Urethane as an inhibitor of the firefly light reaction.

Publications // Sarah Nehls // Jan 01 1989

PubMed ID: 2601575

Author(s): Nehls SM, Bittar EE. Urethane as an inhibitor of the firefly light reaction. Life Sci. 1989;45(23):2225-31. PMID 2601575

Journal: Life Sciences, Volume 45, Issue 23, 1989

A study has been made to test the hypothesis that general anesthetics such as urethane are able to inhibit light from a firefly reaction mixture. Urethane was found to reduce light emission in a dose-dependent manner, the minimal effective concentration being about 20 mM. Dixon plots gave a Ki value in the range of 175 to 215 mM. Lineweaver-Burk plots showed that urethane increases the apparent Km for ATP and reduces Vmax for the reaction. This is taken to mean that urethane acts as both a competitive and non-competitive inhibitor of the firefly light reaction (mixed-type inhibition).