Magnesium protoporphyrin IX methyltransferase

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magnesium protoporphyrin IX methyltransferase
EC number2.1.1.11
CAS number9029-82-7
IntEnzIntEnz view
ExPASyNiceZyme view
MetaCycmetabolic pathway
PDB structuresRCSB PDB PDBe PDBsum
Gene OntologyAmiGO / QuickGO

In enzymology, a magnesium protoporphyrin IX methyltransferase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

S-adenosyl-L-methionine + magnesium protoporphyrin IX S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + magnesium protoporphyrin IX 13-methyl ester

The two substrates of this enzyme are S-adenosyl methionine and magnesium protoporphyrin IX; its two products are S-adenosylhomocysteine and magnesium protoporphyrin IX 13-methyl ester.

This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically those transferring one-carbon group methyltransferases. The systematic name of this enzyme class is S-adenosyl-L-methionine:magnesium-protoporphyrin-IX O-methyltransferase. This enzyme is part of the biosynthetic pathway to chlorophylls.[1][2]

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  1. ^ Willows, Robert D. (2003). "Biosynthesis of chlorophylls from protoporphyrin IX". Natural Product Reports. 20 (6): 327–341. doi:10.1039/B110549N. PMID 12828371.
  2. ^ Bollivar, David W. (2007). "Recent advances in chlorophyll biosynthesis". Photosynthesis Research. 90 (2): 173–194. doi:10.1007/s11120-006-9076-6. PMID 17370354.