F. J. Leeper
"Intermediate Steps in the Biosynthesis of Chlorophylls"
in Chlorophylls, H. Scheer, Editor. 1991, CRC Press, Boca Raton, p. 407-431.
We have seen in the preceding chapter that the biosynthetic route to 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) differs in different organisms. However, the remainder of the pathway that is common to the hemes and the chlorophylls (i.e. until the insertion of the metal ion) is remarkably consistent throughout the whole of nature. It is this part of the biosynthesis that forms the main part of the present chapter (Sections I to VI). Also covered are the steps leading to heme and the linear tetrapyrroles of plants and algae (Sections VII and VIII) and part of the pathway to chlorophylls (Section IX) and bacteriochlorophylls (Section X).
Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge