Mechanism of the Photodephosphorylation of Menadiol Diphosphate. A Model for Bioquantum Conversion

Pill Soon Song, Thomas A. Moore

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Photooxidation and photodephosphorylation of menadiol diphosphate by riboflavin and oxygen have been investigated as a model for biological quantum conversion. The details of the mechanism for this process in water have been studied experimentally. The results obtained suggest that the singlet oxygen generated by the triplet energy transfer from riboflavin is the photochemically reactive species which oxidizes and dephosphorylates menadiol diphosphate. The implication of this photoprocess as a bioquantum conversion model has been discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6507-6514
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 1968


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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