The protein encoded by this gene is the sixth enzyme of the heme biosynthetic pathway. The encoded enzyme is soluble and found in the intermembrane space of mitochondria. This enzyme catalyzes the stepwise oxidative decarboxylation of coproporphyrinogen III to protoporphyrinogen IX, a precursor of heme. Defects in this gene are a cause of hereditary coproporphyria (HCP).
CPOX; coproporphyrinogen oxidase; coproporphyrinogen oxidase (coproporphyria, harderoporphyria) , CPO; coproporphyrinogen-III oxidase, mitochondrial; coproporphyria; CPX; HCP; COX; coprogen oxidase; coproporphyrinogenase; CPO; cb535; sb:cb535; wu:fc43a01; oxygen-dependent coproporphyrinogen-III oxidase, mitochondrial