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Review | Regular issue | Vol 85, No. 12, 2012, pp.2879-2926
Published online, 31st October, 2012
DOI: 10.3987/REV-12-750
Syntheses of Bilin Chromophores Toward the Investigation of Structure and Function of Phytochromes

Katsuhiko Inomata*

*Division of Material Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-1192, Japan


We studied on the syntheses of linear tetrapyrrole (bilin) chromophores including the sterically locked derivatives toward the investigation of structure and function of phytochromes as photoreceptors. The synthesized chromophores were successfully assembled with bacterial and plant apophytochromes in vitro and/or in vivo to demonstrate that they are valuable tools for studies on phytochromes.