Luminescence Potency of the Cypridina System

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Science  01 Dec 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3492, pp. 1755-1756
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3492.1755


Visible light is emitted on oxidation of 0.00001 , µg/ml (2 x 10-11M) of Cypridina luciferin with 0.01 mg/ml of luciferase protein, or with 1 µg/ml of luciferin with 0.0000001 µg/ml (2 x 10-15M) of luciferase. Data on yields indicate the average content of luciferin and luciferase to be, at best, about 1 µg of each in a single living organism.