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      ANALOGS AND DERIVATIVES OF FIREFLY OXYLUCIFERIN, THE LIGHT EMITTER IN FIREFLY BIOLUMINESCENCE

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      Photochemistry and Photobiology
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          Abstract

          The 5-methyl analog of firefly oxyluciferin, two isomeric O-methyl ether derivatives of it and an O,O'-dimethyl ether derivative were synthesized and their UV absorption and fluorescence emission spectra were determined. Comparisons of the emission data with the emission wavelength in bioluminescence indicate that the mono-anions of firefly oxyluciferin are candidates for the light-emitters in bioluminescence. Further, we have found that the chemiluminescence of active esters of firefly luciferin produces (from the keto form of oxyluciferin) only red light emission under a variety of conditions; a yellow-green light emission (from the enolic forms of the oxyluciferin product) could not be elicited.

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              THE STRUCTURE AND SYNTHESIS OF FIREFLY LUCIFERIN

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                Journal
                Photochemistry and Photobiology
                Photochem Photobiol
                Wiley
                0031-8655
                1751-1097
                January 1991
                January 1991
                : 53
                : 1
                : 131-136
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                10.1111/j.1751-1097.1991.tb08478.x
                2027903
                8aba0d6e-5ec5-4d17-a2ae-1b9acc591349
                © 1991

                http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/tdm_license_1.1

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