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Systematic theoretical investigation on the light emitter of firefly
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2011 (English)In: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, ISSN 1549-9618, E-ISSN 1549-9626, Vol. 7, no 3, 798-803 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This is a systematic theoretical investigation on all the possible light emitters of firefly using multireference method. Six chemical forms of oxyluciferin (OxyLH2) molecules/anions were studied by a multi-state complete active space second order perturbation (MS-CASPT2) method in vacuum and DMSO. The calculated results and subsequent analysis excluded enol-OxyLH2, keto-OxyLH2 and enolate-OxyLH- as possible light emitters. The remaining three candidates, phenolate-enol-OxyLH-, phenolate-keto-OxyLH- and OxyL2-, were further investigated in protein by a MS-CASPT2/molecular mechanics (MM) study to explain the natural bioluminescence of firefly. By comparison of the MS-CASPT2/MM calculated results of phenolate-enol-OxyLH-, phenolate-keto-OxyLH- and OxyL2- with the experimental observation and detailed analysis, we concluded that the direct decomposition excited-state product of firefly dioxetanone in vivo and the only light emitter of firefly in natural bioluminescence is the first singlet exited state (S1) of phenolate-keto-OxyLH-.

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2011. Vol. 7, no 3, 798-803 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146116DOI: 10.1021/ct200045qISI: 000287991300028OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-146116DiVA: diva2:397593
Available from: 2011-02-16 Created: 2011-02-15 Last updated: 2015-01-08Bibliographically approved

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