Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 82, Issue 11, pp 1324–1335 | Cite as

Factors beyond enolase 2 and mitochondrial lysyl-tRNA synthetase precursor are required for tRNA import into yeast mitochondria

  • M. V. Baleva
  • M. Meyer
  • N. Entelis
  • I. Tarassov
  • P. Kamenski
  • B. MasquidaEmail author


In yeast, the import of tRNALys with CUU anticodon (tRK1) relies on a complex mechanism where interaction with enolase 2 (Eno2p) dictates a deep conformational change of the tRNA. This event is believed to mask the tRNA from the cytosolic translational machinery to re-direct it towards the mitochondria. Once near the mitochondrial outer membrane, the precursor of the mitochondrial lysyl-tRNA synthetase (preMsk1p) takes over enolase to carry the tRNA within the mitochondrial matrix, where it is supposed to participate in translation following correct refolding. Biochemical data presented in this report focus on the role of enolase. They show that despite the inability of Eno2p alone to form a complex with tRK1, mitochondrial import can be recapitulated in vitro using fractions of yeast extracts sharing either recombinant or endogenous yeast Eno2p as one of the main components. Taken together, our data suggest the existence of a protein complex containing Eno2p that is involved in RNA mitochondrial import.


RNA mitochondrial import RNA chaperone tRNA–enolase interaction enolase moonlighting protein 



electrophoretic mobility shift assay


enolase 2


isothermal titration microcalorimetry


precursor of mitochondrial lysyl-tRNA synthetase


tRNALys with CUU anticodon


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Baleva
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. Meyer
    • 3
  • N. Entelis
    • 1
  • I. Tarassov
    • 1
  • P. Kamenski
    • 2
    • 4
  • B. Masquida
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.GMGMCNRS − University of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityFaculty of BiologyMoscowRussia
  3. 3.IGBMCCNRS − University of StrasbourgIllkirchFrance
  4. 4.Immanuil Kant Baltic Federal UniversityInstitute of Living SystemsKaliningradRussia

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