This website is intended to serve as a resource for researchers interested in cilia, the evolutionarily ancient eukaryotic organelles found on the surfaces of most unicellular organisms and a large proportion of cells and tissues in animals. The two classes of cilia, motile and non-motile, collectively perform a wide variety of functions broadly encompassing cell/fluid movement and sensory perception. Despite the numerous research papers and review articles available on cilia, there is still much to be learned about the physiological functions and inner workings of both types of cilia in health and disease.
Cilia are highly complex, bona fide organelles that are separated from the main cell body and boast hundreds of different proteins. They have a microtubule-based motility system termed
Cilia are implicated in numerous disorders that are collectively termed
Research on cilia is growing rapidly, and there is now a journal dedicated to disseminating research articles and reviews on cilia-related content. Take a look: Cilia.
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