Time to wait for a thermal activation of a rhodopsin molecule at 37°C

Value 420 Years
Organism Generic
Reference Baylor D. How photons start vision. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1996 Jan 23 93(2):560-5. p.561 right column top paragraphPubMed ID8570595
Primary Source Baylor DA, Nunn BJ, Schnapf JL. The photocurrent, noise and spectral sensitivity of rods of the monkey Macaca fascicularis. J Physiol. 1984 Dec357: 575-607PubMed ID6512705
Comments Although thermal activation occurs, it is infrequent: one calculates a 420-year average wait for a rhodopsin molecule at 37°C (primary source).
Entered by Uri M
ID 107393