Die Proteinausstattung eines einzelnen pflanzlichen Mitochondriums


The structure and function of mitochondria have been characterized with increasing precision. How the protein inventory defines the characteristics of the organelle remains insufficiently understood, however. Recently we devised a quantitative proteomic approach to estimate the copy numbers of proteins in a single plant mitochondrion, as physical operational unit in the cell. We illustrate how such a simple thought experiment can give fascinating insights into how a mitochondrion works.