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Mitochondrion. 2004 Aug;4(4):285-308.

The machinery of mitochondrial fusion, division, and distribution, and emerging connections to apoptosis.

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Department of Biology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28036-7118, USA. kahales@davidson.edu

Abstract

Mitochondrial undergo regulated fusion and division in many organisms and cell types, and each event is mediated by a different complex of proteins each containing at least one large GTPase. The mitochondrial fusion and division molecular machinery is in large part conserved; recent studies show a functional connection between some of these proteins and the apoptotic cascade. Mitochondria also undergo directed movement in cells, and the gene products that attach and propel mitochondria along cytoskeletal elements (actin filaments in some organisms, microtubules in others) are becoming gradually elucidated.

PMID:
16120392
DOI:
10.1016/j.mito.2004.05.007

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