ULTRA-WEAK LUMINESCENCE AND OXIDATIVE PHOSPHORYLATION IN MITOCHONDRIA
ARMY BIOLOGICAL LABS FREDERICK MD
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Luminescence was detected in the mitochondria of the liver of a rat, in which the process of oxidative phosphorylation had taken place. The mitochondria were isolated in 0.25 M saccharose at a pH of 7.4 their precipitation was carried out at 0--4 degrees, 8,000--10,000 g. It is concluded that bioluminescence is not an exotic phenomenon which is inherent to only individual representatives of the living world, but under specific conditions accompanies any oxidative phosphorylation, even in the tissues of higher animals, where nature, by means of energetic and structural barriers, does not permit the useless waste of valuable chemical energy for radiation. It is possible that the mechanism of participation of free radicals and electronic excited conditions may become more understandable when it is compared with the molecular mechanisms of bioluminescence.