Author(s): Fliegauf M, Benzing T, Omran H
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Abstract Defects in the function of cellular organelles such as peroxisomes, lysosomes and mitochondria are well-known causes of human diseases. Recently, another organelle has also been added to this list. Cilia--tiny hair-like organelles attached to the cell surface--are located on almost all polarized cell types of the human body and have been adapted as versatile tools for various cellular functions, explaining why cilia-related disorders can affect many organ systems. Several molecular mechanisms involved in cilia-related disorders have been identified that affect the structure and function of distinct cilia types.
This article was published in Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol
and referenced in Journal of Cell Science & Therapy