Automated description from the Alliance of Genome Resources (Release 5.2.2)
Enables lipoate synthase activity. Acts upstream of or within several processes, including lipoate biosynthetic process; neural tube closure; and response to lipopolysaccharide. Located in mitochondrion. Is expressed in alimentary system; liver; metanephros; salivary gland; and urinary system. Human ortholog(s) of this gene implicated in pyruvate decarboxylase deficiency. Orthologous to human LIAS (lipoic acid synthetase).