Golgi Apparatus

Gift wrapping department for the cell

The New Balance factory makes shoes and sneakers. In order for them to make any money they have to shop the shoes and sneakers they make to other states and other parts of the world to cell. The same is true in living cells. Some cells make materials that are needed in other parts of the body so the cell must have a way to package and ship these materials.

The Golgi apparatus is the organelle that performs this function for the cell. The golgi apparatus is found in the cytoplasm of the cell near the plasma membrane. It resembles a stack of pancakes. When the cell need to ship a material to some other part of the body the golgi apparatus will wrap it in a piece of membrane like a Christmas package being gift wrapped. Then the golgi apparatus will transport the package through the cell membrane outside of the cell so it can then go where it is needed.