Many eukaryotic cells contain a tubular cell created out of a protein termed as tubulin and the structure is known as centriole. The centrosome is a complex structure formed out of a linked duo of centrioles enclosed in a formless corpus of a condensed substance termed as the pericentriolar material (PCM).


Almost all eukaryotes have centrioles in their cells like the animal cells. They could be found in the male gametes of ginkgo, cycads, seedless vascular plants, bryophytes, and charophytes, although they are not present in many of the fungi, angiosperms (blossoming plants) and pinophyta (conifers).

Almost all of the centrioles are a creation of 9 groups of microtubule triplets, organized in a cylindrical shape. The embryo of Drosophila Melanogaster and crabs display deviancies from this organization, as they have 9 doubles and the premature embryos and sperm cell of Caenorhabditis Elegans have 9 singles.

Edouard van Beneden with Theodor Boveri perceived and identified the centrioles for the first time in 1883 and 1888, in that order.  The design of how the centrioles duplicate was initially thought of by Joseph G. Gall and Etienne de Harven in the 1950’s. The key purpose of a centriole is to create spindle and aster while the division of cells takes place.

Structure of Centriole

Centriole as an organelle is made to use in organizing the mitotic spindle and completing the cytokinesis. At one point in time, centrioles were believed to be necessary for the creation of mitotic spindle in the animal cell. Although, many fresh experimentations established that the cell which does not have a centriole (surgically removed through laser) could function without them in the G1 level of interphase and then the centriole could be created in the future in a de novo manner.

The organization of microtubules in the cytoplasm is an extremely vital segment of centrosomes, undertaken by the Centrioles. The location of the centrioles has a key part in the three- dimensional organization of the cell as it also regulates the location of the nucleus.

In creatures that have flagella and cilia, the location of such organelle is decided after the mommy centrioles which form the base.

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