Molecular insights into luminescence system of the pelagic shrimp Lucensosergia lucens

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2022 Feb 24;86(3):368-373. doi: 10.1093/bbb/zbac004.


Lucensosergia lucens is a luminous marine shrimp that has been suggested to use a coelenterazine-dependent luminescence system. However, the genetic information related to the luminescence system is lacking. Our RNA-Seq analysis of this shrimp did not show the existence of known or homologous coelenterazine-dependent luciferase genes. Subsequent biochemical analyses suggested that the shrimp possessed unknown proteinaceous components for coelenterazine luminescence.

Keywords: Lucensosergia lucens; bioluminescence; coelenterazine; luciferase; shrimp.

MeSH terms

  • Luminescence*

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