scintillon


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scintillon

[′sint·i‚län]
(invertebrate zoology)
An outpocketing of the cytoplasm in dinoflagellates which contains luciferase and luciferin-binding protein and is the source of bioluminescence.
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The final step of the signaling pathway is acidification of scintillons due to flux of protons from the vacuole to closely associated scintillons, vesicles containing the luminescent chemistry, resulting in a flash of light (Fogel and Hastings, 1972; Nawata and Sibaoka, 1979; Johnson et al.
Address correspondence to the author at: Department of Photobiology and Bioimaging, The Scintillon Institute, 6404 Nancy Ridge Dr.
The result is a near-synchronous sequence of scintillon microflashes that collectively appear as a pulse of light.