Persistence of separate mitochondrial genome

Andrew Gyles syzygium at alphalink.com.au
Mon Sep 18 19:53:37 EST 2000


Holger and Mark, I suppose the ultimate test of Allen's hypothesis
(cited in your reference to Race et al) would be to move the three
genes for respiratory enzymes in the mitochondria of Plasmodium
falciparum to the nucleus and see whether the mitochondria continue to
respire normally. Easier said than done, no doubt.

Andrew Gyles

In article <8pout1$nj9$1 at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>,
  Holger Hupfer <hupfer at botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de> wrote:
> Andrew Gyles schrieb:
>
> > At a conference in Italy in 1994 Saccone et al said, 'The
fundamental
> > question..."why mtDNA and a separated organellar genetic system
should
> > have persisted throughout evolution?" is still waiting for a
convincing
> > answer'(1).
snip
> > Andrew Gyles

> A possible answer to qour question is given in
>
> Race et al. (1999), Trends in Genetics 15 (9), 364-370
>
> In this article the focus is on the persistence of chloroplast
genomes but
> what is true for plastids should also be true for mitochondria.


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