The pentatricopeptide repeats present in Pet309 are necessary for translation but not for stability of the mitochondrial COX1 mRNA in yeast.

Pet309 is a protein essential for respiratory growth. It is involved in translation of the yeast mitochondrial COX1 gene, which encodes subunit I of the cytochrome c oxidase. Pet309 is also involved in stabilization of the COX1 mRNA. Mutations in a similar human protein, Lrp130, are associated with Leigh syndrome, where cytochrome c oxidase activity is… CONTINUE READING