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NAR Molecular Biology Database Collection entry number 83

Database Description

This database is dedicated to the nuclear genes specifying the enzymes, structural proteins, and other proteins, many still not identified, involved in mitochondrial biogenesis and function. MitoDat highlights predominantly human nuclear-encoded mitochondrial proteins, although we are including proteins from other animals in addition to those currently known only from yeast and other fungal mitochondria, as well as from plant mitochondria. The database consolidates information from various biological databases, eg., GenBank, SwissPro, Genome Data Base (GDB), Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), et al. Because the mitochondrion has a central role in cellular metabolism, it is involved in many human diseases. This database should help us in studying these diseases. We are also hyperlinked to the Report of the committee on human mitochondrial DNA, maintained by the Wallace group at Emory ( It can be accessed here and also from the results when searching mitoDat for mitochondrially encoded genes. The Report of the committee on human mitochondrial DNA is currently the most comprehensive source of information on mitochondrial DNA mutations, other defects, and disorders in which the mitochondrial DNA deficiencies have been associated.

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