Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 25–35 | Cite as

Organization and evolution of the mitochondrial genome of yeast

  • Giorgio Bernardi


The mitochondrial genome of yeast (S. cerevisiae orS. carlsbergensis) appears to be formed by 60–70 genetic units, each one of which is formed by (1) a GC-rich sequence, possibly having a regulatory role; (2) a gene, and (3) an AT-rich spacer, which probably is not transcribed. Recombination in this genome appears to underlie a number of important phenomena. The organization of the mitochondrial genome of yeast and these recombinational events are discussed in relationship with the organization and evolution of the nuclear genome of eukaryotes.

Key words

Genome organization Evolution Mitochondria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgio Bernardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Génétique MoléculaireInstitut de Biologie MoléculaireParis VFrance

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