mtDNA control region

mtDNA control region
Mitochondrial DNA control region secondary structure A
MtDNA control SS.png
The consensus secondary structure for all haplotypes of the mtDNA control region.
Symbol mtDNA ssA
Rfam RF01853
Other data
RNA type Antisense RNA
Domain(s) Mammalia

The mtDNA control region is an area of the mitochondrial genome which is non-coding DNA. It is the most polymorphic region of the human mtDNA genome,[1] with polymorphism concentrated in hypervariable regions. The average nucleotide diversity in these regions is 1.7%.[2] Despite this variability, an RNA transcript from this region has a conserved secondary structure (pictured) which has been found to be under selective pressure.[3]

The mtDNA control region contains the origin of replication of one strand, and the origin of transcription for both strands.[4] There is also an open reading frame thought to code for 7s ribosomal RNA in humans but not in mice or cows, where it has been deleted.[5]


Distinction from D-loop

The control region and mtDNA D-loop are sometimes used synonymously in the literature;[2] specifically the control region includes the D-loop along with adjacent transcription promoter regions. For this reason, the control region is also known by the acronym DLP, standing for D-Loop and associated Promoters.[6]

Endurance study

mtDNA control region haplotypes have been linked with endurance capacity in human subjects.[7] A 2002 study sequenced the control region of 55 subjects and compared their haplotype with the increase in VO2 max after an eight-week training program. They found that different haplotypes were significantly linked with the subjects endurance. It was speculated that this was because the control region affects replication and transcription in the mitochondria.[7][3]

See also


  1. ^ Stoneking M, Hedgecock D, Higuchi RG, Vigilant L, Erlich HA (February 1991). "Population variation of human mtDNA control region sequences detected by enzymatic amplification and sequence-specific oligonucleotide probes". Am. J. Hum. Genet. 48 (2): 370–82. PMC 1683035. PMID 1990843. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  2. ^ a b Aquadro CF, Greenberg BD (February 1983). "Human mitochondrial DNA variation and evolution: analysis of nucleotide sequences from seven individuals". Genetics 103 (2): 287–312. PMC 1219980. PMID 6299878. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  3. ^ a b Pereira F, Soares P, Carneiro J, et al. (December 2008). "Evidence for variable selective pressures at a large secondary structure of the human mitochondrial DNA control region". Mol. Biol. Evol. 25 (12): 2759–70. doi:10.1093/molbev/msn225. PMID 18845547. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ Anderson S, Bankier AT, Barrell BG, et al. (April 1981). "Sequence and organization of the human mitochondrial genome". Nature 290 (5806): 457–65. doi:10.1038/290457a0. PMID 7219534. 
  5. ^ Ojala D, Montoya J, Attardi G (April 1981). "tRNA punctuation model of RNA processing in human mitochondria". Nature 290 (5806): 470–4. doi:10.1038/290470a0. PMID 7219536. 
  6. ^ Michikawa Y, Mazzucchelli F, Bresolin N, Scarlato G, Attardi G (October 1999). "Aging-dependent large accumulation of point mutations in the human mtDNA control region for replication". Science 286 (5440): 774–9. doi:10.1126/science.286.5440.774. PMID 10531063. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  7. ^ a b Murakami H, Ota A, Simojo H, Okada M, Ajisaka R, Kuno S (June 2002). "Polymorphisms in control region of mtDNA relates to individual differences in endurance capacity or trainability". Jpn. J. Physiol. 52 (3): 247–56. doi:10.2170/jjphysiol.52.247. PMID 12230801. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 

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