Paper about Odontosyllis luciferin in PNAS

This was a tough one to crack! Only 3 signals in proton NMR spectrum, and, thanks to X-ray, we could see more. But now we finally know how exactly these polychaeta worms glow to mate each other. Check out our new paper about Odontosyllis luciferin on PNAS website.

Figure from PNAS website.   O. undecimdonta  worms and components of its bioluminescence system. ( A ) The fireworm in daylight and in the dark. ( B ) Light emission of lyophilized worms in water. ( C ) NMR tube with the purified oxyluciferin (Green), visible light. ( D ) Fluorescence of Green, UV light. ( E ) NMR tube with the purified product of nonenzymatic oxidation of luciferin (Pink), visible light.

Figure from PNAS website. O. undecimdonta worms and components of its bioluminescence system. (A) The fireworm in daylight and in the dark. (B) Light emission of lyophilized worms in water. (C) NMR tube with the purified oxyluciferin (Green), visible light. (D) Fluorescence of Green, UV light. (E) NMR tube with the purified product of nonenzymatic oxidation of luciferin (Pink), visible light.

Our research featured in BEST of 2018 by Russian Science Foundation

Source: rscf.ru

Source: rscf.ru

Russian Science Foundation rscf.ru published the main results of 2018. The project of our laboratory “Development of the the first genetically encoded autonomously bioluminescent system of eukaryotes”, which is supported by RScF grant, was named among ten most important results of the year.

More information here (in russian).

IUPAC Global breakfast

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This Tuesday, Feb 12th, our colleague Zinaida Kaskova took part in IUPAC Global Women’s breakfast, which aimed to assist women in science to raise the discussion about their career progress and develop new contacts in the network. The event was timed to the International Day of Women in Science. More information here.

#GlobalBreakfast #IUPAC100 #WomenInScience

Our paper about fungal bioluminescent system is out!

After more than five years of a very collaborative research, we are glad to announce the main components of fungal bioluminescent system.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this study. This is definitely one of our most interesting projects so far – and it’s not over! 😉

Check out our paper on PNAS website

© Sergey Shakhov

© Sergey Shakhov