The mitochondrial plasmid of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum bypasses uniparental inheritance by promoting mitochondrial fusion

@article{Sakurai2004TheMP,
  title={The mitochondrial plasmid of the true slime mold Physarum polycephalum bypasses uniparental inheritance by promoting mitochondrial fusion},
  author={Rakusa Sakurai and Hideo Nomura and Yohsuke Moriyam and Shigeyuki Kawano},
  journal={Current Genetics},
  year={2004},
  volume={46},
  pages={103-114}
}
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is inherited maternally in most eukaryotes. Linear mitochondrial plasmids in higher plants and fungi are also transmitted from the maternal parent to the progeny. However, mF, which is a mitochondrial linear plasmid of Physarum polycephalum, evades uniparental mitochondrial inheritance. We examined 36 myxamoebal strains of Physarum and isolated three novel mF + strains (JE8, TU111, NG111) that harbored free mF plasmids. These strains were mated with the mF − strain… CONTINUE READING