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D-aminolevulinic acid

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D-aminolevulinic acid

NH2CH2COCH2CH2COOH;an acid formed by d-aminolevulinate synthase from glycine and succinyl-coenzyme A; a precursor of porphobilinogen, hence an important intermediate in the biosynthesis of haematin. Ala levels are elevated in cases of lead poisoning.