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Would synthesis of Acetylcholine make photons?

  1. May 29, 2015 #1
    the Neurotransmitter Acetylcholine (ACh) has 1 less electron for its Nitrogen (N), I think it gives it to Chlorine (Cl) so when an electron in one energy orbit goes into a new atom at a different energy orbit, would the difference of energy level (the Photon) radiate outward?

    After all the electron (e-) is at energy orbit 2 in (N) and goes into 3 in (Cl)
  2. jcsd
  3. May 29, 2015 #2
    I have got myself all terribly confused, sorry about that. I looked more into it.

    Bioluminescence is light produced by a chemical reaction within an organism.

    At least two chemicals are required. The one which produces the light is generically called a "luciferin" and the one that drives or catalyzes the reaction is called a "luciferase."

    The basic reaction follows the sequence illustrated above:
    • The luciferase catalyzes the oxidation of luciferin
    • Resulting in light and an inactive "oxyluciferin"
    • In most cases, fresh luciferin must be brought into the system, either through the diet or by internal synthesis.

    Humans can synthesize choline moieties in small amounts by converting phosphatidylethanolamine into phosphatidylcholine (see Figure 2 above). Three methylation reactions catalyzed by phosphatidylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PEMT) are required, each using S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) as a methyl group donor. Choline is generated endogenously when the methylation of phosphatidylethanolamine is coupled with the catabolism of newly formed phosphatidylcholine by phospholipases. This is referred to as de novo synthesis of choline. The substitution of choline by serine in the synthesis of phosphatidylserine from phosphatidylcholine by phosphatidylserine synthase-1 also releases choline (4). Because phosphatidylcholine metabolism is a source of endogenous choline, the nutrient was not initially classified as essential (1). Yet, de novo choline synthesis in humans is not sufficient to meet their metabolic needs such that healthy humans fed choline-deficient diets develop fatty liver, liver damage, and/or muscle damage (see Deficiency).

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    For the science of interactions of light and living beings, see biophotonics.
    A biophoton (from the Greek βίος meaning "life" and φῶς meaning "light") is a photon of non-thermal origin in the visible and ultraviolet spectrum emitted from a biological system. Emission of biophotons is technically a type of bioluminescence,

    So basically when Choline is made it produces a Biophoton. I'm sorry for confusing you all and wasting your time :(
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