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Luciferases and Light-emitting Accessory Proteins: Structural Biology

  1. J Woodland Hastings1,
  2. Kurt L Krause2

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003064

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Hastings, J. W. and Krause, K. L. 2006. Luciferases and Light-emitting Accessory Proteins: Structural Biology. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

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Abstract

Luciferases are enzymes that catalyse reactions in living organisms that result in light emission. There are many different luciferases, different in the sense that the genes and proteins involved are unrelated in evolution, and evidently originated and evolved independently.

Keywords:

  • luciferase proteins;
  • bioluminescence;
  • chemiluminescence;
  • antenna proteins;
  • green fluorescent protein;
  • yellow fluorescent protein