Limulus Rhodopsin: Rapid Return of Transient Intermediates to the Thermally Stable State

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Science  02 Nov 1973:
Vol. 182, Issue 4111, pp. 495-497
DOI: 10.1126/science.182.4111.495


Spectral transitions of rhodopsin in single cells of the Limulus ventral eye were observed both with flash photometry and by measuring the early receptor potential. Even with repetitive stimulus flashes the rhodopsin did not bleach; after each flash the spectral intermediates decayed rapidly to the initial thermally stable state. The pigment returns to the stable state in a time comparable with the duration of the late receptor potential.