Plant Mitochondria - from genome to function
Edited by D Day, A H Miller and J Whelan
Volume 17 in the series Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration
Hardcover 325 pp ISBN 9781402023996
Mitochondria in plants, as in other eukaryotes, play an essential role in the cell as the major producers of ATP
via oxidative phosphorylation. However, mitochondria also play crucial roles in many other aspects of plant
development and performance, and possess an array of unique properties which allow them to interact with
the specialized features of plant cell metabolism. The two main themes running through the book are the
interconnection between gene regulation and protein function, and the integration of mitochondria with
other components of plant cells.
The book begins with an overview of the dynamics of mitochondrial structure, morphology and inheritance.
It then discusses the biogenesis of mitochondria, the regulation of gene expression, the mitochondrial genome
and its interaction with the nucleus, and the targeting of proteins to the organelle. This is followed by a discussion
of the contributions that mutations, involving mitochondrial proteins, have made to our understanding of the way
the organelle interacts with the rest of the plant cell, and the new field of proteomics and the discovery of new
functions. Also covered are the pathways of electron transport, with special attention to the non-phosphorylating
by-passes, metabolite transport, and specialized mitochondrial metabolism.
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