Catalyzes the 2-thiolation of uridine at the wobble position (U34) of mitochondrial tRNA(Lys), tRNA(Glu) and tRNA(Gln). Required for the formation of 5-taurinomethyl-2-thiouridine (tm5s2U) of mitochondrial tRNA(Lys), tRNA(Glu), and tRNA(Gln) at the wobble position. ATP is required to activate the C2 atom of the wobble base.
Ubiquitous. Abundantly expressed in tissues with high metabolic rates including heart, liver, kidney, and brain.
Involvement in disease
Defects in TRMU are a cause of transient infantile liver failure (LFIT) [MIM:613070]. A transient disorder of hepatic function characterized by elevated liver enzymes, jaundice, vomiting, coagulopathy, hyperbilirubinemia, increased serum lactate. Patients who survive the initial acute episode can recover, show normal development and have no recurrence.