Methods for the preparation of chlorophyllide a

An intermediate of the chlorophyll biosynthetic pathway

André H. Müller*, Simon P. Gough, David W. Bollivar, Morten Meldal, Robert D. Willows, Mats Hansson

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Chlorophyllide a is a metabolite late in the biosynthesis of chlorophylls and bacteriochlorophylls. Isolation procedures for chlorophyllide a from Rhodobacter capsulatus CB1200 and barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) are described and compared. R. capsulatus CB1200 is a double mutant in the bacteriochlorophyllide a biosynthetic pathway, and chlorophyllide a is excreted by the cells when grown in Tween 80-containing liquid medium. It was purified by liquid or solid phase extraction, yielding 7 mg of chlorophyllide a from 1 L of culture. In a second approach, intrinsic chlorophyllase activity was used to dephytylate chlorophyll in an acetonic preparation of leaves of wild-type or chlorophyll b-deficient barley. Purification was achieved by liquid phase extraction, yielding 14 μg of chlorophyllide a per gram of barley leaves. Chlorophyllide a was identified by thin layer chromatography, absorption spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical Biochemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2011

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