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Issue 9, 2013
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Firefly luciferin as a multifunctional chemiluminescence molecule

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The chemiluminescence properties of firefly luciferin were studied, in a variety of chemical systems different from those in which it is usually studied. It was found that luciferin is a multifunctional chemiluminescence molecule, as it can behave as a chemiluminescence sensitizer, an emitter and a substrate. The first two roles are here reported for the first time, while we have found a novel way of obtaining excited state oxyluciferin from luciferin. Evidence was also found that does not support the newly proposed radical-mechanism of the formation of firefly dioxetanone. With this study we hope to open the way for novel chemiluminescence applications for firefly luciferin.

Graphical abstract: Firefly luciferin as a multifunctional chemiluminescence molecule

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The article was received on 12 Mar 2013, accepted on 01 May 2013 and first published on 02 May 2013

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3PP50086A
Citation: Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2013,12, 1615-1621
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    Firefly luciferin as a multifunctional chemiluminescence molecule

    L. Pinto da Silva and J. C. G. Esteves da Silva, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2013, 12, 1615
    DOI: 10.1039/C3PP50086A

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