Formation of protoporphyrin from haemoglobin in vitro.

1. The formation of protoporphyrin from red blood cells or purified haemoglobin in aqueous perchloric acid media without the prior isolation of haemin is described. The reaction is carried out in the absence of oxygen and in red light. Even traces of oxygen inhibit the reaction by oxidative destruction of protoporphyrin and by the oxidation of haem to… (More)