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A chemical substance present in the cells of bioluminescent organisms, such as fireflies, that produces an almost heatless, bluish-green light when oxidized under the catalytic effects of luciferase and ATP.
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luciferinA class of light-emitting biological pigments that serve as substrate for luciferase (EC 22.214.171.124) in bioluminescence studies.
Sources of luciferin
Firefly, snail, bacteria, coelenterazine, dinoflagellates and deep sea fish (vargulin).
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luciferina compound which, when acted upon by the enzyme LUCIF ERASE, gives rise to BIOLUMINESCENCE in, for example, fire-flies, glow-worms, some coelenterates and some deep-sea fish.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005