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The lysosome is a membrane-limited organelle present in all eukaryotic cells, which contains a large number of hydrolytic enzymes that are used for degrading almost any kind of cellular constituent, including entire organelles. The mechanisms responsible for delivering cytoplasmic cargo to the lysosome/vacuole are known collectively as autophagy and play an important role in the maintenance of homeostasis.


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lysosome [ GO:0005764 ]

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