A mitochondrial remnant in the microsporidian Trachipleistophora hominis

@article{Williams2002AMR,
  title={A mitochondrial remnant in the microsporidian Trachipleistophora hominis},
  author={Bryony A P Williams and Robert P. Hirt and John Milton Lucocq and T Martin Embley},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2002},
  volume={418},
  pages={865-869}
}
Microsporidia are obligate intracellular parasites of several eukaryotes. They have a highly complex and unique infection apparatus but otherwise appear structurally simple. Microsporidia are thought to lack typical eukaryotic organelles, such as mitochondria and peroxisomes. This has been interpreted as support for the hypothesis that these peculiar eukaryotes diverged before the mitochondrial endosymbiosis, which would make them one of the earliest offshoots in eukaryotic evolution. But… CONTINUE READING