Mitochondrial frataxin functions in iron homeostasis, biogenesis of iron-sulfur clusters, protection from oxidative stress and apoptosis, and as a tumor suppressor protein. We examined regulation of the expression of the human frataxin by p53. Pifithrin-α, an inhibitor of p53 function, and knockdown of p53 decreased the level of frataxin mRNA in human kidney HEK 293T cells.

Read More: p53 directly regulates the transcription of the human frataxin gene and its lack of regulation in tumor cells decreases the utilization of mitochondrial iron