Asked by: Jessy Max
asked in category: General Last Updated: 20th May, 2020

Do mitochondria die?

The mitochondria in the cells throughout our bodies are responsible for creating 90% of the energy needed to sustain life and support organ function. When mitochondria malfunction, organs start to fail – people get sick, and even die.

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Consequently, can we survive without mitochondria?

You can't survive without mitochondria, the organelles that power most human cells. Mitochondria are the descendants of bacteria that settled down inside primordial eukaryotic cells, eventually becoming the power plants for their new hosts.

Secondly, what happens when the mitochondria stops working? For our bodies the conversion from food energy to ATP happens in mitochondria. If your mitochondria are not working properly then you are less able to convert food into ATP. For cells that require a lot of ATP, for example your muscles, this is a problem and they may become weaker and get tired faster.

Similarly, are mitochondria alive?

mitochondrion is the result of a bacteria that has somehow been internalized into a bigger cell (it is a symbiont). This is why today mitochondrion contain DNA. It is therefore not exactly an organelle like others. mitochondrion are not able to live by themselves outside a living cell (to my knowledge).

Is mitochondrial disease fatal?

Mitochondrial Disease occurs when our mitochondria are not able to provide the energy our cells need to work properly. If a lot of mitochondria in the body are affected, especially in important body organs, Mitochondrial Disease can be very serious and often fatal.

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