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Cellular component Lipid droplet

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    DefinitionThe 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
    Category› Cellular component
    KeywordsLipid droplet
    GOilipid particle [ GO:0005811 ]
    Graphical Lipid droplet