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Urine Porphyrins

Doctor's Data

SKU: 4242

$162.00

Product Description

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Urine Porphyrins

 

Abnormal levels of urinary porphyrins, oxidized metabolites of heme biosynthesis, are associated with genetic disorders, metabolic disturbances and diseases, anemias, oxidative stress, and high-level exposure to toxic chemicals or metals. Specific urine porphyrin profiles are associated with high-level exposure to mercury, arsenic, lead and some chemicals and drugs. Precoproporphyrins, associated with mercury, are reported separately and per unit of uroporphyrin to increase detection even when heme biosynthesis is low. This non-invasive test requires a single first morning void (FMV) or 24-hour urine collection.

 

Analytes Tested

Analyte
Copro I-Copro III ratio
Coproporphyrin I; urine
Coproporphyrin III; urine
Heptacarboxyporphyrin; urine
Hexacarboxyporphyrin; urine
Pentacarboxyporphyrin; urine
Precoproporphyrin Peak I; urine
Precoproporphyrin Peak II; urine
Precoproporphyrin Peak III; urine
Precoproporphyrin Uro Ratio
Total Porphyrins; urine
Total Precoproporphyrin Peak IIII; urine
Uroporphyrins; urine

This test is useful for

  • Anemia
  • Autism
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Toxic Chemical or Metal Exposure

Detailed Information

Urinary porphyrins are oxidized intermediate metabolites of heme biosynthesis and are readily excreted in excess when porphyrinogens accumulate as a result of inhibition of specific enzymes in the heme biosynthetic pathway. Heme is required for oxygen binding, transport and utilization, cytochromes, and electron transport in mitrochondira. The high rate of production of heme facilitates the use of urinary porphyrins as early and sensitive biomarkers of disorders in heme production, which has long been associated with genetic disorders, metabolic disturbances and diseases, nutritional status, oxidative stress and high-level exposure to toxic chemicals or metals.

Specific urinary porphyrin profiles have been associated with very high levels of toxic metals such as mercury (Hg), lead and arsenic. Mercury specifically inhibits two enzymes in porphyrinogen metabolism—uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase and coproporphyrinogen oxidase (CPOX). Inhibition of those two enzymes, particularly in the renal cortex, results in accumulation of pentacarboxyporphyrinogen and coproporphyrinogen III. Oxidation of the abnormally elevated porphyrinogens results in elevated urinary levels of total porphyrins, pentacarboxyporphyrin and coproporphyrin III. Recent research has identified an additional abnormal porphyrin in the urine of Hg-exposed dentists and also in rats fed very high levels of mercury for extended periods of time. A third Hg-associated porphyrin is most commonly referred to as “precoproporphyrin” as it elutes after pentacarboxyporphyrin and before coproporphyrin I. Precoproporphyrin has yet to be characterized with respect to molecular identity and appears to be elevated in Hg-exposed individuals who carry a variant of the CPOX gene (CPOX4 polymorphism).

Research at Doctor’s Data, Inc. has identified three separate precoproporphyrin peaks. Since knowledge about the Hg-associated precoproporphyrin entities is limited, we report the levels of all three peaks separately, as well as the total, for research use. Since uroporphyrin levels are not known to be affected by Hg, we also report the total precoproporphyrins-to-uroporphyrin ratio to increase the sensitivity for detecting abnormalities in individuals with low heme biosynthesis, as may occur in children with nutritional deficiencies or autism.

In addition:

•  Arsenic exposure has been associated with elevated levels of uroporphyrins and coproporphyrin I,
and an elevated ratio of coproporphyrins (I: III).
•  Lead exposure has been associated with elevated levels of coproporphyrin III.
•  Exposure to hexachlorobenzene and dioxin has been associated with elevated levels of uroporphyrins.
•  Exposure to polyvinylchloride (PVC) and polybrominated biphenyl has been associated with elevated
levels of coproporphyrins.

Various drugs and other substances can suppress enzymes involved in porphyrin metabolism and affect the levels of urinary porphyrins. Such compounds include alcohol, sedatives, analgesics, antibiotics, estrogens and oral contraceptives. Anemia, pregnancy and liver disease can also affect porphyrin metabolism.

This non-invasive test requires a single first morning void (FMV) or 24-hour urine collection.

 

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