Photophysical properties of lumichromes in water

M. Sikorski, E. Sikorska, A. Koziolowa, R. Gonzalez Moreno, J. L. Bourdelande, R. P. Steer, F. Wilkinson

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The photophysics of lumichrome, 1-methyllumichrome, and lumiflavin in water solutions have been investigated. Fluorescence lifetimes of 2.7 and 2.2 ns were observed for lumichrome and 1-methyllumichrome, respectively, the corresponding triplet state lifetimes of 17 and 18 μs have been obtained from the transient absorption spectra. Evidence for long lived species with absorption maxima near 450 nm and lifetimes of ca. 400 μs has been found in the transient absorption spectra of both lumichromes. Quantum yields for the sensitised production of singlet oxygen, φΔ, are 0.36 and 0.41 for lumichrome and 1-methyllumichrome, respectively, in D2O. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2001


  • Alloxazine
  • Lumichrome
  • Photophysics
  • Singlet oxygen


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