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GO term:motile cilium
Synonym: microtubule-based flagellum
Synonym: motile cilia
Synonym: motile secondary cilium
GO id:GO:0031514
Definition:A cilium which has a variable arrangement of axonemal microtubules, contains molecular motors, and beats with a characteristic whip-like pattern that promotes cell motility or transport of fluids and other cells across a cell surface. Motile cilia are typically found in multiple copies on epithelial cells that line the lumenal ducts of various tissues. Motile cilia may also function as sensory organelles.
CommentsNote that this term should not be confused with 'motile primary cilium ; GO:0031512'. Motile cilia are distinct from motile primary cilia (GO:0031512) that are typically present during embryogenesis in a single copy per cell, affect asymmetric body plan organization, and move in a rotational manner, as opposed to a whip-like, manner.
Number of paths to term: 3

is-adenotes an 'is-a' relationship
part-ofdenotes a 'part-of' relationship
regulatesdenotes a 'regulates' relationship
positively-regulatesdenotes a 'positively-regulates' relationship
negatively-regulatesdenotes a 'negatively-regulates' relationship


Gene_Ontology
        is-acellular_component
                is-acell
                        part-ofcell part
                                is-acell projection
                                        is-acilium
                                                part-ofciliary part +
                                                is-aleft anterior flagellum +
                                                is-aleft caudal flagellum +
                                                is-aleft posteriolateral flagellum +
                                                is-aleft ventral flagellum +
                                                is-amotile cilium [GO:0031514] (96 genes, 124 annotations)
                                                        is-alongitudinal flagellum
                                                        is-asperm flagellum +
                                                        is-atransverse flagellum
                                                is-aprimary cilium +
                                                is-aright anterior flagellum +
                                                is-aright caudal flagellum +
                                                is-aright posteriolateral flagellum +
                                                is-aright ventral flagellum +


Gene_Ontology
        is-acellular_component
                is-acell part
                        is-acell projection
                                is-acilium
                                        part-ofciliary part +
                                        is-aleft anterior flagellum +
                                        is-aleft caudal flagellum +
                                        is-aleft posteriolateral flagellum +
                                        is-aleft ventral flagellum +
                                        is-amotile cilium [GO:0031514] (96 genes, 124 annotations)
                                                is-alongitudinal flagellum
                                                is-asperm flagellum +
                                                is-atransverse flagellum
                                        is-aprimary cilium +
                                        is-aright anterior flagellum +
                                        is-aright caudal flagellum +
                                        is-aright posteriolateral flagellum +
                                        is-aright ventral flagellum +


Gene_Ontology
        is-acellular_component
                is-aorganelle
                        is-acilium
                                part-ofciliary part +
                                is-aleft anterior flagellum +
                                is-aleft caudal flagellum +
                                is-aleft posteriolateral flagellum +
                                is-aleft ventral flagellum +
                                is-amotile cilium [GO:0031514] (96 genes, 124 annotations)
                                        is-alongitudinal flagellum
                                        is-asperm flagellum +
                                        is-atransverse flagellum
                                is-aprimary cilium +
                                is-aright anterior flagellum +
                                is-aright caudal flagellum +
                                is-aright posteriolateral flagellum +
                                is-aright ventral flagellum +


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12/16/2014
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