Dr. Tslil Ast
Mitochondria are essential for the function of the eukaryotic cell- why?
Over the past two decades it has become apparent that a core and ubiquitous function of mitochondria is iron-sulfur (Fe-S) cluster biosynthesis. These ancient co-factors, which are produced in the mitochondria, are vital for proteins that take part in DNA replication, translation, metabolism and cellular respiration. In light of these essential tasks, it's not surprising that problems in Fe-S cluster synthesis are linked to human diseases, including the most common mitochondrial disease- Friedreich's ataxia. Yet surprisingly little is known about this pathway, and how it is regulated by the cell is even more mysterious.
Our lab couples cutting edge genetic and high content tools with cell biology and biochemistry approaches to shed new light on this essential pathway and how it's wired into the human cell.
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