Accession Number : ADA468406


Title :   Optical, Biochemical, and Molecular Characterization of New Bioluminescence Systems


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Mar 2004-31 Jan 2007


Corporate Author : SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CA


Personal Author(s) : Deheyn, Dimitri ; Latz, Michael


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a468406.pdf


Report Date : 09 May 2007


Pagination or Media Count : 108


Abstract : Overall this project has been successful having reached most of the goals originally proposed for the funding period. Screening of light producing organisms (Research Area 1) has been completed in diverse environments, including the Caribbean that was added on a later date. The screening has led to describing the general change with geographical latitude of pigmentation, chemiluminescence and fluorescence in organisms. This has led to documentation of organisms producing light of different color, which could stimulate future research of specific interest for the AFOSR. Also, as a result from this screening, a new Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) and also been identified from the higher invertebrate (Protochordate) Amphioxus, the most developed invertebrate closest to vertebrate. The discovery of this new GFP (named amphiGFP) raised questions on extent of occurrence of this protein in the Animal Kingdom, considering that GFP had so far been described only from lower invertebrates like jellyfish, corals and some crustaceans.


Descriptors :   *FLUORESCENCE , *ANIMALS , *CHEMILUMINESCENCE , *BIOLUMINESCENCE , BIOCHEMISTRY , PROTEINS , ORGANIC PIGMENTS , COLORS


Subject Categories : Biochemistry
      Biology
      Biological Oceanography
      Optics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE