Mitochondria / Energy

Mitochondrion / Energy

Mitochondrion (New Latin, from Greek mitos= thread + chondrion, diminutive of chondros grain)

Oval-shaped cellular organelles of the living cells that produce energy through cellular respiration and are rich in fats, proteins and energy producing enzymes. These enzymes are located in the internal compartments formed by the inner membrane of mitochondrion [cristae(singular crista)].

The cristae have the magnificent ability to greatly increase the mitochondria surface area, therefore, increasing the energy production process. Mitochonria, due to their inner membranes and pleats are the energy factories of the cells.

In the laB. world, Mitochondria are used as metaphors of Energy.