Chemical nature of bioluminescence systems in coelenterates.

@article{Shimomura1975ChemicalNO,
  title={Chemical nature of bioluminescence systems in coelenterates.},
  author={Osamu Shimomura and Franklin H. Johnson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={1975},
  volume={72 4},
  pages={
          1546-9
        }
}
Analysis of substances involved in light-emitting reactions among bioluminescent coelenterates has revealed a pronounced uniformity in the structural features of initial reactants, i.e., "luciferins" and photo-protein chromophores, as well as the light-emitter product. This product is structurally identical among the different classes of coelenterates: Hydrozoa (the jellyfish, Aequorea), Anthozoa (the sea cactus, Cavernularia; sea pansy, Renilla; and sea pen, Leioptilus), and very likely also… CONTINUE READING

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