visual pigments

vis·u·al pig·'ments

the photopigments in the retinal cones and rods that absorb light and initiate the visual process.

vis·u·al pig·ments

(vizh'yū-ăl pig'mĕnts)
The photopigments in the retinal cones and rods that absorb light and initiate the visual process.
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Opsin is the protein component of visual pigment, and its amino acid sequence primarily determines the spectral sensitivity of visual pigments.
This is caused by a mutation in the opsin gene, which is responsible for producing visual pigments for color vision.
The molecular mechanism that differentiates wavelengths related to color perception in the visual system depends on the presence of specific proteins that form the visual pigments (Trezise & Collin, 2005).
I will study opsins, the visual pigments that mediate vision, to shed light into the evolutionary relationship between male colour and female preferences.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow.
Most mammals have two spectral cone types containing either of two visual pigments (opsins), one sensitive to shortwave light (UV/blue opsin), and the other to middle-to-longwave light (green opsin).
The RPE cells perform several functions, including absorption of light, enabling the turnover of photoreceptor outer segments, formation of visual pigments by storing and releasing vitamin A.
clathratus are known to also be active at night, and their scotopic visual pigments are well adapted to low-light conditions (Hobson et al.
Sequence analysis of the deduced 362 amino acid protein indicates that it belongs firmly in the SWS2 class of visual pigments and has high amino acid sequence identity with bullfrog SWS2 pigment.
In the visual process, light is absorbed by visual pigments in the outer segments of the rod and cone photoreceptors.
Whereas we humans have four visual pigments in our eyes, they have 16.
When used in visual tasks beyond slow-integrating radiance detection, these sensory cells are identifiable by extensive membranous elaborations packed with light-transducing visual pigments that increase sensitivity.