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Diagram of a typical animal cell (eukaryote). Organelles:(1) nucleolus (2) nucleus (3) ribosome (4) vesicle (5) rough endoplasmic reticulum (ER) (6) golgi apparatus (7) cytoskeleton (8) smooth ER (9) mitochondria (10) vacuole (11) cytoplasm (12) lysosome (13) centrioles

In cell biology, a vesicle is a small bubble within a cell, and thus a type of cellular organelle.

Types of vesicles


Main article: Vacuole

In some mature plant cells, the central vacuole may constitute more than 90% of the cell volume.[1]


Main article: Lysosome

Transport vesicles

Secretory vesicles

Secretory vesicles store secreted proteins and fuse with the plasma membrane to release their contents.[2]

Sarfus image of lipid vesicles adsorbed on trimethoxysilane surface


  1. Freedman, Jeffrey C. "63:Plant Cell Physiology". In Sperelakis, Nicholas. Cell Physiology Sourcebook:A Molecular Approach (3rd ed.). San Diego, California: Academic Press. p. 1084. ISBN 0-12-656977-0. 
  2. Lodish, Harvey; Berk, Arnold; Zipursky, S. Lawrence; Matsudaira, Paul; Baltimore, David; Darnell, James E. (2003). Molecular Cell Biology (5th ed.). W. H. Freeman and Company. p. 166. ISBN 978-071674366-8. 

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