Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit

Tetrapyrroles

Birth, Life and Death

Editors: Warren, Martin, Smith, Alison (Eds.)

  • Examines tetrapyrroles: biological molecules involved in metabolism in all kingdoms of life, from photosynthesis to methanogenesis
  • Addresses why tetrapyrroles are used in nature, how they are made, and what happens to them after they have finished their usefulness
  • Reviews the chemical properties of the tetrapyrrole scaffold and, where appropriate, the chemical characteristics of the centrally chelated metal ion
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Excluding the biological polymers proteins, lipids and nucleic acids, modified tetrapyrroles are the biological molecules that have had the greatest impact on the evolution of life over the past 4 billion years. They are involved in a wide variety of fundamental processes that underpin central primary metabolism in all kingdoms of life, from photosynthesis to methanogenesis. Moreover, they bring colour into the world and it is for this reason that these compounds have been appropriately dubbed the ‘pigments of life’. To understand how and why these molecules have been so universally integrated into the life processes one has to appreciate the chemical properties of the tetrapyrrole scaffold and, where appropriate, the chemical characteristics of the centrally chelated metal ion. This book addresses why these molecules are employed in Nature, how they are made and what happens to them after they have finished their usefulness.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • An Historical Introduction to Porphyrin and Chlorophyll Synthesis

    Moore, Michael R.

    Pages 1-28

  • Biosynthesis of 5-Aminolevulinic Acid

    Jahn, Dieter (et al.)

    Pages 29-42

  • 5-Aminolaevulinic Acid Dehydratase, Porphobilinogen Deaminase and Uroporphyrinogen III Synthase

    Schubert, Heidi L. (et al.)

    Pages 43-73

  • Transformation of Uroporphyrinogen III into Protohaem

    Cornah, Johanna E. (et al.)

    Pages 74-88

  • Inherited Disorders of Haem Synthesis:

    Badminton, Michael N. (et al.)

    Pages 89-100

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tetrapyrroles
Book Subtitle
Birth, Life and Death
Editors
  • Martin Warren
  • Alison Smith
Series Title
Molecular Biology Intelligence Unit
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-78518-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-78518-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-78517-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2691-3
Series ISSN
1431-0414
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 406
Number of Illustrations and Tables
155 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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