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Mitochondria as emergency landing for abandoned peroxins

Vögtle FN, Meisinger C.

EMBO Rep 2021; doi: 10.15252/embr.202153790


Zellweger spectrum disorder (ZSD) is the most severe peroxisomal biogenesis disorder (PBD). Why ZSD patients not only loose functional peroxisomes but also present with severe mitochondrial dysfunction was a long-standing mystery. It as been identified now that loss of peroxisomes leads to re-routing of peroxisomal proteins to mitochondria, thereby impairing mitochondrial structure and function. These findings provide the first molecular understanding of the mitochondrial-peroxisomal link in ZSD.