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Crit Rev Biochem Mol Biol. 1995;30(2):121-64.

Nucleo-mitochondrial interactions in mitochondrial gene expression.

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Department of Molecular Cell Biology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


All proteins encoded by mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are dependent on proteins encoded by nuclear genes for their synthesis and function. Recent developments in the identification of these genes and the elucidation of the roles their products play at various stages of mitochondrial gene expression are covered in this review, which focuses mainly on work with the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The high degree of evolutionary conservation of many cellular processes between this yeast and higher eukaryotes, the ease with which mitochondrial biogenesis can be manipulated both genetically and physiologically, and the fact that it will be the first organism for which a complete genomic sequence will be available within the next 2 to 3 years makes it the organism of choice for drawing up an inventory of all nuclear genes involved in mitochondrial biogenesis and for the identification of their counterparts in other organisms.

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