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Biochim Biophys Acta. 2009 Jun;1791(6):459-66. doi: 10.1016/j.bbalip.2008.10.009. Epub 2008 Nov 7.

The life of lipid droplets.

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Organelle Architecture and Dynamics, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany. twalther@biochem.mpg.de

Abstract

Lipid droplets are the least characterized of cellular organelles. Long considered simple lipid storage depots, these dynamic and remarkable organelles have recently been implicated in many biological processes, and we are only now beginning to gain insights into their fascinating lives in cells. Here we examine what we know of the life of lipid droplets. We review emerging data concerning their cellular biology and present our thoughts on some of the most salient questions for investigation.

PMID:
19041421
PMCID:
PMC2782899
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbalip.2008.10.009
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