Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 43–73

Enzymes of chlorophyll biosynthesis

  • Samuel I. Beale

DOI: 10.1023/A:1006297731456

Cite this article as:
Beale, S.I. Photosynthesis Research (1999) 60: 43. doi:10.1023/A:1006297731456


The enzymes responsible for chlorophyll biosynthesis in plants, algae and cyanobacteria are identified and described, with emphasis on their protein composition and structure, required cofactors, physical and catalytic properties, protein-protein interactions and allosteric modulation of activity. Properties and features of the pathway that enable it to operate in a coordinated way while using unstable and light-sensitive intermediates in potentially hostile biochemical environments are discussed. The evolutionary relationships and possible origins of the chlorophyll biosynthetic enzymes are also discussed.

chloroplast development greening photosynthetic pigments porphyrins tetrapyrroles 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel I. Beale
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Biology and MedicineBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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