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Chemical substances present in certain luminous organisms that, when acted on by luciferases, produce bioluminescence.
[L. lux, light + fero. to bear]
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The Russian team discovered that bioluminescent mushrooms employ a different type of luciferin from the eight other classes that are known to be used by animals and microbes.
This discovery of the ninth luciferin brings us one step closer to the creation of a genetically modified, bioluminescent tree that could be used as a sustainable source of street lighting, according to the Guardian 's report.
These cells contain luminous materials: luciferin and either luciferase or a luciferin-binding photoprotein.
Luciferin phosphate or luciferin galactoside are used as substrates, respectively (12).