S. Aranganathan1, T.K.S.Kumar2, C.Yu2* and Der-Hang Chin1*
1. Department of Chemistry, National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan
2. Department of Chemistry, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
The protein samples exposed to light in a spectrofluorimeter are found to undergo in situ photoreactions. Continuous irradiation of proteins results in progressive decrease in the emission intensity. The light-induced changes are irreversible and appear to be oxygen-dependent. Continuous exposure to light renders the protein susceptible to cleavage. Further, the temperature-induced unfolding of proteins appears to be significantly influenced by the photoreactions caused due to irradiation. Some of the photosensitized reactions were also performed in light receptive Neocarzinostatin.
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