Structure and properties of carotenoids in relation to function.

  title={Structure and properties of carotenoids in relation to function.},
  author={George Britton},
  journal={FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology},
  volume={9 15},
  • George Britton
  • Published 1995 in
    FASEB journal : official publication of the…
The basic principles of structure, stereochemistry, and nomenclature of carotenoids are described and the relationships between structure and the chemical and physical properties on which all the varied biological functions and actions of carotenoids depend are discussed. The conjugated polyene chromophore determines not only the light absorption properties, and hence color, but also the photochemical properties of the molecule and consequent light-harvesting and photoprotective action. The… CONTINUE READING
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