Why are mitochondria and chloroplasts called semiautonomus
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Thylakoids (sometimes spelled thylakods),  are small interconnected sacks which contain the membranes that the light reactions of photosynthesis take place on. 
During its hundreds of millions of years tenure within the host, the chloroplast genome has undergone substantial modification. Human intervention is now beginning to make even more drastic modifications to chloroplast DNA. Transgenics is an immensely powerful tool for biological understanding. Chloroplast transformation was first achieved in the green alga Chlamydomonas using a gene gun approach in which selectable markers were literally blasted into the cells (6). However, engineering of chloroplast genomes has not really achieved widespread application. Nevertheless, chloroplast transformation has opened doors to some exciting developments. A single subunit, phage-type polymerase, encoded by the nucleus and similar to that used for mitochondrial transcription, was subsequently shown to be responsible for a major fraction of chloroplast gene transcription (17). The dual transcription systems are thought to allow regulation of chloroplast developmenta hypothesis whose testing will require further transgenics.
In land plants, chloroplasts are generally lens-shaped, 310 m in diameter and 13 m thick.   Corn seedling chloroplasts are 20 m3 in volume.  Greater diversity in chloroplast shapes exists among the algae, which often contain a single chloroplast  that can be shaped like a net (eg, Oedogonium),  a cup (eg, Chlamydomonas),  a ribbon-like spiral around the edges of the cell (eg, Spirogyra),  or slightly twisted bands at the cell edges (eg  Some algae have two chloroplasts in each cell; they are star-shaped in Zygnema,  or may follow the shape of half the cell in order Desmidiales.  In some algae, the chloroplast takes up most of the cell, with pockets for the nucleus and other organelles,  for example, some species of Chlorella have a cup -shaped chloroplast that occupies much of the cell. 
Chlorophyll a is found in all chloroplasts, as well as their cyanobacterial ancestors. Chlorophyll is a blue-green pigment  partially responsible for giving most cyanobacteria and chloroplasts their color. Other forms of chlorophyll exist, such as the accessory pigments chlorophyll b, chlorophyll c, chlorophyll d,  and chlorophyll f.
Next, the two plastid-dividing rings, or PD rings form. The inner plastid-dividing ring is located in the inner side of the chloroplasts inner membrane, and is formed first.  The outer plastid dividing ring is found wrapped around the outer chloroplast membrane. It consists of filaments about 5 nanometers across,  arranged in rows 6.4 nanometers apart, and shrinks to squeeze the chloroplast.  In a few species like Cyanidioschyzon merol, chloroplasts have a third plastid-dividing ring located in the chloroplasts intermembrane space.  
The biogenesis of these three membrane systems explains the fact that the membrane potential is built up by a proton gradient in chloroplasts across the thylakoid membrane (the thylakoid interior has an acidic environment), while in mitochondria the intermembrane space (area between the inner and outer membrane) is chemiosmotic with H + -Ions is loaded. Similarly, the ATP synthase (alias FoF1-ATPase) in chloroplasts is an enzyme embedded in the thylakoid membrane (CF1 part protrudes into the stroma), in mitochondria it is part of the inner membrane (F1 part facing the matrix). In both systems, ATP is released to the matrix / stroma. In exchange for ADP, it can enter the cytosol of the cell
Chloroplasts are one of many types of organelles in the plant cell. They are considered to have evolved from endosymbiotic cyanobacteria.  This origin of chloroplasts was first suggested by the Russian biologist Konstantin Mereschkowski in 1905  after Andreas Franz Wilhelm Schimper observed in 1883 that chloroplasts closely resemble cyanobacteria.  Chloroplasts are only found in plants, algae,  and the amoeboid Paulinella chromatophora.
The chloroplast double membrane is also often compared to the mitochondrial double membrane. This is not a valid comparisonthe inner mitochondria membrane is used to run proton pumps and carry out oxidative phosphorylation across to generate ATP energy. Even so, in terms of in-out, the direction of chloroplast H + ion flow is in the opposite direction compared to oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria.   In addition, in terms of function, the inner chloroplast membrane, which regulates metabolite passage and synthesizes some materials, has no counterpart in the mitochondrion. 
With few exceptions, most chloroplasts have their entire chloroplast genome combined into a single large circular DNA molecule,  typically 120,000170,000 base pairs long.     They can have a contour length of around 3060 micrometers, and have a mass of about 80130 million daltons. 
The stroma lamellae extend as large sheets perpendicular to the grana columns. These sheets are connected to the right-handed helices either directly or through bifurcations that form left-handed helical membrane surfaces. Approximately 4 left-handed helical junctions are present per granum, resulting in a pitch-balanced array of right- and left-handed helical membrane surfaces of different radii and pitch that consolidate the network with minimal surface and bending energies.  While different parts of the thylakoid system contain different membrane proteins, the thylakoid membranes are continuous and the thylakoid space they enclose form a single continuous labyrinth. 
The breakthroughs outlined here position us to tackle some fundamental questions in the next 25 years. We will soon have full gene complements for the host and endosymbiont and the ability to manipulate both genomes and target foreign proteins from the host to the endosymbiont (there are no leads on mechanisms to do the reverse). These approaches will be central in developing our understanding of still mysterious processes such as chloroplast division (29), the molecular signals regulating plastid differentiation, and the mechanisms of cross talk between the plant cell and its little green slaves. We may even be able to reconstruct endosymbiosis in the laboratory, putting chloroplasts into non-photosynthetic hosts.
These experiments were important for two key reasons: first, they showed that chloroplast targeting was different to the signal hypothesis for cotranslational insertion into the endomembrane system, and second, they were the germ of a system to dissect the import process. Mishkind et al. (27) demonstrated that the transit peptide was sufficient and necessary for import of proteins. Schrier et al. (33) and van den Broek et al. (37) established the use of transit peptides to direct foreign proteins into chloroplasts in transgenic plants, which paved the way for targeting of reporter proteins such as the jellyfish green fluorescent protein.
Today it is known that bacteria also have a cytoskeleton whose proteins show evolutionary relationship to those of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton. From experiments on the deciduous moss Physcomitrella patens (including knockout mosses) it is known that the FtsZ proteins, the tubulin homologues, not only cause the chloroplasts to divide  but can also form a complex network in the chloroplasts.  
The pigments can absorb light of certain wavelengths and the energy absorbed is used to produce ATP from ADP and phosphate (see phototrophy). ATP serves as an energy carrier for the build-up of glucose or phosphate.
Of the five or six rings involved in chloroplast division, only the outer plastid-dividing ring is present for the entire constriction and division phase while the Z-ring forms first, constriction does not begin until the outer plastid-dividing ring forms
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