Title

Pyrroles and related compounds. Part 39. Structural and biosynthetic studies of the Chlorobium chlorophylls-660 (bacteriochlorophylls c). Incorporations of methionine and porphobilinogen

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1978

Abstract

Treatment of the phaeofarnesins (4) isolated from the Chlorobium chlorophylls-660 (ex. Chloropseudomonas ethylicum) with sulphuric acid in methanol gives the methyl phaeophorbides (1) which can be dehydrated by refluxing in benzene in the presence of acid to afford the 2-vinyl derivatives (2); prolonged refluxing gives the novel cyclised compounds (6). By-products from handling the pigments are the 8′-acetylbilitrienes (5), obtained by photo-oxygenation. [14CH3]-, [13CH 3]-, and [13C2H3]-L-methionine are efficiently incorporated into the Chlorobium chlorophylls-660, showing that the extra methylation present in the δ-methyl, 4-isobutyl, 4-n-propyl, and 5-ethyl groups of these pigments is methionine derived. Using 6-14C labelled material, porphobilinogen is also confirmed as an important building block in these bacterial chlorophylls.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1

First Page

845

Last Page

852

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