The effect of N-methylprotoporphyrin IX on the synthesis of photosynthetic pigments in Cyanidium caldarium. Further evidence for the role of haem in the biosynthesis of plant billins.


N-Methylprotoporphyrin IX strongly inhibits synthesis of phycocyanobilin, but not chlorophyll a, in the dark. In the light, both phycocyanin and chlorophyll a synthesis are inhibited in parallel. These results are consistent with the intermediacy of haem in algal bilin synthesis and suggest a control mechanism for chlorophyll a synthesis, previously unknown… (More)