The Mg branch of chlorophyll synthesis: biosynthesis of chlorophyll a from protoporphyrin IX

Robert D. Willows*

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Chlorophyll biosynthesis and specific enzymes with the chlorophyll biosynthetic pathway have been reviewed extensively over the last 20 years. This chapter is intended to both summarize and update on previous reviews but it will primarily concentrate on the reaction mechanisms, enzymology and structure function relationships of the enzymes involved in synthesizing chlorophyll a from protoporphyrin IX.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetabolism, structure and function of plant tetrapyrroles
Subtitle of host publicationintroduction, microbial and eukaryotic chlorophyll synthesis and catabolism
EditorsBernhard Grimm
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9780081027530
ISBN (Print)9780081027523
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Botanical Research
ISSN (Print)0065-2296


  • magnesium chelatase
  • protochlorophyllide reductase
  • chlorophyllide
  • oxidative cyclase
  • chlorophyll synthase
  • protoporphyrin IX
  • magnesium protoporphyrin IX
  • divinyl reductase


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