A cytoplasmic inclusion is a non-living substance, usually a macromolecule or cluster of macromolecules, that is suspended inside the cytoplasm of the cell. Examples include stored nutrients and energy sources, secretory products, and pigment granules.
|Type of organisms whose cells contain cytoplasmic inclusions||All types of organisms|
|Type of cells within these organisms that contain cytoplasmic inclusions||Most cells. The types of cytoplasmic inclusions depend on the type of cell and the environment of the cell.|
|Number of cytoplasmic inclusions per cell||Variable, depending on the type of cell and the environment/history of the cell|
|Location within cell||Could be anywhere in the cytoplasmg|
|Structural components||Depends on the inclusion|
|Chemical constituents||Depends on the inclusion|
|Function||These inclusions may get picked up by various organelles, such as the mitochondrion or lysosome, for some purpose.|