Neurobiology pp 387-397 | Cite as

Visual, Mitochondrial, and Pupillary Pigments of Fly Photoreceptor Cells

  • D. G. Stavenga
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


Photoreceptor cells, the biological transducers of light into an electrical signal, are extremely sophisticated amplifiers. They are constructed from a large variety of substances some of which absorb substantially at the (so-called) visible wavelengths. Of these pigments, the most important one is by definition the visual pigment. We will argue in this paper that the pigments of the mitochondrial respiratory chain and the screening pigments rank virtually equally high. We shall illustrate this claim on the case of fly photoreceptor cells.


Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain Visual Pigment Pigment Granule Violet Light Screening Pigment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. G. Stavenga
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  1. 1.Department of BiophysicsRijksuniversiteit GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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