Our laboratory has been involved in the last few years in investigations aiming at analysing by molecular approaches the informational content of the mitochondrial genome in mammalian cells and the mechanisms and control of its expression, H eLa cells and other mammalian cell lines have been utilized for these studies. These investigations, as well as work carried out in other laboratories, have yielded a considerable amount of information concerning the mechanism, products and regulation of transcription of mitochondrial DNA (mit-DNA), the apparatus and products of mitochondria-specific protein synthesis in animal cells, and the number and topology of the sites on mit-DNA which code for the primary gene products identified so far. It is the purpose of the present report to summarize the latest observations in this area, as well as some recent results on the isolation and characterization of chloramphenicol-resistant variants of a human cell line. Reference is made to previous review articles 1,2,3 for the earlier work.
Molecular and genetic approaches to the analysis of the informational content of the mitochondrial genome in mammalian cells / G., Attardi; Costantino, Paolo; D., Lynch; C., Mitchel; W., Murphy; D., Ojala. - In: MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOCHEMISTRY. - ISSN 0300-8177. - 14:1-3(1977), pp. 151-164.