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Skeletal formula
Skeletal formula
IUPAC name
Acetic acid [(1S,3R)-3-hydroxy-4-[(3E,5E,7E,9E,11Z)-11-[4-[(E)-2-[(1S,4S,6R)-4-hydroxy-2,2,6-trimethyl-7-oxabicyclo[4.1.0]heptan-1-yl]vinyl]-5-oxo-2-furylidene]-3,10-dimethylundeca-1,3,5,7,9-pentaenylidene]-3,5,5-trimethylcyclohexyl] ester
33281-81-1 YesY
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PubChem 5289155
Molar mass 630.82 g·mol−1
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Peridinin is a light-harvesting carotenoid, a pigment associated with chlorophyll and found in the peridinin-chlorophyll-protein (PCP) light-harvesting complex in dinoflagellates, best studied in Amphidinium carterae.[1]

Structural characteristics[edit]

The PCP complex is unique in its high ratio of peridinin to chlorophyll; most light-harvesting complexes contain more chlorophyll than carotenoids, but the PCP contains eight peridinin and two chlorophyll molecules arranged to promote peridinin-chlorophyll energy transfer. The PCP complex is a protein trimer with an unusual alpha solenoid protein fold with a molecular weight of 35kDa.

The peridinin-chlorophyll-protein light-harvesting complex. The peridinin molecules are pink and the chlorophyll molecules are black.

Spectral characteristics[edit]

Emission and excitation spectra of Peridinin Chlorophyll (PerCP)
  • Absorption maximum: 483 nm<
  • Emission maximum: 676 nm
  • Extinction coefficient (ε): 1.96 x 106 M−1cm−1
  • A483/A280 ≥ 4.6


Peridinin chlorophyll (PerCP) is commonly used in immunoassays such as fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and flow cytometry. The fluorophore is covalently linked to proteins or antibodies for use in research applications.[2]


  1. ^ Hofmann E, Wrench PM, Sharples FP, Hiller RG, Welte W, Diederichs K (1996). "Structural basis of light harvesting by carotenoids: peridinin-chlorophyll-protein from Amphidinium carterae". Science 272 (5269): 1788–1791. doi:10.1126/science.272.5269.1788. PMID 8650577. 
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