Recombination: Effects on Structure and Function of the Mitochondrial Genome

  • Wolfgang Friedt
  • Renate Horn
  • Volker Hahn
Part of the Progress in Botany/Fortschritte der Botanik book series (BOTANY, volume 55)

Abstract

Three decades ago, it was shown for the first time that mitochondria contain DNA (Luck and Reich 1964, cited in Lonsdale and Grienenberger 1992). In the meantime, the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of eukaryotes has been studied in detail and some of the mitochondrial genomes have already been sequenced. In many cases, mtDNAs are small (approx. 16 kb) and circular. Furthermore, it can now be generalized for all vertebrates and invertebrates that the genetic information of mitochondria is compactly organized and predominantly on one strand of the mtDNA (for ref. cf. review of Lonsdale and Grienenberger 1992).

Keywords

Maize Codon Recombination Polypeptide NADH 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Friedt
    • 1
  • Renate Horn
    • 1
  • Volker Hahn
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Pflanzenbau und Pflanzenzüchtung IJustus-Liebig-UniversitätGiessenGermany
  2. 2.Landessaatzuchtanstalt Versuchsstation EckartsweierUniversity HohenheimWillstättGermany

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