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microbody

[′mī·krə‚bäd·ē]
(cell and molecular biology)
Any of three distinct classes (peroxisomes, glyoxysomes, and microperoxisomes) of cytoplasmic organelles that are bounded by a single membrane and contain a variety of enzymes.
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3, 20) The alga also has the smallest genome of all photosynthetic eukaryotes, and contains a minimal set of small membrane-bound compartments; for example, a microbody (peroxisome), a single endoplasmic reticulum, a single Golgi apparatus, and a few lysosomes (vacuoles).
glyoxysomes: Subcellular microbody present in the cytoplasm of many oil seeds; enzymes packaged in the glyoxysome convert lipids to carbohydrates during the germination process.
His current scientific interests mainly focus on protein engineering and design, aimed at isolating biological macromolecules with prescribed functions via rational design or high throughput screening of combinatorial peptide, microbody and enzyme libraries.