Number of mitochondrial genomes per mononuclear somatic cell

Range 1,000 to 5,000 Genomes/cell
Organism Eukaryotes
Reference Howell N, Chinnery PF, Ghosh SS, Fahy E, Turnbull DM. Transmission of the human mitochondrial genome. Hum Reprod. 2000 Jul15 Suppl 2: 235-45. p.236 left column 3rd paragraphPubMed ID11041529
Comments A feature of mtDNA genetics is that there are multiple mtDNA molecules per cell. The numbers vary considerably, but mononuclear somatic cells typically contain on the order of 1,000-5,000 copies, whereas there are ~100,000 or more mtDNA molecules in the mature oocyte (R.P.S.Jansen, personal communication).
Entered by Uri M
ID 107620