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Name: Hap S.
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Date: December 2004


Question:
Dear Sir, I am a teacher. I have been preparing a lesson about centriole, cilia and flagella. I have a doubt about basal body. I want to make sure that whether basal body and centriole are the same thing? Another question is: Centrioles are one of the components of the centrosome or centrosome is just an area surround the centriole?



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Cilia are organized (assembled) from centrioles located at the cell margin...these are then called basal and are a specialized form of centrioles.

The centrosome, or the microtubule organizing center, is usually considered an AREA in the cell where microtubles are assembled. An animal cell centrosome has a pair of centrioles, that are each made of nine groups of microtubules.

For an excellent web site on thes visit

http://www.cytochemistry.net/Cell-biology/cilia.htm

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