It has been long since we last did an article on a cell organelle. The last thing we did was ER or Endoplasmic Reticulum. Today, we will take a detailed look at yet another famous cell organelle – the Golgi Body. This article on Golgi Body facts will take a detailed look at the organelle and try to answer some of the commonest question related to it.
As you proceed through the article, you will find answers to the following questions:
- What is Golgi Body?
- Who discovered Golgi Body?
- What are the other names of Golgi Body?
- Where is Golgi Body located?
- Why are the Golgi Bodies also known as Dictyosomes?
- What is the Golgi Body made up of?
- What are the functions of Golgi Body?
These questions cover almost everything you need to learn about this unique cell organelle. So, without further ado, let us start with our article on Golgi Body facts.
Golgi Body Facts: 1-5 | What, Discoverer, Names
1. Golgi Body is a cell organelle and is present in cells of all higher animals and plants. It plays a very vital role in the functioning of the cell.
2. You may ask “why is the organelle so named?”. Well, it is actually named after the discoverer of the organelle. The person who discovered the organelle was known as Camillo Golgi.
3. Camillo Golgi was a neuroanatomist from Italy and he discovered the organelle somewhere in the late 19th century. To be exact, he discovered the organelle in 1897 and it was later named after him in year 1898. He found the organelle in the brain cells.
4. Golgi Body is also known by various other names. These names include Golgi Complex, Golgi Apparatus or, it is simply referred to as Golgi!
5. Golgi Body is also known as ‘Dictyosomes’ at times. Why it is so called will be described later in this article. Just continue reading to learn more about this organelle.
Golgi Body Facts: 6-10 | Where, Location, Structure
6. Where is Golgi Body found? Well, it is a cell organelle and hence, it is found inside a cell. The question is, “what type of cell?”. Golgi Complex is found in most of the eukaryotic cells. Just a quick reminder, eukaryotic cells have membrane-bound organelles.
7. Now the question is, ‘where exactly Golgi Body is located inside a cell?”. This is quite interesting. When it comes to its location inside the cell, there is no unique position in eukaryotic cells where the Golgi Body can be found.
8. In case of mammals, the general rule of thumb states that it is located near the nucleus of the cell and close to the centrosome.
9. In plants however, this is not true. In plants you cannot see Golgi ribbons and the Golgi stacks are not concentrated in the region of the centrosome.
10. What is the structure of the Golgi Body? The structure of the Golgi Body is quite complex. The whole of the apparatus is made of a series of compartments and contains two prominent networks.