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Haem Biosynthesis

  1. Rosine Labbe-Bois1,
  2. Carole Beaumont2

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0000556



How to Cite

Labbe-Bois, R. and Beaumont, C. 2001. Haem Biosynthesis. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS/Université Paris 7, Paris, France

  2. 2

    INSERM U409, Faculté Xavier Bichat, Paris, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


The haem biosynthesis pathway consists of a series of enzymatic reactions providing the cells with haem, the end product, and intermediates used as precursors for the synthesis of other tetrapyrrolic pigments, such as the chlorophylls.


  • haemoproteins;
  • porphyrins;
  • chlorophylls;
  • iron;
  • erythropoiesis