Document Type

Article

Abstract

Friedreich’s ataxia is an inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by frataxin deficiency. Frataxin is a conserved mitochondrial protein that plays a role in Fe-S cluster assembly in mitochondria. Fe-S clusters are modular cofactors that perform essential functions throughout the cell. They are synthesized by a multi-step and multi-subunit mitochondrial machinery that includes a scaffold protein Isu for assembling a protein bound Fe-S cluster intermediate. Frataxin interacts with Isu, iron, and with the cysteine desulfurase Nfs1 that supplies sulfur, thus placing it at the center of mitochondrial Fe-S cluster biosynthesis.

Disciplines

Biochemistry | Chemistry | Molecular Biology

Comments

This is the author's post-print version, previously appearing in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2010, 285, 35, 26737-43. http://www.jbc.org/