Non-canonical roles of lysyl-tRNA synthetase in health and disease

Trends Mol Med. 2013 Dec;19(12):726-31. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2013.07.011. Epub 2013 Aug 20.


Lysyl-tRNA synthetase (LysRS) is a highly conserved enzyme that is part of the translational machinery in all living cells. Besides its canonical role in translation, LysRS gained additional domains and functions throughout evolution. These include its essential role in HIV replication and its roles in transcriptional regulation, cytokine-like signaling, and transport of proteins to the cell membrane. These diverse processes are tightly regulated through post-transcriptional modifications, interactions with other proteins, and targeting to the various cell compartments. The emerging variety of tasks performed by LysRS may therefore be utilized by various processes and pathological conditions that are described in this review, and their ongoing investigation is of extreme importance for our understanding of basic cellular regulatory mechanisms.

Keywords: HIV; cell signaling; gene regulation; lysyl-tRNA synthetase.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / enzymology*
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / genetics
  • Animals
  • HIV Infections / enzymology*
  • HIV Infections / genetics
  • Health
  • Humans
  • Lysine-tRNA Ligase / genetics
  • Lysine-tRNA Ligase / metabolism*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / enzymology*
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases / genetics


  • Lysine-tRNA Ligase