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5-Aminolevulinic acid hydrochloride finds an important role as a precursor in the synthesis of tetrapyrroles such as chlorophyll and heme. It is widely utilized in photodynamic therapy of diseases namely, Pagets disease and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection-associated cervical condylomata acuminata.
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Nunkaew, T.; Kantachote, D.; Nitoda, T.; Kanzaki, H. Selection of salt tolerant purple nonsulfur bacteria producing 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) and reducing methane emissions from microbial rice straw degradation. Appl. Soil Ecol. 2015, 86, 113-120.