Author: Nathan Lampson
This lesson will discuss the structure and function of the centrioles.
See More
Try a College Course Free

Sophia’s self-paced online courses are a great way to save time and money as you earn credits eligible for transfer to over 2,000 colleges and universities.*

Begin Free Trial
No credit card required

26 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

226 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 21 of Sophia’s online courses. More than 2,000 colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.



Centrioles are a cellular organelle responsible for aiding cell structure and cell division.


Centrioles help to organize microtubules that support the structure of a cell and hold organelles in their place.  The internal arrangement of the cell is determined by centrioles.


Centrioles hold spindle fibers in place during mitosis.  Spindle fibers move chromosomes to poles of the cell during cell division. Centrioles form a sort of zip-line that moves chromosomes in order to ensure that DNA is equally distributed to dividing cells.


This image depicts a side view of a centriole.  The structure is composed of microtubule triplets arranged in a circle.