Time-Resolved Fluorescence Studies on Flavins

  • Antonie Visser


Flavins are ubiquitous in nature. They mediate in electron transfer and oxidation reactions in both bacterial, mammalian and plant systems (for a review see Müller, 1983). The natural cofactors are flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and flavin mononucleotide (FMN), which occur in protein-bound form (Figure 1). Both FMN and FAD are biosynthesized from the precursor riboflavin (vitamin B2). Flavins are redox carriers and can exist in oxidized, one-electron reduced (radical) or two-electron reduced state. The characteristic yellow color of flavins arises from the oxidized state absorbing blue light from the visible spectrum. Excited state properties of flavins have recently been reviewed (Visser, 1987).


Glutathione Reductase Correlation Time Fluorescence Lifetime Fluorescence Decay Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonie Visser
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryAgricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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