M. J. Cormier

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Many cnidarians utilize green-fluorescent proteins (GFPs) as energy-transfer acceptors in bioluminescence. GFPs fluoresce in vivo upon receiving energy from either a luciferase-oxyluciferin excited-state complex or a Ca(2+)-activated phosphoprotein. These highly fluorescent proteins are unique due to the chemical nature of their chromophore, which is(More)
Renilla reniformis is an anthozoan coelenterate capable of exhibiting bioluminescence. Bioluminescence in Renilla results from the oxidation of coelenterate luciferin (coelenterazine) by luciferase [Renilla-luciferin:oxygen 2-oxidoreductase (decarboxylating), EC]. In vivo, the excited state luciferin-luciferase complex undergoes the process of(More)
Luciferase from the anthozoan coelenterate Renilla reniformis (Renilla luciferin:oxygen 2-oxidoreductase (decarboxylating), EC catalyzes the bioluminescent oxidation of Renilla luciferin producing light (lambdaB 480 nm, QB 5.5%), oxyluciferin, and CO2 (Hori, K., Wampler, J.E., Matthews, J.C., and Cormier, M.J. (1973), Biochemistry 12, 4463).(More)
A protein activator of plant NAD kinase has been extracted from plant sources (peanuts and peas), purified to homogeneity, characterized, and identified as calmodulin. A comparison of the properties of calmodulin isolated from either plant or animal sources shows that they are strikingly similar proteins. The similarities include molecular weight, Stokes(More)
A calcium-dependent protein kinase activity from suspension-cultured soybean cells (Glycine max L. Wayne) was shown to be dependent on calcium but not calmodulin. The concentrations of free calcium required for half-maximal histone H1 phosphorylation and autophosphorylation were similar ( approximately 2 micromolar). The protein kinase activity was(More)
A Ca2+-triggered luciferin-binding protein (BP-LH2) from the bioluminescent marine coelenterate, Renilla reniformis, has been purified by conventional methods. One kilogram of processed animals yields approximately 2.7 mg of pure protein with an overall yield of 55%. Physicochemical studies show that BP-LH2 is a globular protein containing one single(More)
A novel calcium-dependent protein kinase (CDPK) previously reported to be activated by the direct binding of Ca2+, and requiring neither calmodulin nor phospholipids for activity [Harmon, A.C., Putnam-Evans, C.L., & Cormier, M.J. (1987) Plant Physiol. 83, 830-837], was purified to greater than 95% homogeneity from suspension-cultured soybean cells (Glycine(More)
The Ca(II)-dependent photoprotein aequorin produces the luminescence of the marine coelenterate Aequorea victoria. The complete amino acid sequence of aequorin has been determined. A complete set of nonoverlapping peptides was produced by cyanogen bromide cleavage. These peptides were aligned by using the amino-terminal sequence of the intact protein and(More)