Defects in the mitochondrial AAA protease family member, paraplegin, result in an autosomal recessive form of hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP). In this issue of Cell, Nolden et al. (2005) report a new molecular mechanism for HSP based on the requirement of paraplegin for the proteolysis of a specific mitochondrial ribosomal protein. The processing of this substrate is required for robust translation in mitochondria.
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