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Biochem Soc Trans. 2009 Oct;37(Pt 5):991-6. doi: 10.1042/BST0370991.

Fat on the move: intracellular motion of lipid droplets.

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  • 1Department of Biology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA.


Lipid droplets are intracellular organelles that play central roles in lipid metabolism. In many cells, lipid droplets undergo active motion, typically along microtubules. This motion has been proposed to aid growth and breakdown of droplets, to allow net transfer of nutrients from sites of synthesis to sites of need and to deliver proteins and lipophilic signals. This review summarizes the current understanding of where, why and how lipid droplets move.

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