Diversity of Parasitic Protozoan Mitochondria and Adaptive Evolution
- Received Date: 2009-12-07
- Rev Recd Date: 1900-01-01
- Publish Date: 2010-02-22
Abstract: Eukaryotic mitochondrion generally possess a definite and canonical structure and function. However, in the unicellular parasitic protozoa, various atypical mitochondria with respect to the number, structure, and function, have been discovered consecutively, revealing the variability, plasticity and rich diversity of mitochondrion. Here, we review the mitochondrial diversity in diverse parasitic protozoa, and the underlying reason for such diversity — the adaptive evolution of mitochondrion to the micro-oxygen or anaero parasitic environment of these parasites is also analyzed and discussed.
|Citation:||TIAN Hai-Feng, WEN Jian-Fan. Diversity of Parasitic Protozoan Mitochondria and Adaptive Evolution. Zoological Research, 2010, 31(1): 35-38. doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1141.2010.01035|