Cochaperone binding to LYR motifs confers specificity of iron sulfur cluster delivery

Cell Metab. 2014 Mar 4;19(3):445-57. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2014.01.015.


Iron sulfur (Fe-S) clusters, preassembled on the ISCU scaffold, are transferred to target proteins or to intermediate scaffolds by a dedicated chaperone-cochaperone system. However, the molecular mechanisms that underlie substrate discrimination and guide delivery of nascent clusters to specific subsets of Fe-S recipients are poorly understood. Here, we identified interacting partners of the cochaperone HSC20 and discovered that LYR motifs are molecular signatures of specific recipient Fe-S proteins or accessory factors that assist Fe-S cluster delivery. In succinate dehydrogenase B, two LYR motifs engage the ISCU-HSC20-HSPA9 complex to aid incorporation of three Fe-S clusters within the final structure of complex II. Moreover, we show that members of the LYR motif family which assist assembly of complexes II or III, SDHAF1 and LYRM7, respectively, are HSC20 binding partners. Our studies unveil a network of interactions between HSC20 and LYR motif-containing proteins that are key to the assembly and function of complexes I, II, and III.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Motifs
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Binding Sites
  • HEK293 Cells
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / genetics
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / metabolism
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Iron-Sulfur Proteins / chemistry
  • Iron-Sulfur Proteins / metabolism*
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / genetics
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / metabolism
  • Molecular Chaperones / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Molecular Chaperones / chemistry
  • Molecular Chaperones / genetics
  • Molecular Chaperones / metabolism*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Protein Binding
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA, Small Interfering / metabolism


  • HSCB protein, human
  • HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins
  • HSPA9 protein, human
  • Iron-Sulfur Proteins
  • Mitochondrial Proteins
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • RNA, Small Interfering