mitochondria mitochondria  /ˌmaɪ tə ˈkɑndri ə/

Definition(s):

  • (n) an organelle containing enzymes responsible for producing energy

Usage(s):

  1. Most of us go through life without thinking much about our mitochondria the small power producers within our cells.
  2. Children keep dying from mysterious illnesses that have been traced to tiny structures called mitochondria.
  3. That piece of critical evidence comes from the animals' mitochondria, tiny energy-producing structures within each cell.

News

  1. Rare mitochondrial mutations –- maybe not so rare? Comprehensive analysis of mitochondrial DNA will aid early diagnosis

    Scientists have discovered that supposedly rare mutations in the mitochondria, the ‘power plants’ of human cells responsible for creating energy, account for more than 7% of patients with a mitochondrial disease manifesting itself as a respiratory deficiency.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  2. Rare mitochondrial mutations -- maybe not so rare?

    ( European Society of Human Genetics ) French scientists have discovered that supposedly rare mutations in the mitochondria, the "power plants" of human cells responsible for creating energy, account for more than seven percent of patients with a mitochondrial disease manifesting itself as a respiratory deficiency. Their data emphasize the need for comprehensive analysis of all the mitochondrial ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

Quotes

  1. "Mitochondria are the guardians of cell survival," says Sinclair. "If we can keep boosting levels of NAD in the mitochondria, which in turn stimulates buckets more of SIRT3 and SIRT4, then for a period of time the cell really needs nothing...
    on Sep 20, 2007 By: David Sinclair Source: Newswise (press release)

  2. Vladimir Veksler, a former Soviet scientist who maintained his contacts with Estonian researchers after moving to Paris, said their latest research "shows that substances increasing the mitochondria can also compress the nuclear organelles, ensuring...
    on Apr 2, 2006 By: Vladimir Veksler Source: EurekAlert (press release)

Word of the Day
ambivalent ambivalent
/æm ˈbɪ və lənt /