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<cell biology> An enzyme from firefly tails that catalyses the production of light in the reaction between luciferin and ATP. Used by the male firefly for producing light to attract females and used in the laboratory in a chemiluminescence bioassay for ATP.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)

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