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Chlorophyll derivatives as visual pigments for super vision in the red

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Abstract

The primary event in vision is light-initiated activation of visual pigments. All visual pigments consist of the protein opsin bound to 11-cis-retinal and are responsible for initiating the transformation of light into an electrical signal. In a mouse model, we show that derivatives of chlorophyll can act as visual pigments initiating the transformation of light into an electrical signal and thus change the primary event in vision to initial activation of a chlorophyll derivative. Electroretinographic b-wave amplitudes recorded in response to red and blue light were two-fold greater in mice administered chlorine6, which accumulated in photoreceptor outer segments.

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The article was received on 12 Dec 2006, accepted on 11 Apr 2007 and first published on 01 May 2007


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B618104J
Citation: Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2007,6, 775-779
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    Chlorophyll derivatives as visual pigments for super vision in the red

    I. Washington, J. Zhou, S. Jockusch, N. J. Turro, K. Nakanishi and J. R. Sparrow, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2007, 6, 775
    DOI: 10.1039/B618104J

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