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Centrioles observed under electron microscope

What they are - definition

Centrioles are structures present in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells of the vast majority of animal species (including those of humans).

Main Features:

- They have a cylindrical shape;

- Centrioles consist of nine triple microtubules;

- Centrioles are located in the center of the cells;

- are arranged in pairs;

- Have the ability to self-duplicate.

Centriole Functions in Cells:

- It has great importance in the process of cell division.

- Participate in the organization of the myopic spindle (cytoskeleton structure involved in meiosis and mitosis).

- They act on the formation of cilia and flagella (filament-shaped cell appendages).