Thursday, October 29, 2020
Mitochondrial Health

Mitochondria Aren't Simply the Powerhouse of the Cell

Mitochondria are a lot greater than the powerhouse of the cell. On this episode, Patrick explores why this organelle is so distinctive and introduces new analysis that you simply in all probability didn’t hear about in class.
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“The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell,” has acquired to be probably the most repeated line in biology. It has been firmly inserted into our center college textbooks for years, and the powerhouse nickname stems from the mitochondria’s vitality manufacturing capabilities, however the mitochondria presents a lot greater than that.

To begin, when discussing all of the mitochondria in our our bodies, we use mitochondrion for singular, mitochondria for plural.

Every Mitochondrion seems to be completely different from cell to cell, and there are tons of of hundreds of mitochondria floating round in your cells—although that quantity additionally will depend on what tissue we’re referring to.

However, no matter form and quantity, all mitochondria do have some structural issues in widespread: They every have two membranes—one outer layer, one inside layer, and a few area in between them.

Whereas the outer membrane works like a protecting however permeable layer, letting completely different compounds in or out of the mitochondrion, the inside membrane is the place some vital biology occurs to fabricate ATP (or Adenosine triphosphate, an natural compound that gives vitality to drive processes in dwelling cells).

So how did we develop mitochondria and what are all of the issues they do for our our bodies?

Discover out extra about endosymbiosis idea and all of the completely different roles your mitochondria play on this Human.

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Why do our cell’s energy vegetation have their very own DNA?
https://www.sciencemag.org/information/2016/02/why-do-our-cells-power-plants-have-their-own-dna
“It’s one of many massive mysteries of cell biology. Why do mitochondria—the oval-shaped buildings that energy our cells—have their very own DNA, and why have they stored it when the cell itself has loads of its personal genetic materials? A brand new research could have discovered a solution.”

Cells Residing in Cells
https://askabiologist.asu.edu/discover/cells-living-in-cells
“It’s good to be pleasant together with your neighbors, proper? People and communities do higher if they assist one another out. Cooperation isn’t simply vital for people; and not using a little bit of interplay with neighbors, life as we all know it might not exist.”

mtDNA and Mitochondrial Illnesses
https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/mtdna-and-mitochondrial-diseases-903/
“Do you know that you’ve got a second genome? Small mobile organelles referred to as mitochondria include their very own round DNA. What occurs to your cells when this DNA mutates?”

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10 thoughts on “Mitochondria Aren't Simply the Powerhouse of the Cell
  1. If you think about it we we are all related to all plants and animals since we share that one ancestor cell that engulfed the mitochondrion

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