Definition of Luciferase

1. Noun. (enzyme) Any one of a group of enzymes that produce bioluminescence by oxidizing luciferin. ¹



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Definition of Luciferase

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Medical Definition of Luciferase

1. An enzyme from firefly tails that catalyses the production of light in the reaction between luciferin and ATP. Used by the male firefly for producing light to attract females and used in the laboratory in a chemiluminescence bioassay for ATP. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Luciferase

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lucid dreaming
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lucider
lucidest
lucidification
lucidities
lucidity
lucidly
lucidness
lucidnesses
lucidol
lucies
lucifer
luciferase (current term)
luciferases
luciferin
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lucifers
luciferyl adenylate
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lucifugous
lucigen
lucigenin
lucigens

Literary usage of Luciferase

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1. The Nature of Animal Light by Edmund Newton Harvey (1920)
""We now know that these bodies are not fat droplets and that neither luciferin nor luciferase are soluble in such fat solvents as ether, chloroform, ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"He found also substances (luciferase) in the blood of various marine molluscs and crustaceans which would give light with Pholas luciferin, but the latter ..."

3. Year Book by Carnegie Institution of Washington (1920)
"The acidity of the luciferin solution, luciferase solution, and the two after mixing was ... As both luciferin and luciferase solutions contain proteins, ..."

4. Novel Systems for the Study of Human Disease: From Basic Research to by OECD Staff, (Paris) Organisation for Economic Co-ope, SourceOECD (Online service) (1998)
"luciferase activity was measured in various organs of double transgenic offspring ... (A) Pattern of luciferase activity in various organs of individual ..."

5. The Firefly's Light ...by Emerson Hough by Emerson Hough (1916)
""Yet another Frenchman, Dubois, says that he considers the firefly's light to be due to two substances—luciferase and luci- ferin. ..."

6. The Journal of General Physiology by Society of General Physiologists, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1920)
"The acidity of the luciferin solution, luciferase solution, ... As both luciferin and luciferase solutions contain proteins and as luciferase is certainly ..."

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