Lumisomes: A Bioluminescent Particle Isolated from the Sea Pansy Renilla reniformis

  • James M. Anderson
  • Milton J. Cormier

Abstract

The biochemical pathway leading to light emission in the sea pansy, Renilla reniformis, is now fairly well understood. Luciferyl sulfate, an inactive storage form of luciferin, is converted to luciferin by the enzyme luciferin sulfokinase (1). Luciferin is oxidized in the presence of oxygen and Renilla luciferase to CO2 and oxyluciferin in an electronically excited state (2,3). Return to the ground state of oxyluciferin results in the production of blue light (4). Furthermore, the structure determination and chemical synthesis of a biologically active form of Renilla luciferin has recently been accomplished (3).

Keywords

Green Fluorescent Protein Light Emission Green Light Renilla Luciferase Sucrose Gradient 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • James M. Anderson
    • 1
  • Milton J. Cormier
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryUniversity of GeorgiaAthensGreece

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