Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray characterization of a human mitochondrial phenylalanyl-tRNA synthetase.

Human monomeric mitochondrial phenylalanyl-tRNA synthetase (mitPheRS) is an enzyme that catalyzes the charging of tRNA with the cognate amino acid phenylalanine. Human mitPheRS is a chimera of the bacterial alpha-subunit of PheRS and the B8 domain of its beta-subunit. Together, the alpha-subunit and the 'RNP-domain' (B8 domain) at the C-terminus form the… (More)