Divergent mitochondrial respiratory chains in phototrophic relatives of apicomplexan parasites

Flegontov, P. et al. (2015) Divergent mitochondrial respiratory chains in phototrophic relatives of apicomplexan parasites. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(5), pp. 1115-1131. (doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv021) (PMID:25660376)

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Four respiratory complexes and ATP-synthase represent central functional units in mitochondria. In some mitochondria and derived anaerobic organelles, a few or all of these respiratory complexes have been lost during evolution. We show that the respiratory chain of Chromera velia, a phototrophic relative of parasitic apicomplexans, lacks complexes I and III, making it a uniquely reduced aerobic mitochondrion. In Chromera, putative lactate:cytochrome c oxidoreductases are predicted to transfer electrons from lactate to cytochrome c, rendering complex III unnecessary. The mitochondrial genome of Chromera has the smallest known protein-coding capacity of all mitochondria, encoding just cox1 and cox3 on heterogeneous linear molecules. In contrast, another photosynthetic relative of apicomplexans, Vitrella brassicaformis, retains the same set of genes as apicomplexans and dinoflagellates (cox1, cox3, and cob).

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Otto, Dr Thomas
Authors: Flegontov, P., Michálek, J., Janouškovec, J., Lai, D.-H., Jirků, M., Hajdušková, E., Tomčala, A., Otto, T. D., Keeling, P. J., Pain, A., Oborník, M., and Lukeš, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Molecular Biology and Evolution
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1537-1719
Published Online:06 February 2015

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