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Bioluminescence: Chemical Principles and Methods

By: Osamu Shimomura

470 pages, diagrams

World Scientific Publishing

Hardback | Dec 2006 | #161252 | ISBN: 9812568018
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This book, written by a distinguished scientist in the field, provides a comprehensive overview of the biochemical aspects of all luminous organisms currently known. It is the first and only book that provides chemical information on all known bioluminescence systems, in a single volume. Some 35 different types of bioluminescence organisms are discussed in 10 chapters. The descriptions include: a history of the discovery of luminescence substances such as luciferins, luciferases and photoproteins; the process of research, explaining how luminescent substances have been isolated and purified; the properties of luminescent substances; and the reaction modes and mechanisms involved, as interpreted currently. Important experimental data and graphs are included in the book, making time-consuming reference searches almost unnecessary. Helpful advice for experimentalists is given in an appendix.

*The Fireflies and Luminous Insects
*Luminous Bacteria
*The Ostracod Cypridina (Vargula) and Other Luminous Crustaceans
*The Jellyfish Aequorea and Other Luminous Coelenterates
*Luminous Mollusca
*Dinoflagellates and Other Protozoa
*Luminous Fungi
*Other Luminous Organisms

*Taxonomic Classification of Luminous Organisms
*Lists of Luciferins, Luciferases and Photoproteins Isolated, and Their Properties
*Miscellaneous Technical Information
*Advice to Students Who are Interested in Studying the Chemistry of Bioluminescence


The Fireflies and Luminous Insects; Luminous Bacteria; The Ostracod Cypridina (Vargula) and Other Luminous Crustaceans; The Jellyfish Aequorea and Other Luminous Coelenterates; The Coelenterazines; Luminous Mollusca; Annelida; Dinoflagellates and Other Protozoa; Luminous Fungi; Other Luminous Organisms; Appendices: Taxonomic Classification of Selected Luminous Organisms; Lists of Luciferins, Luciferases and Photoproteins Isolated; Miscellaneous Technical Information; Advice to Students Who are Interested in Studying the Chemistry of Bioluminescence.

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