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Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: The Model of Choice to Study Mitochondria From Unicellular Photosynthetic Organisms

  • Soledad Funes
  • Lars-Gunnar Franzén
  • Diego González-Halphen
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 372)


Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a model organism to study photosynthesis, cellular division, flagellar biogenesis, and, more recently, mitochondrial function. It has distinct advantages in comparison to higher plants because it is unicellular, haploid, and amenable to tetrad analysis, and its three genomes are subject to specific transformation. It also has the possibility to grow either photoautotrophically or heterotrophically on acetate, making the assembly of the photosynthetic machinery not essential for cell viability. Methods developed allow the isolation of C. reinhardtii mitochondria free of thylakoid contaminants. We review the general procedures used for the biochemical characterization of mitochondria from this green alga.

Key Words

Blue native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis Chlamydomonas reinhardtii green alga import-competent mitochondria OXPHOS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soledad Funes
    • 1
  • Lars-Gunnar Franzén
    • 2
  • Diego González-Halphen
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Physiologische ChemieLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.School of Business and Engineering, NaturrumUniversity of HalmstadHalmstadSweden
  3. 3.Departamento de Genética Molecular, Instituto de Fisiología CelularUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoD.F., México

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