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Microspectrophotometry of single rhabdoms in the retina of the honeybee drone (Apis mellifera male).
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PMID:  6644268     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relative absorption spectra of the bistable photopigment of single rhabdoms from the dorsal region of the retina of the honeybee drone were obtained using slices of retina fixed in glutaraldehyde; less accurate measurements on unfixed tissue gave difference spectra that were similar to those for fixed retinae. The method used was based on measurements of absorbance changes during saturating adaptations of the visual pigment to different monochromatic lights. It is similar to previous methods based on measurements of difference spectra amplitudes, but is simpler to use and more accurate. The predominant pigment has states that absorb maximally at 446 (rhodopsin) and 505 nm (metarhodopsin). In addition, there is a small amount of another pigment whose two states absorb maximally at approximately 340 (UV) and 460 nm.
R B Muri; G J Jones
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Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of general physiology     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0022-1295     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Gen. Physiol.     Publication Date:  1983 Oct 
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Created Date:  1984-01-07     Completed Date:  1984-01-07     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
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Nlm Unique ID:  2985110R     Medline TA:  J Gen Physiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  469-96     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bees / physiology*
Photoreceptor Cells / physiology*
Retina / physiology*
Retinal Pigments / physiology
Spectrophotometry / instrumentation,  methods*
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0/Retinal Pigments

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Journal ID (nlm-ta): J Gen Physiol
ISSN: 0022-1295
ISSN: 1540-7748
Publisher: The Rockefeller University Press
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Print publication date: Day: 1 Month: 10 Year: 1983
Volume: 82 Issue: 4
First Page: 469 Last Page: 496
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PubMed Id: 6644268

Microspectrophotometry of single rhabdoms in the retina of the honeybee drone (Apis mellifera male)

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