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Retinal Pigments

"Retinal Pigments" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Photosensitive protein complexes of varied light absorption properties which are expressed in the PHOTORECEPTOR CELLS. They are OPSINS conjugated with VITAMIN A-based chromophores. Chromophores capture photons of light, leading to the activation of opsins and a biochemical cascade that ultimately excites the photoreceptor cells.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Retinal Pigments" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Retinal Pigments" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 32 publications over 17 distinct years, with a maximum of 5 publications in 1990
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