Vertebrate ancient-long opsin has molecular properties intermediate between those of vertebrate and invertebrate visual pigments.

VA/VAL opsin is one of the four kinds of nonvisual opsins that are closely related to vertebrate visual pigments in the phylogenetic tree of opsins. Previous studies indicated that among these opsins, parapinopsin and pinopsin exhibit molecular properties similar to those of invertebrate bistable visual pigments and vertebrate visual pigments, respectively… CONTINUE READING