The three-dimensional structure of a flavoprotein, FP390, purified from a luminescent bacterium, Photobacterium phosphoreum, has been determined at 3 A resolution by X-ray crystallography. Crystallographic refinements of the structural model have led to an R-factor of 0.24 for the intensity data between 6 to 3 A resolution collected with synchrotron radiation. It was found that a homodimer of the FP390 molecules related by a non-crystallographic 2-fold axis is comprised in the asymmetric unit. Two homodimers are arranged around a crystallographic 2-fold axis to form a tetrameric assembly. The monomer molecule of FP390, to which two molecules of the flavin cofactor (Q-flavin) are bound, consists of a seven-stranded parallel beta-sheet which forms a half of the beta-barrel structure and seven alpha-helices which surround one side of the beta-barrel. We suggest that the reason why the Q-flavin sample prepared from FP390 is always a mixture of two components is connected with the fact that the monomer molecules has two flavin binding sites, at the dimer interface and at the molecular surface.