• anonymous
besides lysosomes and peroxisomes are there any other organelles that help in seeking or destroying bacteria?
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When a phagocytic cell (ex: macrophage) engulfs a bacterium, the initial organelle formed is called a phagosome (or a phagocytic vacuole). Typically, these phgagosomes fuse with already formed lysosomes to form what is known as a phagolysosome. This allows the cell to bring the bacterium into contact with the specialized enzymes within the lysosome. There are also storage vacuoles that contain antibacterial compounds which can be released from the cell, but I'm not sure that these constitute an organelle.

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