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Any of several isomeric, metal-free porphyrins, occurring in small quantities in normal urine and feces; molecule has four acetic acid (‒CH2COOH) and four propionic acid (‒CH2CH2COOH) groups.
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any of the pigments of the porphyrin group that are similar in structure and that occur primarily in urine and feces. In a number of pathological states (porphyria, certain types of poisoning), the content of one uroporphyrin in human urine sharply increases (to several hundred mg). Uroporphyrins have been found in the shells of pearl oysters and in planarians.

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The typical biochemical findings include elevated levels of uroporphyrin in urine with levels even upto sixty times the normal.
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It also implies increased plasma or urine porphyrins formed before the UROD step such as uroporphyrin, heptacarboxylporphyrin, hexacarboxylporphyrin, and pentacarboxylporphyrin (urine analysis not validated for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)) with concomitant normal levels of coproporphyrins [7].
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Urine porphyrins were shown on thin-layer chromatography (TLC) to be mostly uroporphyrin with a trace of heptacarboxylic porphyrin.
Congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) is one of the rare forms of an intriguing group of metabolic disorders known as porphyria, caused by an autosomal recessive inherited deficiency of the uroporphyrin III cosynthase enzyme.
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