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Inouye, S. (2010). Firefly luciferase: an adenylate-forming enzyme for multicatalytic functions.  Cell. Molec. Life Sci. 67(3): 387--404.
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Firefly luciferase is a member of the acyl-adenylate/thioester-forming superfamily of enzymes and catalyzes the oxidation of firefly luciferin with molecular oxygen to emit light. Knowledge of the luminescence mechanism catalyzed by firefly luciferase has been gathered, leading to the discovery of a novel catalytic function of luciferase. Recently, we demonstrated that firefly luciferase has a catalytic function of fatty acyl-CoA synthesis from fatty acids in the presence of ATP, Mg(2+) and coenzyme A. Based on identification of fatty acyl-CoA genes in firefly, Drosophila, and non-luminous click beetles, we then proposed that the evolutionary origin of firefly luciferase is a fatty acyl-CoA synthetase in insects. Further, we succeeded in converting the fatty acyl-CoA synthetase of non-luminous insects into functional luciferase showing luminescence activity by site-directed mutagenesis.

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    Language of Publication
    English
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    Journal
    Abbreviation
    Cell. Molec. Life Sci.
    Title
    Cellular and molecular life sciences. CMLS
    Publication Year
    1997-
    ISBN/ISSN
    1420-682X
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