NEET proteins as novel drug targets for mitochondrial dysfunction

Henri Baptiste Marjault, Ke Zuo, Ron Mittler, Paolo Carloni, Rachel Nechushtai

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NEET proteins belong to a newly discovered class of iron-sulfur proteins that harbor a unique labile [2Fe-2S] cluster and is thought to play a major role in preventing mitochondrial dysfunction. Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with many human pathologies including diabetes, inflammation, neurodegeneration, and cancer. The degree of NEET [2Fe-2S] cluster stability was recently shown to affect mitochondrial function. Nevertheless, only a few compounds have thus far been discovered or designed as NEET ligands that control NEET [2Fe-2S] stability. This chapter summarizes the role of NEET proteins in different diseases and highlights the need to develop additional NEET ligands with a high therapeutic potential.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationClinical Bioenergetics
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Pathophysiology to Clinical Translation
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128196212
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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  • Cluster lability
  • Drug design
  • Iron-sulfur proteins
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • NEET proteins


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