BIOMEDICAL JOURNAL OF PIROGOV RNRMU (MOSCOW, RUSSIA)
A bioluminescent system of fungi: prospects for application in medical research
Bioluminescence is chemical oxidation of a small luciferin molecule by air catalyzed by luciferase and accompanied by the emission of photons in the visible spectrum. This reaction is used in bioluminescent bioimaging, the method for the visualization of organism’s interior. Bioimaging is a popular tool used in medical research. However, it has an unfortunate drawback: it requires introduction of external luciferin to the system before every experiment. In this work we discuss a possibility of developing an autonomous luminescent system in eukaryotes based on the bioluminescent system of higher fungi.
Keywords: bioluminescence, bioimaging, tumor models in vivo, photodynamic therapy