter (4,5).


Light Emission Sulfhydryl Group Light Reaction Product Emitter Benzothiazole Derivative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. McElroy
    • 1
  • Marlene DeLuca
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA

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