Inheritance and recombination of mitochondrial genomes in plants, fungi and animals.

@article{Barr2005InheritanceAR,
  title={Inheritance and recombination of mitochondrial genomes in plants, fungi and animals.},
  author={Camille M. Barr and Maurine Neiman and Douglas R. Taylor},
  journal={The New phytologist},
  year={2005},
  volume={168 1},
  pages={39-50}
}
It is generally assumed that mitochondrial genomes are uniparentally transmitted, homoplasmic and nonrecombining. However, these assumptions draw largely from early studies on animal mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). In this review, we show that plants, animals and fungi are all characterized by episodes of biparental inheritance, recombination among genetically distinct partners, and selfish elements within the mitochondrial genome, but that the extent of these phenomena may vary substantially across… CONTINUE READING