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|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Cofactors, Prosthetic Groups, Electron Carriers Biosynthesis → Porphyrin Compounds Biosynthesis → Heme Biosynthesis|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655
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Heme (protoheme, heme b) is an iron-containing prosthetic group found in many essential proteins including cytochromes and heme-containing globins. It is a porphyrin member of the cyclic tetrapyrroles. It is biosynthesized as protoheme, but different derivatives of protoheme can be formed that differ in modifications to the porphyrin ring, including how it is bound to the protein, such as heme o, heme a, heme c, and heme d.
This superpathway shows the two routes of synthesis found in the facultative anaerobe Escherichia coli. Under aerobic conditions, the transition from coproporphyrinogen III to protoporphyrinogen IX is catalyzed by the oxygen -dependent coproporphyrinogen III oxidase (EC 126.96.36.199). However, when oxygen is not available, the organism is still able to catalyze this transition, using the readical-SAM enzyme coproporphyrinogen III dehydrogenase (EC 188.8.131.52), which can catalyze the transition without the need for molecular oxygen. This enzyme, which contains an iron-sulfur cluster, is able to break SAM into L-methionine and a 5'-deoxyadenosineyl radical. This radical can attack coproporphyrinogen III and bring about the conversion to protoporphyrinogen IX.
This enzyme is found in many bacteria, but does not appear to be present in archaea or eukarya (the only reference for the enzyme in a eukaryote is in the organism Tetrahymena thermophila, but this finding is based on sequence analysis alone, and has not been verified biochemically).
Important branch points within this pathway lead to biosynthesis of other important compounds such as vitamin B12 (cobalamin) (see adenosylcobalamin biosynthesis II (late cobalt incorporation)), coenzyme F430 (see factor 430 biosynthesis), siroheme (see siroheme biosynthesis), heme D biosynthesis, and bacteriochlorophyll (see chlorophyllide a biosynthesis I (aerobic, light-dependent)).
Subpathways: heme biosynthesis II (anaerobic)
Variants: heme biosynthesis I (aerobic) , heme biosynthesis III (from siroheme) , heme d1 biosynthesis , superpathay of heme biosynthesis from glutamate , superpathway of heme biosynthesis from glycine
Unification Links: EcoCyc:PWY0-1415
Caughey75: Caughey WS, Smythe GA, O'Keeffe DH, Maskasky JE, Smith MI (1975). "Heme A of cytochrome c oxicase. Structure and properties: comparisons with hemes B, C, and S and derivatives." J Biol Chem 250(19);7602-22. PMID: 170266
Boynton09: Boynton TO, Daugherty LE, Dailey TA, Dailey HA (2009). "Identification of Escherichia coli HemG as a novel, menadione-dependent flavodoxin with protoporphyrinogen oxidase activity." Biochemistry 48(29):6705-11. PMID: 19583219
Breckau03: Breckau D, Mahlitz E, Sauerwald A, Layer G, Jahn D (2003). "Oxygen-dependent coproporphyrinogen III oxidase (HemF) from Escherichia coli is stimulated by manganese." J Biol Chem 278(47);46625-31. PMID: 12975365
Cantoni84: Cantoni L, Dal Fiume D, Ruggieri R (1984). "Decarboxylation of uroporphyrinogen I and III in 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin induced porphyria in mice." Int J Biochem 16(5);561-5. PMID: 6724109
Corrigall98: Corrigall AV, Siziba KB, Maneli MH, Shephard EG, Ziman M, Dailey TA, Dailey HA, Kirsch RE, Meissner PN (1998). "Purification of and kinetic studies on a cloned protoporphyrinogen oxidase from the aerobic bacterium Bacillus subtilis." Arch Biochem Biophys 358(2);251-6. PMID: 9784236
Dailey00: Dailey HA, Dailey TA, Wu CK, Medlock AE, Wang KF, Rose JP, Wang BC (2000). "Ferrochelatase at the millennium: structures, mechanisms and [2Fe-2S] clusters." Cell Mol Life Sci 57(13-14);1909-26. PMID: 11215517
Dailey94: Dailey HA, Sellers VM, Dailey TA (1994). "Mammalian ferrochelatase. Expression and characterization of normal and two human protoporphyric ferrochelatases." J Biol Chem 269(1);390-5. PMID: 8276824
DiazMejia09: Diaz-Mejia JJ, Babu M, Emili A (2009). "Computational and experimental approaches to chart the Escherichia coli cell-envelope-associated proteome and interactome." FEMS Microbiol Rev 33(1);66-97. PMID: 19054114
Fujimoto12: Fujimoto N., Kosaka T., Yamada M. (2012). "Menaquinone as Well as Ubiquinone as a Crucial Component in the Escherichia coli Respiratory Chain." Chapter 10 in Chemical Biology, edited by D Ekinci, ISBN 978-953-51-0049-2.
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