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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