Cell Organelles

  • Reinhold G. Herrmann

Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Organelle Genetics in Lower and Higher Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John E. Boynton, Nicholas W. Gillham, Scott M. Newman, Elizabeth H. Harris
      Pages 3-64
    3. Rudolf Hagemann
      Pages 65-96
  3. Evolution of Organelle Genomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
  4. Organelle Chromosomes, Genes, and Gene Expression

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Robert F. Whittier, Masahiro Sugiura
      Pages 164-182
    3. David M. Lonsdale, Jean Michel Grienenberger
      Pages 183-218
    4. Carl J. Braun, Gregory G. Brown, Charles S. Levings III
      Pages 219-245
  5. Organelle Biogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Reinhold G. Herrmann, Peter Westhoff, Gerhard Link
      Pages 275-349
  6. Protein Import

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Kenneth Keegstra, Gunnar von Heijne
      Pages 353-370
  7. Glyoxysomes and Peroxisomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 459-471

About this book


The compartmentation of genetic information is a fundamental feature of the eukaryotic cell. The metabolic capacity of a eukaryotic (plant) cell and the steps leading to it are overwhelmingly an endeavour of a joint genetic cooperation between nucleus/cytosol, plastids, and mitochondria. Alter­ ation of the genetic material in anyone of these compartments or exchange of organelles between species can seriously affect harmoniously balanced growth of an organism. Although the biological significance of this genetic design has been vividly evident since the discovery of non-Mendelian inheritance by Baur and Correns at the beginning of this century, and became indisputable in principle after Renner's work on interspecific nuclear/plastid hybrids (summarized in his classical article in 1934), studies on the genetics of organelles have long suffered from the lack of respectabil­ ity. Non-Mendelian inheritance was considered a research sideline~ifnot a freak~by most geneticists, which becomes evident when one consults common textbooks. For instance, these have usually impeccable accounts of photosynthetic and respiratory energy conversion in chloroplasts and mitochondria, of metabolism and global circulation of the biological key elements C, N, and S, as well as of the organization, maintenance, and function of nuclear genetic information. In contrast, the heredity and molecular biology of organelles are generally treated as an adjunct, and neither goes as far as to describe the impact of the integrated genetic system.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Reinhold G. Herrmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Botanisches InstitutLudwig-Maximilians-UniversitätMunichGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-9140-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-9138-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0175-2073
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