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Rhodopsin

  1. Paul A Hargrave

Published Online: 12 DEC 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000072

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Hargrave, P. A. 2001. Rhodopsin. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 DEC 2001

Abstract

Rhodopsin is the light-sensitive protein of photoreceptor cells in the retina. It consists of a protein, opsin, linked to the 11-cis isomer of vitamin A aldehyde (retinal), which carries out its function of transducing a light signal to a neural signal via a G-protein cascade.

Keywords:

  • rhodopsin;
  • vision;
  • retinal;
  • phototransduction;
  • receptor;
  • light