Uroporphyrinogen III synthase

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Template:Enzyme Template:Infobox protein Template:Infobox protein family Uroporphyrinogen III synthase EC is an enzyme involved in the metabolism of the cyclic tetrapyrrole compound porphyrin. It is involved in the conversion of hydroxymethyl bilane into uroporphyrinogen III. This enzyme catalyses the inversion of the final pyrrole unit (ring D) of the linear tetrapyrrole molecule, linking it to the first pyrrole unit (ring A), thereby generating a large macrocyclic structure, uroporphyrinogen III.[1] The enzyme folds into two alpha/beta domains connected by a beta-ladder, the active site being located between the two domains.[2]

Heme synthesis—note that some reactions occur in the cytoplasm and some in the mitochondrion (yellow)


A deficiency is associated with Gunther's disease, also known as congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP). This is an autosomal recessive inborn error of metabolism that results from the markedly deficient activity of uroporphyrinogen III synthase.[3]


  1. Raux E, Schubert HL, Warren MJ (December 2000). "Biosynthesis of cobalamin (vitamin B12): a bacterial conundrum". Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 57 (13-14): 1880–93. PMID 11215515. doi:10.1007/PL00000670. 
  2. Mathews MA, Schubert HL, Whitby FG, Alexander KJ, Schadick K, Bergonia HA, Phillips JD, Hill CP (November 2001). "Crystal structure of human uroporphyrinogen III synthase". EMBO J. 20 (21): 5832–9. PMC 125291Freely accessible. PMID 11689424. doi:10.1093/emboj/20.21.5832. 
  3. To-Figueras J, Badenas C, Mascaro JM, Madrigal I, Merino A, Bastida P, Lecha M, Herrero C (2007). "Study of the genotype-phenotype relationship in four cases of congenital erythropoietic porphyria". Blood Cells Mol. Dis. 38 (3): 242–6. PMID 17270473. doi:10.1016/j.bcmd.2006.12.001. 

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