Organelle Genetics

Evolution of Organelle Genomes and Gene Expression

  • Charles E. Bullerwell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Origins of Organelle Genomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Toni Gabaldón
      Pages 3-18
    3. John M. Archibald
      Pages 19-38
  3. Organelle Genome Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Gertraud Burger, Chris J. Jackson, Ross F. Waller
      Pages 41-77
    3. Wilson B. M. de Paula, John F. Allen, Mark van der Giezen
      Pages 105-119
  4. Mechanisms of Organelle Gene Loss

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Mathieu Rousseau-Gueutin, Andrew H. Lloyd, Anna E. Sheppard, Jeremy N. Timmis
      Pages 147-171
  5. Origins of Organelle Proteomes

  6. Evolution of Organelle Transcription

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Christian Barth, Luke A. Kennedy, Paul R. Fisher
      Pages 241-269
    3. Paola Loguercio Polosa, Marina Roberti, Palmiro Cantatore
      Pages 271-295
  7. Evolution of Organelle RNA Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 327-327
    2. Georg Hausner
      Pages 329-357
    3. Mary Anne T. Rubio, Juan D. Alfonzo
      Pages 359-380
    4. Toshiharu Shikanai
      Pages 381-397
  8. Evolution of Organelle Translation, tRNAs and the Genetic Code

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 399-399
    2. B. Franz Lang, Dennis Lavrov, Natacha Beck, Sergey V. Steinberg
      Pages 431-474
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 475-482

About this book


Mitochondria and chloroplasts are eukaryotic organelles that evolved from bacterial ancestors and harbor their own genomes. The gene products of these genomes work in concert with those of the nuclear genome to ensure proper organelle metabolism and biogenesis.

This book explores the forces that have shaped the evolution of organelle genomes and the expression of the genes encoded by them. Some striking examples of trends in organelle evolution explored here are the reduction in genome size and gene coding content observed in most lineages, the complete loss of organelle DNA in certain lineages, and the unusual modes of gene expression that have emerged, such as the extensive and essential mRNA editing that occurs in plant mitochondria and chloroplasts. This book places particular emphasis on the current techniques used to study the evolution of organelle genomes and gene expression.


Chloroplast Genomics Mitochondria

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles E. Bullerwell
    • 1
  1. 1., Departments of Biology and BiochemistryMount Allison UniversitySackvilleCanada

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