« Molecule of the Week- Firefly Luciferin »- ACS

« From The Merck Index, 10 th edition: “Light emission in the American firefly, Photinus pyralis, has been shown to involve the interaction of magnesium ion, oxygen, ATP [the coenzyme adenosine triphosphate], the enzyme luciferase, and the oxidizable substrate luciferin.” Photinus is one genus of the firefly family Lampyridae.

In 1957, B. Bitler and W. D. McElroy at Johns Hopkins University isolated 9 mg of luciferin from ≈ 15,000 Japanese fireflies (Luciola cruciata). McElroy, E. H. White, and co-workers elucidated its structure and synthesized it in the lab in the early 1960s. (…) »

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Article du  26.10.2015 du Site American Chemical Society, Molecule of the Week