Ben R Kiefel

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In bacteria, the protein FtsZ is the principal component of a ring that constricts the cell at division. Though all mitochondria probably arose through a single, ancient bacterial endosymbiosis, the mitochondria of only certain protists appear to have retained FtsZ, and the protein is absent from the mitochondria of fungi, animals, and higher plants. We(More)
Mitochondria are the product of an ancient endosymbiotic event between an alpha-proteobacterium and an archael host. An early barrier to overcome in this relationship was the control of the bacterium's proliferation within the host. Undoubtedly, the bacterium (or protomitochondrion) would have used its own cell division apparatus to divide at first and,(More)
Mitochondrial fission requires the division of both the inner and outer mitochondrial membranes. Dynamin-related proteins operate in division of the outer membrane of probably all mitochondria, and also that of chloroplasts--organelles that have a bacterial origin like mitochondria. How the inner mitochondrial membrane divides is less well established.(More)
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