Firefly luciferase as a tool in molecular and cell biology.

@article{Gould1988FireflyLA,
  title={Firefly luciferase as a tool in molecular and cell biology.},
  author={Stephen J. Gould and Suresh Subramani},
  journal={Analytical biochemistry},
  year={1988},
  volume={175 1},
  pages={5-13}
}
The unique properties of firefly luciferase and the cloning of the gene for this enzyme have spawned a number of novel applications of this protein. We summarize a few of these applications including its use as a reporter gene, as a model for the study of protein import into peroxisomes, and as a component of a heterologous gene expression system.