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Lysosome vs. Peroxisome: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on December 27, 2023
Lysosomes are cellular organelles containing digestive enzymes, while peroxisomes contain enzymes for oxidative reactions.

Key Differences

Lysosomes are specialized organelles in eukaryotic cells that digest cellular waste and foreign material using enzymes. Peroxisomes, in contrast, are involved in the breakdown of very long chain fatty acids through beta-oxidation.
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Lysosomes function as the cell's waste disposal system, degrading worn-out organelles and macromolecules. Peroxisomes, however, play a key role in detoxifying substances, like alcohol, in the liver.
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Dec 27, 2023
The enzymes in lysosomes work best in acidic environments, which is maintained within these organelles. Peroxisomes contain enzymes that produce and degrade hydrogen peroxide, a byproduct of their metabolic reactions.
Huma Saeed
Dec 27, 2023
Lysosomes are formed from the Golgi apparatus, while peroxisomes self-replicate by fission or are formed de novo.
Harlon Moss
Dec 27, 2023
In terms of genetic diseases, defects in lysosomal enzymes can lead to lysosomal storage diseases. Peroxisomal disorders, on the other hand, often involve abnormalities in peroxisome biogenesis or enzyme functions.
Sawaira Riaz
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Comparison Chart

Function

Digests cellular waste and foreign material
Participates in lipid metabolism and detoxification
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Enzyme Environment

Operates in acidic conditions
Produces and degrades hydrogen peroxide
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Origin

Formed from Golgi apparatus
Self-replicates or formed de novo
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Role in Disease

Lysosomal storage diseases
Peroxisomal disorders
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Key Metabolic Process

Breakdown of macromolecules
Beta-oxidation of fatty acids
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Lysosome and Peroxisome Definitions

Lysosome

A membrane-bound organelle with digestive enzymes.
Lysosomes break down cellular debris.
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Dec 08, 2023

Peroxisome

Involved in lipid metabolism.
Peroxisomes break down long-chain fatty acids.
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Dec 08, 2023

Lysosome

Containing acid hydrolases for digestion.
Lysosomes are essential for recycling cellular components.
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Dec 08, 2023

Peroxisome

Contains catalase for hydrogen peroxide decomposition.
Peroxisomes neutralize toxic byproducts.
Harlon Moss
Dec 08, 2023

Lysosome

A part of the endomembrane system.
Lysosomes originate from the Golgi apparatus.
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Dec 08, 2023

Peroxisome

An organelle with oxidative enzymes.
Peroxisomes detoxify harmful substances.
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Dec 08, 2023

Lysosome

A cell's waste disposal system.
Lysosomes digest damaged organelles.
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Dec 08, 2023

Peroxisome

Key in producing and degrading hydrogen peroxide.
Peroxisomes balance reactive oxygen species.
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Dec 08, 2023

Lysosome

Involved in autophagy within cells.
Lysosomes help in cellular renewal.
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Dec 08, 2023

Peroxisome

Self-replicating organelles in cells.
Peroxisomes proliferate in response to metabolic needs.
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Lysosome

A membrane-bound organelle in the cytoplasm of most cells containing various hydrolytic enzymes that function in intracellular digestion.
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Peroxisome

A cell organelle containing a large number of enzymes, including catalase and oxidase, that break down long-chain fatty acids and other organic molecules. The hydrogen peroxide produced by these reactions is also broken down within the peroxisome.
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Dec 07, 2023

Lysosome

(cytology) An organelle found in all types of animal cells which contains a large range of digestive enzymes capable of splitting most biological macromolecules.
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Peroxisome

(cytology) An intracellular organelle found in all eukaryotes (except Archezoa) which is the source of the enzymes that catalyze the production and breakdown hydrogen peroxide, and are responsible for the oxidation of long-chain fatty acids.
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Dec 07, 2023

Lysosome

An organelle found in the cytoplasm of most cells (especially in leukocytes and liver and kidney cells)
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FAQs

What is a lysosome?

A cell organelle containing digestive enzymes.
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What is a peroxisome?

An organelle with enzymes for lipid metabolism and detoxification.
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Dec 27, 2023

What disorders are associated with peroxisomes?

Peroxisomal disorders, often related to biogenesis or enzyme function.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 27, 2023

How do lysosomes function?

By breaking down cellular waste using acidic enzymes.
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Can lysosomes digest foreign substances?

Yes, they can break down foreign material ingested by the cell.
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Why are peroxisomes important in the liver?

They detoxify substances like alcohol.
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How do peroxisomes protect cells?

By neutralizing harmful oxidative byproducts.
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Dec 27, 2023

What is the main role of peroxisomes?

Peroxisomes are involved in fatty acid metabolism and hydrogen peroxide degradation.
Janet White
Dec 27, 2023

Where do lysosomes originate?

From the Golgi apparatus.
Harlon Moss
Dec 27, 2023

What's unique about peroxisomal enzymes?

They produce and degrade hydrogen peroxide.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 27, 2023

How are peroxisomes formed?

They can self-replicate or be formed de novo.
Janet White
Dec 27, 2023

What is the role of lysosomes in immunity?

They help destroy pathogens ingested by immune cells.
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Dec 27, 2023

Do lysosomes have a specific pH?

Yes, they function in an acidic environment.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 27, 2023

What happens if lysosomes malfunction?

It can lead to the accumulation of undigested substances.
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Dec 27, 2023

What is autophagy in relation to lysosomes?

The process where lysosomes degrade and recycle cell components.
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Are peroxisomes larger than lysosomes?

Their size can vary, but they are generally similar in size.
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Dec 27, 2023

How do lysosomal enzymes reach lysosomes?

They are transported there from the Golgi apparatus.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 27, 2023

Are lysosomes involved in any diseases?

Yes, lysosomal storage diseases are caused by enzyme defects.
Harlon Moss
Dec 27, 2023

What role do peroxisomes play in aging?

They may influence aging by managing oxidative stress.
Harlon Moss
Dec 27, 2023

Can peroxisomes change in number?

Yes, they can proliferate in response to cellular needs.
Janet White
Dec 27, 2023
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