Some Molecular Aspects of Mitochondrial Complementation and Heterosis

  • Igor V. Sarkissian
  • H. K. Srivastava
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 2)


Studies of heterosis in plants and animals generally emphasize one of four aspects of the phenomenon: yield of final product, the genetic basis of heterosis, the gene product and its function, or the biochemical systems involved in the accomplishment of heterotic phenotype. The latter two, together with information on the rate of formation of the final product, should be a guide for more meaningful studies of heterosis. The ultimate aim of such studies is to remove the mystique of heterosis. This aim can be achieved through operational devices whereby an experimentally induced biochemical event resembling heterosis in inbred individuals can be manipulated at will in the laboratory. It is a great honor to have been asked by the Organizing Committee of this Symposium to discuss some of the work and reasoning that my students and I have done over the past few years that may contribute to the eventual attainment of the ultimate aim.


Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Molecular Aspect Adenosine Triphosphatase Internal Hydrogen Bonding Great Honor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor V. Sarkissian
    • 1
  • H. K. Srivastava
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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