The life cycle of the peroxisome

Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2001 May;2(5):357-68. doi: 10.1038/35073063.


Peroxisomes are highly adaptable organelles that carry out oxidative reactions. Distinct cellular machineries act together to coordinate peroxisome formation, growth, division, inheritance, turnover, movement and function. Soluble and membrane-associated components of these machineries form complex networks of physical and functional interactions that provide supramolecular control of the precise dynamics of peroxisome biogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane / chemistry
  • Cell Membrane / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Peroxisomes / chemistry
  • Peroxisomes / metabolism*