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BIO 201

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BIO 201 BIO 201

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Lecture 12 notes
Cell Biology
BIO 201, Cell Biology, Cell Bio, Lara Hutson, Cell Bio 201
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Date Created: 02/23/16
Lecture 12 – Plasma Membrane The Plasma Membrane  Compartmentalization o All cells and all domains of life have plasma membranes o Structurally and virtually the same o Make sure biological molecules of life is concentrated enough  Scaffolding o Interactions with molecules – sometimes these molecules never find each other o Plasma membranes can hold cells/proteins that need to find each other  Selective barrier to diffusion o Maintains appropriate number of ions o Prevents toxins from diffusing in o Selectively permeable  Active transport o Proteins for active transport & ions  Signaling o Cell has to maintain a certain network of proteins in the plasma membrane o These signals come in the form of molecules o Proteins/peptides/neurotransmitters – none of these can diffuse in plasma membrane o If cell needs to respond, we need to communicate this signal from outside the cell inside the cell  Intercellular junctions o Proteins – cell adhesins and integrins hold cells together o Important for multicellular organisms o “gap junctions” (with or without signaling) – useful in heart cells  Energy/Metabolism o Membranes contain important proteins for aerobic metabolism and photosynthesis in the case of plants o These proteins are concentrated and held together in these membranes o Talking about inner mitochondrial or chloroplast membrane  Electrical transduction o Electrical communication is possible due to plasma membrane and selectively of membrane for ions ▯ ▯ Membrane Structure  Bilayer – train track appearance with two dark bands next to each other ▯ ▯ Fatty acids & membrane fluidity  Saturated – low in fluidity, high Tm  Unsaturated – high in fluidity, low in Tm  What we see when we incorporate these into phospholipids in membranes  Changing fatty acids – ways that organisms adapt to temperature change ▯ ▯ Cholesterol: membrane antifreeze  Large and unusual lipid that’s comproised of lots of carbohydrates  Non fatty acid derived lipid  Found in membranes  Cholesterol by itself has a high Tm, low fluidity  Different effect with phospholipid due to antifreeze  If you have a membrane at a very high temperature and could potentially melt apart – cholesterol fills in the gaps and makes sure holes don’t appear in membrane and increases van der walls  Buffers membrane from very high and very low temperatures  Works effectively when it’s at 25% membrane ▯ ▯ Estimated % content of different biological membranes  RBC: 50/50 lipid and proteins  Myelin: part of nervous systems – not neurons – wrap the axon with lots of membranes serving as an insulin which promotes conductivity – reflected in lipid and protein content  Mitochondria/chloroplast: has more proteins – in the business of metabolism ▯ ▯ Membrane structure & proteins  Hypothetical model of plasma membrane  Lots of proteins and cholesterol  There are proteins that go into the fatty acid tails – non polar AA – hydrophobic – integral membrane proteins – span through membrane or insert through parts of membrane  Peripheral membrane proteins: sit on membrane and stay on membrane & don’t integrate in layer of membrane  Sugars from glycosylation: surfaces exposed to outside of cell – analogous to disulfide bonds o Takes place in golgi complex o These proteins were made in RER ▯ ▯ Fluid mosaic model  Membrane amphipathy – phospholipids are amphipathic – interior is hydrophobic and exterior is polar  Asymmetric – integral proteins – some proteins inserted on the inside not inserted on the outside – lipids aren’t randomly incorporated into the membrane  Fluidity ▯ ▯ Measuring membrane fluidity: (FRAP)  Illustrates how proteins might move in the membranes – fluorescent covered proteins  Lipids that are in that spot never recover  Able to plot the rate of recovery ▯ ▯ Incomplete recovery during FRAP  Some cells in some cases showed a very low membrane fluidity – unpredictable  Initially steep curve (fluid) – but never got complete recovery ever  Little patches of bleached area – remained unfluorescent forever – little holes  LIPID RAFTS Lipid Rafts  Low fluidity – anchored in place within the membrane – more saturated phospholipids and phospholipids with longer chains  Large amounts of cholesterol – too much can increase Tm and decrease fluidity  Certain proteins anchored here – integral proteins ▯ ▯ Plasma Membrane permeability  Osmosis in RBCs  Cells shrink when places in hypertonic solution ▯ ▯ Cells swell or shrink due to osmosis  Hypertonic concentration – water concentration is the same on both sides  Entropy wants to equalize concentration  Membrane isn’t permeable to ions  Water flows from inside to outside in an effort to dilute out the solute in order to equalize the concentration  Result: lose water and die  Determine if ions are the only things that the membrane isn’t permeable too ▯ ▯ Plasma membrane is selectively permeable ▯ ▯ Summer of membrane permeability  High to low permeability from top to bottom  O, C, N – gases are permeable


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