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(De)constructing Mitochondria: What For?

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Description Mitochondria are dynamic organelles, essential for cell life and death. The morphology of this organelle is determined by fusion and fission, controlled by a growing set of "mitochondria-shaping" proteins, which influence crucial signalling cascades, including apoptosis.
Type of Resource Journal Article/Issue
Format Web Page - HTML
Kai Dimmer , Dulbecco-Telethon Institute
Luca Scorrano, Dulbecco-Telethon Institute
Development Date August 1, 2006
Grade/Age Levels Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Professional (degree program)
Continuing Education
General Public
Informal Education
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed By Journal Board
Review Date Reviewed at time of publication
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A good resource for graduate level students!!

Manisha Bade, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences

I used portions of this review in my core biology course.  I found that the visual pictures and explanation for how the mitochondria change during apoptosis to be the most helpful. In an advanced course, I would definitely use more of the information about specific factors involved in mitochondrial fission and fusion. 

Kelly Wentz-Hunter, Roosevelt University