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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 31, No. 1, 2010, pp. 35−38
Bioline Code: zr10005
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2010, pp. 35−38

 en Diversity of Parasitic Protozoan Mitochondria and Adaptive Evolution
Tian, Hai-Feng & Wen, Jian-Fan


Eukaryotic mitochondrion generally possess a definite and canonical structure and function. However, in the unicellular parasitic protozoa, various atypical mitochondria with respect to the number, structure, and function, have been discovered consecutively, revealing the variability, plasticity and rich diversity of mitochondrion. Here, we review the mitochondrial diversity in diverse parasitic protozoa, and the underlying reason for such diversity — the adaptive evolution of mitochondrion to the micro-oxygen or anaero parasitic environment of these parasites is also analyzed and discussed.

Parasitic protozoa; Mitochondria; Diversity; Adaptive evolution

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