Luciferin molecule | glow in the dark science sticker (biology, chemistry)
How do fireflies make their butts glow? Through a light-forming reaction involving a molecule called Luciferin!
Luciferin is a name given to the group of light-emitting compounds found in bioluminescent organisms.
Light is generated when these compounds undergo an oxidation reaction catalyzed by an enzyme called Luciferase.
In fireflies, when Luciferin + Luciferase mix together in the presence of oxygen and ATP (cellular fuel) - the chemical reaction gives off energy in the form of yellow-green light! The wavelength of this light = 560nm.
This same compound, named D-Luciferin or Firefly Luciferin, is commonly used in cell-based assays as a bioluminescent reporter for studying gene regulation/function, cell viability, and in vivo imaging!
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