Mitochondria and chloroplasts are the two double membranous organelles. They both are also called semi-autonomous organelles because they contain their own DNA molecules. They also have 70S types of ribosomes that are found in the cytoplasm.
Characteristics of Mitochondria:-
(1) Mitochondria are rod-shaped structures and generally found in the cytoplasm of cells with other organelles.
(2) They are principally concerned with energy generation in the form of ATP by converting chemical energy.
(3) Mitochondria are surrounded by two membranes – outer and inner where the outer membrane covers the organelle. However, the inner membrane is folded and forms a layered structure. This layered structure contains several finger-like projections called cristae.
(4) The inner mitochondrial membrane also possesses F0F1 particles called oxysomes. These oxysomes are responsible for ATP generation by using electron transport systems.
(5) The Citric Acid cycle takes place in the inner mitochondrial membrane that encloses a mitochondrial matrix.
Functions of Mitochondria are:-
(1) Mitochondria are called the powerhouse of a cell because it generates ATP by cellular respiration.
(2) They provide energy in the form of ATP to perform all the important activities of living cells.
(3) They are regarded as semi-autonomous organelle because they have their own DNA and ribosomes.
(4) Citric acid cycle taking place in the matrix of mitochondria where it generates several metabolic intermediates. These intermediates are required for the biosynthesis of various amino acids and proteins.
Characteristics of Chloroplast are:
(1) The Chloroplasts are also double membrane-bound organelles and are found all over the cytoplasm of plant cells.
(2) They contain chlorophyll that makes them appear green in color.
(3)The chloroplast is made up of two membranes i.e., inner and outer. The space limited by the inner membrane of the chloroplast is known as the stroma that contains metabolic enzymes and multiple copies of the chloroplast genome.
(4) There are a number of organized flattened membranous sacs called the thylakoids present in the stroma.
(5) These thylakoids are stacked one over the other to form a granum that looks like a stack of coins.
(6) Apart from this, there are flat membranous tubules called the stroma lamellae. They connect the thylakoids of the different grana.
(7) A lumen is a space that is formed by the membrane of the thylakoids
Functions of Chloroplast are:
Chloroplasts are also known as the kitchen of the cell.
(1) They trap solar energy and utilize it for manufacturing food for plants. They are involved in the process of photosynthesis.
(2) Chloroplast contains the enzymes required for the synthesis of carbohydrates and proteins
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