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Nucleic Acids Res. 2020 Jan 24;48(2):605-632. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz1128.

mitoXplorer, a visual data mining platform to systematically analyze and visualize mitochondrial expression dynamics and mutations.

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Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Am Klopferspitz 18, 82152 Martinsried, Germany.
Aix-Marseille University, INSERM, TAGC U1090, 13009 Marseille, France.
Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, IBDM UMR 7288, 13009 Marseille, France.
Functional Genomics of Mitochondrial Signaling, Gene Center, Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Munich, Germany.
Department of Molecular Genetics, TU Kaiserslautern, Paul Ehrlich Strasse 24, 67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany.


Mitochondria participate in metabolism and signaling. They adapt to the requirements of various cell types. Publicly available expression data permit to study expression dynamics of genes with mitochondrial function (mito-genes) in various cell types, conditions and organisms. Yet, we lack an easy way of extracting these data for mito-genes. Here, we introduce the visual data mining platform mitoXplorer, which integrates expression and mutation data of mito-genes with a manually curated mitochondrial interactome containing ∼1200 genes grouped in 38 mitochondrial processes. User-friendly analysis and visualization tools allow to mine mitochondrial expression dynamics and mutations across various datasets from four model species including human. To test the predictive power of mitoXplorer, we quantify mito-gene expression dynamics in trisomy 21 cells, as mitochondrial defects are frequent in trisomy 21. We uncover remarkable differences in the regulation of the mitochondrial transcriptome and proteome in one of the trisomy 21 cell lines, caused by dysregulation of the mitochondrial ribosome and resulting in severe defects in oxidative phosphorylation. With the newly developed Fiji plugin mitoMorph, we identify mild changes in mitochondrial morphology in trisomy 21. Taken together, mitoXplorer ( is a user-friendly, web-based and freely accessible software, aiding experimental scientists to quantify mitochondrial expression dynamics.

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