Themed issue: Photosensitive retinal pigments

Read everything about the pigments in the eye!

Issue 11 of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences, is a themed issue on photosensitive retinal pigments. The issue was guest edited by Professors Rosalie Crouch and Yoshinori Shichida.

In their editorial, the guest editors explain that “Pigments all either use vitamin A aldehyde (retinal) as their chromophore, thus allowing the absorption of light, or contain vitamin A derivatives as the base of their structure. The structure, function and evolution of rhodopsins are discussed in several reviews and papers.

The fate of the retinal chromophore on the absorption of light is covered in another.

Bistable rhodopsins such as melanopsin and parapinopsin are also reviewed. In addition, a method for quantitative measurements of the light-induced body color change in zebrafish larvae is discussed. Several papers address the bis-retinoids of the retina, particularly A2E, which is an important aging topic. The carotenoid binding proteins,which are also likely to be of clinical relevance, are also reviewed. ”

We hope that you will find those papers and reviews exciting!

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