Recent Advances in Chlorophyll Biosynthesis

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The importance of chlorophyll (Chl) to the process of photosynthesis is obvious, and there is clear evidence that the regulation of Chl biosynthesis has a significant role in the regulation of assembly of the photosynthetic apparatus. The understanding of Chl biosynthesis has rapidly advanced in recent years. The identification of genetic loci associated with each of the biochemical steps has been accompanied by a greater appreciation of the role of Chl biosynthesis intermediates in intracellular signaling. The purpose of this review is to provide a source of information for all the steps in Chl and bacteriochlorophyll a biosynthesis, with an emphasis on steps that are believed to be key regulation points.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalPhotosynthesis Research
StatePublished - 2006


  • Bacteriochlorophyll a
  • Chlorophyll a
  • Chlorophyll biosynthesis
  • Chlorophyll synthase
  • Mg-chelatase
  • Mg-protoporphyrin IX
  • Mg-protoporphyrin IX methyltransferase
  • Mg-protoporphyrin IX monomethyl ester


  • Molecular Biology

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