Tetrapyrroles pp 235-249 | Cite as

Biosynthesis of Chlorophyll and Barteriochlorophyll

  • Derren J. Heyes
  • C. Neil Hunter
Part of the Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit book series (MBIU)


The (bacterio)chlorophyll biosynthetic pathway is of profound importance to the biosphere. During the past 20 years, there have been major advances in the under standing of the genes involved in the pathway and, more recently, in the enzymes that they encode. Chlorophyll biosynthesis can be considered to start with protoporphyrin IX, which lies at the branchpoint with haem synthesis. Therefore, this chapter will summarise the steps in the pathway from protoporphyrin IX through to (bacterio)chlorophyll. The discussion focuses on the current understanding of the bacterial, algal, and plant enzymes with particular emphasis on their protein composition and structure, required cofactors, physical and catalytic properties, and protein-protein interactions.


Rhodobacter Sphaeroides Chlorophyll Biosynthesis MoFe Protein Prolamellar Body Protochlorophyllide Oxidoreductase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Life Sciences Manchester Interdisciplinary BiocentreUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Western BankUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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