Chemistries and colors of bioluminescent reactions: a review.

  title={Chemistries and colors of bioluminescent reactions: a review.},
  author={John Hastings},
  volume={173 1 Spec No},
Many different organisms, ranging from bacteria and fungi to fireflies and fish, are endowed with the ability to emit light, but the bioluminescent systems are not evolutionarily conserved: genes coding for the luciferase proteins (Lase) are not homologous, and the luciferins are also different, falling into many unrelated chemical classes. Biochemically, all known Lase are oxygenases that utilize molecular oxygen to oxidize a substrate (a luciferin; literally the "light-bearing' molecule… CONTINUE READING
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