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Osteoclasts are packed with lysosomes. How are both parts the principle of complementarity applies to this structure/function relationship. This requires that you describe lysosomes and osteoclasts and their mechanisms of action. Is osteoclastic bad?

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Answered Jun 20Biology
Beatrix HuissoonUndergraduate at the University of Cambridge, with lots of tutoring experience14 students helped

Osteoclasts are responsible for breaking down bone tissue so that the skeleton can be maintained and repaired. Lysosomes are vesicles containing hydrolytic enzymes (they break things down), which are released by the osteoclast to break down certain parts of the tissue (the exact mechanism of action is rather complex). So, osteoclasts wouldn't be able to function without lysosomes, as they provide a mechanism for the controlled release of enzymes. Osteoclasts aren't bad- they're essential for the maintenance of the skeleton- sometimes it is useful to break things down!