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Any of several orange-red phycobiliproteins that are found especially in red algae.


(Biochemistry) biochem a type of red pigment or protein which is found in algae


(ˌfaɪ koʊ ɪˈrɪθ rɪn, -ˈɛr ə θrɪn)

a red protein pigment occurring in red algae.
[1870–75; phyco- + Greek erythr(ós) red + -in1]
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Noun1.phycoerythrin - red pigment in red algae
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
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PBPs and can be classified into three major classes based on the distinct maximum spectra absorption: phycoerythrins (PE: lmax ~565 nm), phycocyanins (PC: lmax ~620 nm) and allophycocyanin (APC: lmax ~650 nm) (Yamanaka et al.
Large aggregates of phycoerythrins can be prepared by covalent linkage (10) or by chemically stabilizing naturally occurring phycobilisomes, a naturally aggregated form of phycoerythrin isolated from algae, and the aggregates conjugated to binding proteins to produce reagents with very high fluorescence response (11, 12).
The ORAC assay is based largely on the work reported by Glazer's laboratory (5) and depends on the unique properties of phycoerythrins.
reported to contain a phycoerythrin (PE) pigment (PE-III) as well as the