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Dinoflagellate bioluminescence: The chromophore of dinoflagellate luciferin

Authors
Journal
Tetrahedron Letters
0040-4039
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
35
Issue
50
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0040-4039(00)78538-8
Disciplines
  • Chemistry

Abstract

Abstract A concise synthesis of the chromophore proposed for dinoflagellate luciferin was accomplished. The chemical behavior towards molecular oxygen and spectroscopic characteristics of the synthetic chromophore were found to match well with those observed for dinoflagellate luciferin. Comparison of the 13C chemical shifts observed for the E- and Z-isomers of the synthetic model with those observed for dinoflagellate luciferin suggested the natural luciferin to have an E-configuration about its C.15–C.16 olefinic bond.

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