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ACS Chem Biol. 2006 Nov 21;1(10):627-9.

Intracellular trafficking of porphyrins.

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  • 1Department of Animal and Avian Sciences and Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA. hamza@umd.edu

Abstract

Hemes are porphyrins that play a critical role in diverse biological processes. Heme synthesis culminates in the mitochondrial matrix, but the eight-step biosynthetic pathway is spatially shared between the mitochondria and cytoplasm. A recent paper describes the nature of the transporter that translocates the heme precursor coproporphyrinogen III into the mitochondria for heme synthesis. The identification of ABCB6 (ATP-binding cassette, subfamily B, member 6) and future studies aimed at precisely delineating the mechanism and the physiological nature of its ligand(s) will further enhance our current understanding of the intracellular movement of tetrapyrroles in eukaryotes.

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17168567
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PMC4086146
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10.1021/cb600442b
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