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About this book
About this book
Mitochondria are critical organelles in the metabolic regulation of all eukaryotic organisms. Knowledge of their biochemistry and molecular biology in plants has been fuelled over recent years by the rapid progress made in genome sequencing and the ability to manipulate gene expression.
As the site of oxidative energy metabolism mitochondria synthesise the majority of respiratory ATP in plants, animals and fungi. They are involved in the production of many novel compounds, such as phospholipids, nucleotides and several amino acids. Essential to eukaryotic life, even organisms with the capability to respire anaerobically can only survive when mitochondria are present to manufacture these unique chemicals.
1 Mitochondrial dynamics: the control of mitochondrial shape, size, number, motility and cellular inheritance Iain Scott and David C. Logan 2 The unique biology of mitochondrial genome instability in plants Sally A. Mackenzie 3 Expression of the plant mitochondrial genome Dominique Gagliardi and Stefan Binder 4 Import of nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins Elzbieta Glaser and James Whelan 5 Mitochondrial respiratory complex biogenesis: communication, gene expression and assembly Philippe Giege 6 Supramolecular structure of the oxidative phosphorylation system in plants Jesco Heinemeyer, Natalya V. Dudkina, Egbert J. Boekema and Hans-Peter Braun 7 Mitochondrial electron transport and oxidative stress Ian M. Moller 8 Mitochondrial metabolism Adriano Nunes-Nesi and Alisdair R. Fernie 9 Cytoplasmic male sterilities and mitochondrial gene mutations in plants Francoise Budar and Richard Berthome 10 The mitochondrion and plant programmed cell death Mark Diamond and Paul F. McCabe
Dr David C. Logan is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Biology at the University of St Andrews, Fife, UK
360 pages, 39 illus
'Plant Mitochondria contains chapters written by many of the world's leading researchers in this area, bringing together and reviewing for the first time many recent advances... David Logan, well known and respected internationally for his work in this area, has brought together a truly valuable volume of great use and interest to plant scientists, cell and molecular biologists, and biochemists. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where biological sciences are studied and taught should have copies of this important book on their shelves.' Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment, vol 11, 2007