Molecular machinery of mitochondrial dynamics in yeast

Biol Chem. 2007 Sep;388(9):917-26. doi: 10.1515/BC.2007.110.


Mitochondria are amazingly dynamic organelles. They continuously move along cytoskeletal tracks and frequently fuse and divide. These processes are important for maintenance of mitochondrial functions, for inheritance of the organelles upon cell division, for cellular differentiation and for apoptosis. As the machinery of mitochondrial behavior has been highly conserved during evolution, it can be studied in simple model organisms, such as yeast. During the past decade, several key components of mitochondrial dynamics have been identified and functionally characterized in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. These include the mitochondrial fusion and fission machineries and proteins required for maintenance of tubular shape and mitochondrial motility. Taken together, these findings reveal a comprehensive picture that shows the cellular processes and molecular components required for mitochondrial inheritance and morphogenesis in a simple eukaryotic cell.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Mitochondria / metabolism
  • Mitochondria / physiology*
  • Mitochondria / ultrastructure
  • Mitochondrial Proteins / metabolism*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / physiology*
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / ultrastructure
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism


  • Mitochondrial Proteins
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins