Visual pigments such as rhodopsin and porphyropsin are light-absorbing molecules that mediate vision. Rhodopsin consists of an apoprotein, opsin, covalently linked to 11-cis-retinal. This receptor is coupled to the activation of phospholipase C. Porphyropsin consists of opsin covalently linked to 11-cis 3,4-didehydroretinal.
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Protein Aliases: L opsin; Long Wavelength Sensitive opsin; LWS opsin; OPN2; opsin 2; opsin 2, rod pigment; Opsin-2; Red Opsin; RHO; Rhodopsin; Rhodopsin (retinitis pigmentosa 4, autosomal dominant); Rod Opsin
Gene Aliases: CSNBAD1; Noerg1; OPN2; Ops; RHO; RP4