Aliases for ISCU Gene
- Iron-Sulfur Cluster Assembly Enzyme 2 3 5
- Iron-Sulfur Cluster Assembly Enzyme ISCU, Mitochondrial 3 4
- NifU-Like N-Terminal Domain-Containing Protein 3 4
- NIFUN 3 4
- IscU Iron-Sulfur Cluster Scaffold Homolog (E. Coli) 2
- Iron-Sulfur Cluster Scaffold Homolog (E. Coli) 2
- IscU Iron-Sulfur Cluster Scaffold Homolog 3
External Ids for ISCU Gene
Previous HGNC Symbols for ISCU Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for ISCU Gene
This gene encodes a component of the iron-sulfur (Fe-S) cluster scaffold. Fe-S clusters are cofactors that play a role in the function of a diverse set of enzymes, including those that regulate metabolism, iron homeostasis, and oxidative stress response. Alternative splicing results in transcript variants encoding different protein isoforms that localize either to the cytosol or to the mitochondrion. Mutations in this gene have been found in patients with hereditary myopathy with lactic acidosis. A disease-associated mutation in an intron may activate a cryptic splice site, resulting in the production of a splice variant encoding a putatively non-functional protein. A pseudogene of this gene is present on chromosome 1. [provided by RefSeq, Feb 2016]
GeneCards Summary for ISCU Gene
ISCU (Iron-Sulfur Cluster Assembly Enzyme) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with ISCU include Myopathy With Lactic Acidosis, Hereditary and Lactic Acidosis. Among its related pathways are Mitochondrial iron-sulfur cluster biogenesis and Metabolism. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include iron ion binding and iron-sulfur cluster binding.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for ISCU Gene
Scaffold protein for the de novo synthesis of iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters within mitochondria, which is required for maturation of both mitochondrial and cytoplasmic [2Fe-2S] and [4Fe-4S] proteins (PubMed:11060020). First, a [2Fe-2S] cluster is transiently assembled on the scaffold protein ISCU. In a second step, the cluster is released from ISCU, transferred to a glutaredoxin GLRX5, followed by the formation of mitochondrial [2Fe-2S] proteins, the synthesis of [4Fe-4S] clusters and their target-specific insertion into the recipient apoproteins. Cluster assembly on ISCU depends on the function of the cysteine desulfurase complex NFS1-LYRM4/ISD11, which serves as the sulfur donor for cluster synthesis, the iron-binding protein frataxin as the putative iron donor, and the electron transfer chain comprised of ferredoxin reductase and ferredoxin, which receive their electrons from NADH (By similarity).
[Isoform 2]: Functions as a cytoplasmic scaffold protein for the de novo synthesis of iron-sulfur clusters in the cytoplasm.