On the evolution of porphyrinoids biosynthesis

In this hot article, Jonathan S. Lindsey and colleagues have looked at the hypothetical pre-biotic synthesis of tetrapyrroles and designed an enzyme free synthesis of nature’s universal precursor to the ‘pigments of life’ (corrins, heme, chlorophylls), in which the abiotic reaction under mild conditions of δ-aminolevulinic acid and the dione shown gives uroporphyrinogen.

Abiotic formation of uroporphyrinogen and coproporphyrinogen from acyclic reactants, Jonathan S. Lindsey, Vanampally Chandrashaker, Masahiko Taniguchi and Marcin Ptaszek, New J. Chem., 2011, Advance Article, DOI: 10.1039/C0NJ00716A, Paper

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