Group II Intron-Encoded Proteins (IEPs/Maturases) as Key Regulators of Nad1 Expression and Complex I Biogenesis in Land Plant Mitochondria

Ron Mizrahi, Sofia Shevtsov-Tal, Oren Ostersetzer-Biran*

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Mitochondria are semi-autonomous organelles that produce much of the energy required for cellular metabolism. As descendants of a bacterial symbiont, most mitochondria harbor their own genetic system (mtDNA/mitogenome), with intrinsic machineries for transcription and protein translation. A notable feature of plant mitochondria involves the presence of introns (mostly group II-type) that reside in many organellar genes. The splicing of the mtRNAs relies on the activities of various protein cofactors, which may also link organellar functions with cellular or environmental signals. The splicing of canonical group II introns is aided by an ancient class of RT-like enzymes (IEPs/maturases, MATs) that are encoded by the introns themselves and act specifically on their host introns. The plant organellar introns are degenerated in structure and are generally also missing their cognate intron-encoded proteins. The factors required for plant mtRNA processing are mostly nuclearly-encoded, with the exception of a few degenerated MATs. These are in particular pivotal for the maturation of NADH-dehydrogenase transcripts. In the following review we provide an update on the non-canonical MAT factors in angiosperm mitochondria and summarize the current knowledge of their essential roles in regulating Nad1 expression and complex I (CI) biogenesis during embryogenesis and early plant life.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number1137
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022

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  • IEP
  • MAT
  • group II intron
  • intron encoded protein
  • maturase
  • mitochondria
  • plant
  • splicing


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