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Textbook Problem

What is the difference, if any, between a porphyrin ring and a heme unit in terms of the number of pyrrole rings present?

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

Considering the total number of pyrrole rings in porphyrin and a heme unit, the difference has to be explained.

Concept Introduction:

Amines are a class of organic compounds that contain amino functional group.  Heterocyclic amine is also a class of organic compound in which the nitrogen atom of the amine group is present in the aromatic or nonaromatic ring.

Explanation

Structure of porphyrin ring is,

Looking at the structure above given for porphyrin, the total number of pyrrole rings present in it is found to be four.

Structure of a heme unit is,

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