Why genes persist in organelle genomes

Genome Biol. 2005;6(5):110. doi: 10.1186/gb-2005-6-5-110. Epub 2005 Apr 29.


Mitochondria and plastids (including chloroplasts) have a small but vital genetic coding capacity, but what are the properties of some genes that dictate that they must remain encoded in organelles?

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chloroplasts / genetics
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genes, Mitochondrial
  • Genome*
  • Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
  • Mitochondria / genetics*
  • Models, Genetic
  • Plastids / genetics*