Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 7, 373-378 (May 2006) | doi:10.1038/nrm1912

Subject Category: Opinion

Focus on: Lipids

OpinionOpinion: Lipid droplets: a unified view of a dynamic organelle

Sally Martin1 & Robert G. Parton1  About the authors


Lipid droplets form the main lipid store in eukaryotic cells. Although all cells seem to be able to generate lipid droplets, their biogenesis, regulatory mechanisms and interactions with other organelles remain largely elusive. In this article, we outline some of the recent developments in lipid droplet cell biology. We show the mobile and dynamic nature of this organelle, and advocate the adoption of a unified nomenclature to consolidate terminology in this emerging field.

Author affiliations

  1. Sally Martin and Robert G. Parton are at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, and Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia.

Correspondence to: Robert G. Parton1 Email:

Published online 8 March 2006


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