photopigment


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photopigment

/pho·to·pig·ment/ (fo″to-pig´ment) a pigment that is unstable in the presence of light.

photopigment

a pigment molecule that can be excited by light, such as CHLOROPHYLL.

photopigment 

Any pigment, such as the visual pigment found in the photoreceptors of the retina, which is altered by the absorption of light energy. See visual pigment; rhodopsin.
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Photopigments are found in two places - rods and cones.
Microspectrophotometry studies of other members of the family Pleuronectidae (Platichthys flesus [flounder] and Pseudopleuronectes americanus [winter flounder]) show that the peak absorbance of the photopigment in rod cells is [approximately equal to] 510 nm, that in single cones is [approximately equal to] 450 nm, and that in double cones is [approximately equal to] 530 or 550 nm (Evans et al.
The matching range on the red-green mixture scale is highly correlated with the peak wavelength separation of the two expressed photopigments determined by genetic analysis.
The two genes evolved about 35 million years ago from duplication of an ancestral mid-wavelength photopigment gene that was similar to the L gene.
Photopigment markers include chlorophyll b and lutein (chlorophytes), zeaxanthin, myxoxanthophyll, and echinenone (cyanobacteria), fucoxanthin (diatoms), peridinin (dinoflagellates), and alloxanthin (cryptomonads).
Their cylindrical shape and the orientation of the photopigment rhodopsin within the rods make them suitable.
When we blocked the function of ME-ller cells, the retinal visual pathway could not function because cones ran out of photopigment and could not adapt to dark, Kefalov says.
It appears that the cones are disturbed and may be diminished in number, or the number of discs in the cone outer segments where the photopigment is located are decreased in AMD.
The researchers believed that the new photopigment did not have to establish new neural connections, but an extra dimension of colour vision developed from the splitting of the existing chromatic pathway.
10-14) The [lambda]max of the cone spectral sensitivities obtained in this way are shifted compared to those of the photopigment spectra (Figure 3).
The effect of macular photopigments on blue-light filtration and color perception is well established.
After setting out the evolutionary, ecological, and developmental constraints of the system, they wander through it as the visual information would do, staring in the photopigments and ending at the cortex and in visual perception.