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Lipid droplet

Definition

The lipid droplet is a dynamic cytoplasmic organelle which consists of an heterogeneous macromolecular assembly of lipids and proteins covered by a unique phospholipid monolayer. Lipid droplets may play a role in lipid metabolism and storage, and they may be involved in the regulation of intracellular trafficking and signal transduction.

Synonyms

Adiposome
Lipid bodies
Lipid body
Lipid particle
Monolayer-surrounded lipid storage body
Oil bodies
Oil body
Oleosome
Spherosome

Category

› Cellular component

Keywords

Lipid droplet

GOi

lipid particle [ GO:0005811 ]