Eukaryotic cellular intricacies shape mitochondrial proteomic complexity

Michael Hammond, Richard G. Dorrell, Dave Speijer, Julius Lukeš

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Mitochondria have been fundamental to the eco-physiological success of eukaryotes since the last eukaryotic common ancestor (LECA). They contribute essential functions to eukaryotic cells, above and beyond classical respiration. Mitochondria interact with, and complement, metabolic pathways occurring in other organelles, notably diversifying the chloroplast metabolism of photosynthetic organisms. Here, we integrate existing literature to investigate how mitochondrial metabolism varies across the landscape of eukaryotic evolution. We illustrate the mitochondrial remodelling and proteomic changes undergone in conjunction with major evolutionary transitions. We explore how the mitochondrial complexity of the LECA has been remodelled in specific groups to support subsequent evolutionary transitions, such as the acquisition of chloroplasts in photosynthetic species and the emergence of multicellularity. We highlight the versatile and crucial roles played by mitochondria during eukaryotic evolution, extending from its huge contribution to the development of the LECA itself to the dynamic evolution of individual eukaryote groups, reflecting both their current ecologies and evolutionary histories.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2100258
Issue number5
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • mass spectrometry
  • mitoproteome
  • multicellularity
  • parasite
  • photosynthesis
  • plastid
  • protist

Cite this