Drosophila melanogaster as a Model System to Study Mitochondrial Biology

  • Miguel Angel Fernández-Moreno
  • Carol L. Farr
  • Laurie S. Kaguni
  • Rafael Garesse
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 372)


Mitochondria play an essential role in cellular homeostasis. Although in the last few decades our knowledge of mitochondria has increased substantially, the mechanisms involved in the control of mitochondrial biogenesis remain largely unknown. The powerful genetics of Drosophila combined with a wealth of available cell and molecular biology techniques, make this organism an excellent system to study mitochondria. In this chapter we will review briefly the opportunities that Drosophila offers as a model system and describe in detail how to purify mitochondria from Drosophila and to perform the analysis of developmental gene expression using in situ hybridization.

Key Words

Drosophila gene expression molecular localization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Angel Fernández-Moreno
    • 1
  • Carol L. Farr
    • 2
  • Laurie S. Kaguni
    • 2
  • Rafael Garesse
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Bioquímica, Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas “Alberto Sols” CSIC-UAM, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing

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