Chapter 3. Luciferase


Magdalena Paśko, David Aebisher and Dorota Bartusik-Aebisher
Medical College of The University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów, Poland

Part of the book: The Biochemical Guide to Enzymes


Luciferases are classes of enzymes that catalyze the oxidation reactions of luciferin. An example of this class of enzymes is firefly luciferase, which is classified as Photinus-luciferin: oxygen-4-oxidoreductase. It takes part in the reaction of ATP hydrolysis and decarboxylation, the product of which is firefly luciferin, referred to as LH2.

Keywords: luciferase, enzyme, biochemistry


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