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Identification of the blue-green chromophore of an abundant biliprotein from the haemolymph ofArtemia

Authors
Journal
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B Comparative Biochemistry
0305-0491
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
77
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0305-0491(84)90252-9
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract 1. 1. The haemolymph of adult Artemia is frequently coloured blue-green by a glycoprotein complex, artemocyanin I. 2. 2. Artemocyanin II (M r 1.2 × 10 6), a structurally modified form of artemocyanin I purified from Artemia homogenates, has a blue chromophore which has been identified as a bile pigment related to biliverdin. 3. 3. It is suggested that the bile pigment is derived from the turnover of haemoglobin and is bound to artemocyanin for transport and excretion.

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