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Retinal Pigments

Photosensitive protein complexes of varied light absorption properties which are expressed in the PHOTORECEPTOR CELLS. They are OPSINS conjugated with VITAMIN A-based chromophores. Chromophores capture photons of light, leading to the activation of opsins and a biochemical cascade that ultimately excites the photoreceptor cells.

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Tree Number(s): D23.767.930

MeSH Unique ID: D012168

Entry Terms:

  • Pigments, Retinal
  • Visual Pigments
  • Pigments, Visual
  • Retinal Photoreceptor Pigments
  • Photoreceptor Pigments, Retinal
  • Pigments, Retinal Photoreceptor

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