Author: R. N. Tilbury and T. I. Quickenden *
Conference/Journal: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Date published: 1988 Jan
Other: Volume ID: 47 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 145-150 , Special Notes: DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-1097.1988.tb02704.x , Word Count: 152
Weak luminescence was detected using photon counting equipment, from oxygenated, liquid cultures of Escherichia coli during two stages of its growth cycle. The first period of emission occurred during the exponential phase of growth and comprised a UV(210–330 nm) band and a visible region(450–620 nm) band, the total intensity being (1.65 ± 0.12) x 103 counts s-1. The second period of emission occurred during the stationary phase of growth and comprised only a visible region(450–620 nm) band of intensity (8.72 ± 0.15) x 103 counts s-1. When the growth temperature was raised from 306.15 to 310.15 K, the above emission intensities were approximately halved, but the spectra were not changed significantly. No luminescence was observed at either temperature when the E. coli was grown anaerobically. The visible region luminescence was attributed to excited carbonyl groups and excited singlet O2 dimers formed during the decomposition of lipid peroxides. The UV component was tentatively assigned to oxidative side reactions accompanying the synthesis of proteins.