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Cover Picture: The Chemistry of Bioluminescence: An Analysis of Chemical Functionalities (ChemPhysChem 17/2011)
The chemical functionalities of the bioluminescence phenomenon have been rationalized in the last decades via systematic studies from small to large-size molecular models, as reviewed by R. Lindh et al. on p. 3064. Electron-donating chemical groups conjugated to peroxo moieties are the molecular structures that intrinsically holds the optimal electronic properties for the process, whereas the surrounding enzymes mainly account for color-tuning.