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See detailRespiratory-deficient mutants of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas: A review.
Salinas, Thalia; Larosa, Véronique ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

in Biochimie (2013)

Genetic manipulation of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is straightforward. Nuclear genes can be interrupted by insertional mutagenesis or targeted by RNA interference whereas random ... [more ▼]

Genetic manipulation of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is straightforward. Nuclear genes can be interrupted by insertional mutagenesis or targeted by RNA interference whereas random or site-directed mutagenesis allows the introduction of mutations in the mitochondrial genome. This, combined with a screen that easily allows discriminating respiratory-deficient mutants, makes Chlamydomonas a model system of choice to study mitochondria biology in photosynthetic organisms. Since the first description of Chlamydomonas respiratory-deficient mutants in 1977 by random mutagenesis, many other mutants affected in mitochondrial components have been characterized. These respiratory-deficient mutants increased our knowledge on function and assembly of the respiratory enzyme complexes. More recently some of these mutants allowed the study of mitochondrial gene expression processes poorly understood in Chlamydomonas. In this review, we update the data concerning the respiratory components with a special focus on the assembly factors identified on other organisms. In addition, we make an inventory of different mitochondrial respiratory mutants that are inactivated either on mitochondrial or nuclear genes. [less ▲]

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See detailMitochondrial Translation in Green Algae and Higher Plants
Salinas, Thalia; Remacle, Claire ULg; Maréchal-Drouard, Laurence

in Duchêne, A-M (Ed.) Translation in mitochondria and other organelles (2013)

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See detailMitochondrial transformation and in vitro DNA delivery
Remacle, Claire ULg; Hamel, Patrice; Larosa, Véronique ULg et al

in Bock, R; Knoop, V (Eds.) Genomics of Chloroplasts and Mitochondria (2012)

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See detailSteady-state levels of imported tRNAs in Chlamydomonas mitochondria are correlated with both cytosolic and mitochondrial codon usages
Vinogradova, Elizaveta; Salinas, Thalia; Cognat, Valerie et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2009), 37(5), 1521-1528

The mitochondrial genome of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii only encodes three expressed tRNA genes, thus most mitochondrial tRNAs are likely imported. The sharing of tRNAs between chloroplasts and mitochondria ... [more ▼]

The mitochondrial genome of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii only encodes three expressed tRNA genes, thus most mitochondrial tRNAs are likely imported. The sharing of tRNAs between chloroplasts and mitochondria has been speculated in this organism. We first demonstrate that no plastidial tRNA is present in mitochondria and that the mitochondrial translation mainly relies on the import of nucleus-encoded tRNA species. Then, using northern analysis, we show that the extent of mitochondrial localization for the 49 tRNA isoacceptor families encoded by the C. reinhardtii nuclear genome is highly variable. Until now the reasons for such variability were unknown. By comparing cytosolic and mitochondrial codon usage with the sub-cellular distribution of tRNAs, we provide unprecedented evidence that the steady-state level of a mitochondrial tRNA is linked not only to the frequency of the cognate codon in mitochondria but also to its frequency in the cytosol, then allowing optimal mitochondrial translation. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the evolution and expression of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii nucleus-encoded transfer RNA genes
Cognat, Valerie; Deragon, Jean*-Marc; Vinogradova, Elizaveta et al

in Genetics (2008), 179(1), 113-123

In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, 259 tRNA genes were identified and classified into 49 tRNA isoaccepting families. By constructing phylogenetic trees, we determined the evolutionary history for each tRNA ... [more ▼]

In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, 259 tRNA genes were identified and classified into 49 tRNA isoaccepting families. By constructing phylogenetic trees, we determined the evolutionary history for each tRNA gene family. The majority of the IRNA sequences are more closely related to their plant counterparts than to animals ones. Northern experiments also permitted LIS to show that at least one member of each IRNA isoacceptor family is transcribed and correctly processed in vivo. A short stretch of T residues known to be a signal for termination of polymerase III transcription was found downstream of most IRNA genes. It allowed us to propose that the vast majority of the IRNA genes are expressed and to confirm that numerous IRNA genes separated by short spacers are indeed cotranscribed. Interestingly, in silico analyses and hybridization experiments show that the cellular IRNA abundance is correlated with the number of tRTNA genes and is adjusted to the codon usage to optimize translation efficiency. Finally, we studied the origin of SINEs, short interspersed elements related to tRNAs, whose presence in Chlamydomonas is exceptional. Phylogenetic analysis strongly suggests that tRNA(Asp)-related SINEs originate front a prokaryotic-type IRNA either horizontally transferred from a bacterium or originally present in mitochondria or chloroplasts. [less ▲]

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