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Details for blepharoplast
Gene ontology ID
GO:0097727
Definition
An intracellular non-membrane-bounded organelle found in multi-ciliated sperm cells of some primitive land plants, and consisting of many radially arranged ninefold symmetric cylinders. The blepharoplast is involved in de novo formation of multiple centrioles; it enlarges and then disintegrates into many procentrioles, which elongate and ultimately nucleate cilia on the surface of the sperm cell
Comment
The blepharoplast should not be confused with a basal body; rather, it acts as the precursor assembly zone for multiple basal bodies.
References
1. GOC: cilia
2. GOC: tb
3. PMID 22691130
4. PMID 25047614
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