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Interspecies transplacement of mitochondria in yeasts
Author: Osuský, Milan and Kissová, Jana and Kováč, Ladislav
Journal: Current Genetics
Volume: 32
Year: 1997
Pages: 24—26

Protoplasts of a respiration-deficient rho0 strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were incubated with mitochondria isolated from various respiration-competent yeast species under conditions enabling transplacement of mitochondria. Respiration-competent cybrids were selected by plating the protoplasts on agar media containing a non-fermentable energy source. The resulting cybrids contained nuclear DNA of the acceptor S. cerevisiae and mitochondrial DNA of the donor species, as detected by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of chromosomes and restriction analysis of mitochondrial DNA, respectively. Successful restoration of respiration in the S. cerevisiae mutant was achieved by transplacement of mitochondria isolated from the following Saccharomyces species: S. bayanus, S. capensis, S. delbrueckii, S. exiguus, S. italicus and S. oviformis.