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Ultrastructure of Mitochondria

Ultrastructure of Mitochondria

The structure of mitochondria Divided into following part-

  1. Mitochondrial membrane 
  2. Mitochondrial chamber
  3. Mitochondrial Cristae
  4. Elementary Body / Particle
  5. Mitochondrial DNA
  6. Mitochondrial RNA

1- Mitochondrial Membrane 

  • These are bounded by double-layered lipoprotein membranes . 
  • Each of which is 60 to 70A० Thick

These are divided into two parts.

1. Outer mitochondrial membrane-

  • It separates the mitochondria to cytoplasm.
  • It is permeable for electrolytes, water sucrose and large molecules.
  • At some places it is found attached with E.R.
  • It contain high amount of lipid (40%)
  • It contain pore (Some time -25-30A⁰)
  • In this cholesterol & Phospholipid, inositol are also present in high amounts.

2.Inner mitochondrial membrane

  • It is thick (~50-70A⁰)
  • It makes finger-like projections into the inner chamber which are called cristae. 
  • It is impermeable to ions, sucrose etc.

2- Mitochondrial Chamber

1. Outer Chamber

  • Iti is the space between outer and inner membrane.
  • It is 60-80A⁰ wide 
  • It is filled with a liquid which has low density and viscosity.
  • It is called peri mitochondrial space. 

2.Inner chamber

  • It is an inner part of inner membrane 
  • It is divided into incomplete but continuous chambers due to infolding of the membrane.
  • It is filled with a homogeneous granular mitochondrial matrix.
  • These granules are 800-500A⁰ in size 
  • It also contains 70s Ribosomes, mtDNA, inorganic salts and polymer of sugars etc
  • The inner membrane which is toward the matrix is known as M-side, while the side which is facing the outer chamber is known as C-side.
  • Enzymes of the krebs cycle are present in the matrix.

3- Mitochondrial Cristae 

  • The inner membrane of mitochondria is folded inside and form plate like structure which is called cristae.
  • It is attached to the matrix.
  • It is also called mitoplast.
  • The outer side of cristae called C-face and Inner side which toward the matrix is called M-face.
  • It is two type
  1. Tubular /Microvilli – It is abundantly present in plant mitochondria.
  2. Plate Like – It is present in Animal mitochondria, It is also present in the form of sollensac, regular plate, vesicles and tubules.

4- Elementary particle / Granule/ Oxysome – H.F. moran

  • The M-side of inner membrane contains many stalk particles like structure which is called as elementary particle, oxysome, F0 complex, ATPase complex, F1 Particle etc.
  • Mitochondria have 10000 to 100000 oxysome which are set a distance of 10nm and comprise about 15% of total inner membrane protein part.
  • The size of F1 Particle is 80 -100A⁰ or 8.5 nm diameter.
  • It is divided into following part
  • 1- Head – 75 -100A⁰ diameter
  • 2- Stalk – 30-40A⁰ diameter 40-50A⁰ long
  • 3- Base – 40X100A⁰
  • The Basal part is attached to membrane, it contain enzyme for ETC or respiratory chain while head part contain ATPase enzyme, ATP synthase or coupling factor, ATP synthase part in oxidation and phosphorylation.
  • Oxysome contain 4 enzyme complex
  1. I and II complex – Base
  2. III complex – Stalk
  3. IV complex – Head

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