• Robert A. Reid
  • Rachel M. Leech
Part of the Tertiary Level Biology book series (TLB)


UNLIKE CHLOROPLASTS AND MITOCHONDRIA WHOSE EXISTENCE WAS KNOWN to the light microscopists long before their biochemistry was investigated, the cellular enzymic activities associated with microbodies were assayed before these particles were recognized as a distinct class of subcellular organelle. The name “microbody” was originally used to describe a particle in mammalian liver cells, circular in profile and 0-2–1-5 µm in diameter, with a sparsely granular matrix, and bounded by a single membrane.


Castor Bean Glyoxylate Cycle Isocitrate Lyase Hydroxy Pyruvate Amino Acid Oxidase 
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© R. A. Reid and R. M. Leech 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Reid
    • 1
  • Rachel M. Leech
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of YorkEngland

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