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LIFE 120 Midterm 1 Study Guide

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Fundamentals of Biology I
Dr. Peter Angeletti
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Chapter 1  Hierarchy of life (Biggest to Smallest) o Biosphere o Ecosystem o Community o Population o Organism o Organ System o Organ o Tissue o Cell o Organelle o Molecule o Atom  Eukaryotic cells have a DNA-containing nucleus and other membrane- enclosed organelles  Prokaryotic cells lack such organisms  DNA contains genetic information that is encoded in the nucleotide sequences  Domain Bacteria and domain Archaea consist of Prokaryotes  Domain Eukarya consists of Eukaryotes  Organisms interact with their environments, exchanging matter and energy o Two major processes  Cycling of nutrients which return to the soil  Flow of energy from sunlight to producers to consumers o Energy enters as light and exits as heat Chapter 2 • Atoms/elements ◦ Atomic Structure ▪ Protons (+) ▪ Electrons (-) ▪ Neutrons (0) ▪ (# protons = # electrons) • Subatomic Particles ◦ Quarks, Muon, Tau, Gluon, Photons, Neutrinos, Higgs boson strings • Isotopes - stable/unstable variants of elements with extra neutrons ◦ Isotopes of hydrogen ▪ Hydrogen 1 proton ▪ Deuterium 1 proton 1 neutron ▪ Tritium 1 proton 3 neutron ◦ Isotopes of carbon ▪ Carbon-12 6 protons 6 neutrons ▪ Carbon-14 6 protons 8 neutrons  Hydrogen Bonds o Involve hydrogen and an electronegative atom  Oxygen, Nitrogen, Phosphorous o Weak polar (hydrophilic) interactions o 10% the strength of a covalent bond  The hydrogen bonding of water gives it special properties o Cohesion surface tension o Adhesion “wetting” o high Specific heat  1cal/gram/ C o Solid water (ice) is less dense than liquid water o Water ionizes  Polarity of water allows it to solvate ions and charged molecules  Ionic Bonds o Electropositive atoms  Cations (+)  More protons than electrons o Electronegative atoms  Anions (-)  More electrons than protons Chapter 3 • Aside from water, living organisms consist mostly of carbon-based compounds, organic compounds • Carbon is unparalleled in its ability to form large, complex, and diverse molecules • Importance of carbon — Variation in Carbon Skeletons ◦ Carbon it the most versatile atom on earth ◦ Produce a vast array of chemical structures — Diverse molecules • Isomers are molecules that have the same molecular formula and molecular weight, but a different arrangement of atoms • Structural isomers differ in the order which their atoms are attached • Chemical groups ◦ Carbon covalent bonds can connect with many different chemical groups ◦ the valences of carbon and its most frequent partners are the “building code” that governs the architecture of living molecules ◦ The properties of an organic molecule also depend on the chemical group • Critically important molecules of all living things fall into four main classes ◦ Carbohydrates ◦ Lipids (NOT macromolecules, associate by hydrophobic interactions) ◦ Proteins ◦ Nucleic acids • Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Nucleic acids can form huge molecules called macromolecules • Diversity of Polymers: Each cell has thousands of different macromolecules; Macromolecules vary among cells, within a species, between species • Critically important molecules of all living things fall into four main classes ◦ Carbohydrates ◦ Lipids ◦ Proteins ◦ Nucleic acids • Carbohydrates ◦ contain carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in the proportion CH O.2 • Monosaccharides ◦ The simplest carbohydrates are monosaccharides, or simple sugars, such as Glucose (C6H12 6 • Disaccharides • Polysaccharides ◦ Carbohydrate macromolecules ▪ Polymers of many sugar building blocks • Carbohydrates serve as fuel and building material. ◦ Cells store and release energy using a variety of carbohydrates, both simple and complex. ◦ Carbohydrates are used to build the molecules needed for cell structure and function. • Monosaccharides are the simplest form of sugar ◦ Monosaccharides serve as a major fuel for cells and as raw material for building molecules ◦ Monosaccharides are classified by the number ofcarbons in the carbon skeleton and the placement of the carbonyl group (C=O) • Polysaccharides, the polymers of sugars, have storage and structural roles. ◦ The structure and function of a polysaccharide are determined by its sugar monomers and the positions of glyosidic linkages. ◦ Polysaccharides: Starch, Glycogen, Cellulose, and Chitin • Critically important molecules of all living things fall into four main classes ◦ Carbohydrates ◦ Lipids ◦ Proteins ◦ Nucleic acids ◦ Lipids are large molecules that do not form true polymers • Lipids are a diverse group of hydrophobic molecules ◦ Hydrophobic ▪ The unifying feature of lipids is having little or no affinity for water (not soluble in water) ◦Lipids are hydrophobic because they consist mostly of hydrocarbons, which form nonpolar covalent bonds ◦Lipids are an efficient way to store energy. (fats) ◦Saturated Fats are the principal molecules in butter ◦Structural role: Lipids in membranes partition the cell into compartments. (phospholipids) ◦Functional role: Some lipids are signaling molecules. (steroids) ◦Lipids include: Fats, Phospholipids, and Steroids ◦Phospholipids oTwo FAs + phosphate group attached glycerol oPhosphate and glycerol group (hydrophilic head) oFatty acid tails (hydrophobic) ◦Steroids olipids of carbon skeleton consisting of four fused rings olipids that regulate many aspects of growth osmall modifications of a steroid molecule can make a big difference in its effects on physiology, growth, and development • Proteins ◦ Nearly every dynamic ◦ Nearly every dynamic function of a living being depends on proteins. ◦ Proteins account for more than 50% of the dry mass of most cells ◦ Proteins are structurally and functionally complex: a diversity of structures, resulting in a wide range of functions ◦ Proteins perform a vast array of functions within living organisms. ◦ A protein is a biologically functional molecule that consists of one or more polypeptides. ▪ Polypeptides are unbranched polymers built from the same set of 20 amino acids. ▪ Amino acids are organic molecules with carboxyl and amino groups. ▪ The two functional groups (amino and carboxyl) are involved in condensation reactions that create peptide bonds between amino acids. ▪ Hydrogen bonds stabilize the secondary structure of the protein keratins’ amino acids ◦ Polypeptides ◦ Polypeptides range in length from a few to more than a thousand monomers ◦ Each polypeptide has a unique linear sequence of amino acids, from the amino end to the carboxyl end. ◦ The sequence of amino acids leads to a unique 3D structure. ▪ The structure of a protein is described at 4 levels of complexity. ◦ Sickle Cell Disease ▪ Primary structure is the sequence of amino acids on the polypeptide chain ▪ A slight change in primary structure can affect a protein’s structure and ability to function ▪ Sickle-cell disease, an inherited blood disorder, results from a single amino acid substitution in the protein hemoglobin • Nucleic Acids ◦ Nucleic acids store, transmit, and help express hereditary information. ◦ There are two types of nucleic acids ▪ Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) ▪ Ribonucleic acid (RNA) ◦ Nucleic acids are polymers called polynucleotides ◦ Each polynucleotide is made of monomers called nucleotides ◦ Each nucleotide consists of a nitrogenous base, a pentose sugar, and one or more phosphate groups ◦ The portion of a nucleotide without the phosphate group is called a nucleoside ◦ Nucleic acids are polymers called polynucleotides ◦ Nucleotide consists of a phosphate group, a pentose sugar, and a nitrogenous base ◦ Formation of Polymer Nucleotides ▪ Adjacent nucleotides are joined by covalent bonds that form between the hydroxyl (-OH) group on the 3’ carbon of one nucleotide and the phosphate on the 5’ carbon of the next ▪ These links create a backbone of sugar-phosphate units with nitrogenous bases as appendages ◦ DNA Double Helix ▪ Two polynucleotides spiraling around an axis — double helix ▪ Antiparallel — backbones in opposite 5’ —> 3’ directions ▪ N Bases pair by hydrogen bonds ▪ Adenine and Thyme ▪ Guanine and Cytosine Chapter 4  All organisms are made of cells o Definition - cell is the simplest collection of matter that can live o Viruses are not cells  Cell structure is correlated to cellular function o Structural order produces emergent properties o Structural variety is enormous o Basic continuity in cellular structure  Microscopes o Most cells are between 1 and 100 m in diameter, too small to be seen by the unaided eye  Cell Fractionation  Microscopy o Light microscopy (LM),  visible light; glass lens o Electron microscopy (EM),  Electrons; magnetic lens o Image quality depends on  Magnification  LM – 1000x  EM – 100,000 +  Resolution  LM – 200 nm  EM - .002 nm  Contrast  Light Microscopy techniques to enhance contrast o Fluorescence – structures tagged with fluorescent dyes or antibodies o (artery cell) o Confocal – special aperture reduces stray light; focus in 3 dimensions o (nerve cells green; support cells red; yellow overlap)  Electron Microscopy Techniques o Scanning electron microscopes (SEMs)  Focus beam on specimen surface  Images look 3-D o Transmission electron microscopes (TEMs)  Focus beam through a specimen  Examine internal structure  Cell fractionation breaks up cells and separates the major organelles from one another  Centrifuges fractionate cells into their component parts, and cell components separate based on their relative size.  Basic features of all cells o Plasma membrane o Semifluid substance called cytosol o Chromosomes (carry genes) o Ribosomes (make proteins)  Prokaryotic cell o No nucleus or organelles o Bacteria and Archaea  Archaea utilize DNA as their genetic material but do not have their DNA enclosed within a nuclear envelope  Eukaryotic cell o Membrane-enclosed organelles o Well defined Nucleus o Plants, animals & fungi  No nucleus - DNA called the nucleoid  No membrane-bound organelles  The plasma membrane is a selective barrier that allows sufficient passage of oxygen, nutrients, and waste to service the volume of every cell.  The general structure of a biological membrane is a double layer of phospholipids.  A eukaryotic cell has internal membranes that divide the cell into compartments—organelles  The plasma membrane and organelle membranes participate directly in the cell’s metabolism  DNA in nucleus – bounded by nuclear envelope  Complex endomembrane system  Plant and animal cells have most of the same organelles.  The nucleus contains most of the DNA in a eukaryotic cell  Nucleus is usually the most conspicuous organelle  In the nucleus, DNA is organized into discrete units called chromosomes  Each chromosome is one long DNA molecule associated with proteins o The DNA and proteins of chromosomes are together called chromatin o Chromatin condenses to form discrete chromosomes as a cell prepares to divide  The nucleolus is located within the nucleus and is the site of ribosomal RNA synthesis  Ribosomes are complexes of ribosomal RNA and protein  The nucleolus is located within the nucleus and is the site of ribosomal RNA (rRNA) synthesis  Ribosomes carry out protein synthesis in two locations o In the cytosol (free ribosomes) o On the outside of the endoplasmic reticulum (rough ER) or the nuclear envelope (bound ribosomes)  The endomembrane system regulates protein traffic and performs metabolic functions in the cell.  Components of the endomembrane system o Nuclear envelope o Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) o Golgi apparatus o Lysosomes o Vacuoles o Plasma membrane  These components are either continuous or connected through transfer by vesicles  The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) accounts for more than half of the total membrane in many eukaryotic cells.  The rough ER membrane is continuous with the nuclear envelope.  There are two distinct regions of ER o Smooth ER: lacks ribosomes o Rough ER: surface is studded with ribosomes  The smooth ER o Synthesizes lipids, such as oils, phospholipids, and steroids o Metabolizes carbohydrates o Detoxifies drugs and poisons o Stores calcium ions  The rough ER o Has bound ribosomes o Distributes transport vesicles, proteins surrounded by membranes o Is a membrane factory for the cell  A lysosome is a membranous sac of hydrolytic enzymes that can digest macromolecules o Lysosomal enzymes can hydrolyze proteins, fats, polysaccharides, and nucleic acids o Lysosomal enzymes work best in the acidic environment inside the lysosome  Vacuoles are large vesicles derived from the endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus  Food vacuoles are formed by phagocytosis o Phagocytosis is the process in which bacteria is engulfed in white blood cells  Contractile vacuoles, found in many freshwater protists, pump excess water out of cells  Central vacuoles, found in many mature plant cells, hold organic compounds and water  Certain vacuoles in plants and fungi carry out enzymatic hydrolysis like lysosomes  Mitochondria are the sites of cellular respiration, a metabolic process that uses oxygen to generate ATP.  Chloroplasts, found in plants and algae, are the sites of photosynthesis.  Peroxisomes are oxidative organelles.  Chloroplasts contain the green pigment chlorophyll, as well as enzymes and other molecules that function in photosynthesis  Chloroplasts are found in leaves and other green organs of plants and in algae  The chloroplast is one of a group of plant organelles called plastids; double membrane plant organelles.  Peroxisomes o specialized metabolic compartments o bounded by a single membrane  Chemical factories o Make hydrogen peroxide, a strong oxidizer, bleaching agent and disinfectant. o Detoxify o Glyoxysomes, specialized peroxisomes, found in plants, convert fats to sugar  Cytoskeleton is a network of fibers that organizes structures and activities in the cell.  Cytoskeleton network extends throughout the cytoplasm o organizes the cell’s structures o anchors many organelles  Functions: o Supports the cell & maintains shape o Regulates biochemical activities o Produces cell motility  Three main types of fibers make up the cytoskeleton o Microtubules are the thickest of the three components of the cytoskeleton o Microfilaments, also called actin filaments, are the thinnest components o Intermediate filaments are fibers with diameters in a middle range  Microtubules are hollow rods constructed from globular protein dimers called tubulin  Functions of microtubules o Shape and support the cell o Guide movement of organelles o Separate chromosomes during cell division o useful to impart cell motility  Microtubules grow from centrosome  In animal cells o centrosome has pair centrioles o each with nine triplets of microtubules in a ring  Flagella undulate to propel sperm cells. o Flagella are limited to one or a few per cell  Cilia go back & forth to propel protozoan o cilia occur in large numbers on cell surfaces  Share a common structure: o microtubules sheathed by membrane o A basal body that anchors the cilium or flagellum o Dynein, the motor protein, drives the bending movements  Microfilaments are thin solid rods, built from molecules of globular actin subunits  The structural role of microfilaments is to bear tension, resisting pulling forces within the cell.  Bundles of microfilaments make up the core of microvilli of intestinal cells.  Microvilli of intestinal cells o increase cell surface o Improves nutrient absorption  Cellular extensions reinforced by microfilaments  Connected to intermediate filaments at base  Muscle Cells - microfilaments that function in cellular motility contain myosin plus actin o actin filaments arranged parallel to one another o Thicker myosin filaments interdigitate with thinner actin fibers o Myosin “walks”, contracting the muscle cell  Pseudopodia o Actin filaments interact with myosin at cell’s trailing end to squeeze interior forward  Cytoplasm streaming o Circular flow of the cytoplasm involves actin-myosin interaction  Intermediate filaments are larger than microfilaments but smaller than microtubules  They support cell shape and fix organelles in place  Intermediate filaments are more permanent cytoskeleton elements than the other two classes  Most cells synthesize and secrete materials that are external to the plasma membrane.  These extracellular materials are involved in many cellular functions.  Extracellular components and connections between cells help coordinate cellular activities  The cell wall is an extracellular structure that distinguishes plant cells from animal cells.  Prokaryotes, fungi, and some protists also have cell walls.  The cell wall protects the plant cell, maintains its shape, and prevents excessive uptake of water.  Plant cell walls are made of cellulose fibers embedded in other polysaccharides and protein. o Cellulose is a major structural component of plant cell walls.  Plant cell walls may have multiple layers: o Primary cell wall: relatively thin & flexible o Middle lamella: thin layer – glue between adjacent cells o Secondary cell wall: Adds more strength  Plasmodesmata - channels that perforate plant cell walls o Passage of water and small solute o Proteins and RNA o Viruses encode special proteins to pass  Animal cells lack cell walls but are covered by an elaborate extracellular matrix (ECM).  The ECM is made up of glycoproteins such as collagen, proteoglycans, and fibronectin.  ECM proteins bind to receptor proteins in the plasma membrane called integrin’s.  Neighboring cells in tissues, organs, or organ systems often adhere, interact, and communicate through direct physical contact  Intercellular junctions facilitate this contact  Types of intercellular junctions o Plasmodesmata (plant cell) o Tight junctions o Desmosomes o Gap junctions  Tight junctions - sites where cells press together, prevent leakage of fluid  Desmosomes - anchoring junctions, fasten cells together into strong sheets  Gap junctions -communicating junctions; provide cytoplasmic channels between adjacent cells Chapter 5  The plasma membrane separates the living cell from its surroundings.  Membranes constituents: lipids, proteins, carbohydrates.  The plasma membrane exhibits selective permeability, allowing some substances to cross it more easily than others.  Phospholipids are the Major Constituents of Membranes o Plasma membrane - 8nm thick  exist as a stable boundary between two aqueous compartments, Selective permeability, controls passage o Phospholipid bilayer  amphipathic molecules. The hydrophobic/hydrophilic interactions between water and phospholipids create a bi- layer of lipid molecules that separates inside from outside.  Membranes are not static sheets of molecules.  Most of the lipids and some proteins in a membrane can shift about laterally.  The lateral movement of phospholipids is rapid; proteins move more slowly.  How quickly molecules move within and across membranes is a function of temperature and the structure of the hydrocarbon tails in the bilayer.  Short chain fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids in phospholipids increase fluidity o Cholesterol reduces membrane fluidity at moderate temperatures, but at low temperatures hinders solidification.  Integral membrane proteins, also amphipathic, often contain - helical regions with hydrophobic R-groups that interact with the fatty acids tails of phospholipids. (transmembrane proteins)  Peripheral proteins are loosely bound to the surface of the membrane, and can attach to phospholipids, fatty acids, other hydrophobic hydrocarbons that insert into the membrane.  Six major functions of membrane proteins o Transport  hydrophilic channels  selective passage  uses ATP energy o Enzymatic  enzymes expose active sites  connected to organize pathways o Signaling  receptors accept message on outside  shape change relays message on inside o Cell Recognition  glycoproteins are ID tags  development & cell recognition  Abs & blood types o Intercellular joining  components of cell junctions  gap junctions  tight junctions  plasmodesmata o Attachment  microfilaments & cytoskeleton  integrin’s attach ECM to cytoskeleton  A cell must regulate transport of substances across cellular boundaries.  Plasma membranes are selectively permeable, regulating the cell’s molecular traffic o Hydrophobic (nonpolar) molecules can dissolve in the lipid bilayer of the membrane and cross it easily. o Polar molecules, such as sugars, do not cross the membrane easily.  How do molecules get in and out of membranes? o Passive transport: passive process depends on concentration gradient, Diffusion and Facilitated Diffusion. o Active transport: process requires energy o Endocytosis/Exocytosis: for bulk transport, and active processes requiring energy  Diffusion is the tendency for molecules to spread out evenly into the available space. (random thermal motion)  Although each molecule moves randomly, diffusion of a population of molecules may be directional -- a net movement of solutes.  At dynamic equilibrium, molecules are still moving randomly, but no net movement.  Osmosis is the diffusion of free water across a selectively permeable membrane.  Water diffuses across a membrane from the region of lower solute concentration to the region of higher solute concentration until the solute concentration is equal on both sides o Osmosis – H 0 2iffuses across selective permeable membrane o H 02– moves from region of lower solute [concentration] to region of higher solute [concentration]  Tonicity is the ability of a surrounding solution to cause a cell to gain or lose water o Isotonic: Solute concentration same as the cell o Hypertonic: a great solute concentration.  Solute concentration higher than cell, water move out of cell o Hypotonic: a lesser solute concentration  Solute concentration less than inside cell, water move into cell o Water Balance of Cells Without Walls  Hypotonic – water goes in, cell swells, cell busts;  Isotonic - no net movement of water;  Hypertonic – water lost, cell shrivels; o Water Balance in Plant Cells with Walls  Hypotonic – water goes in, cell swells, wall opposes uptake; cell is turgid (firm)  Isotonic - no net movement of water; cell becomes flaccid (limp), plant wilts  Hypertonic – water lost, the membrane pulls away from the wall, cell plasmolyzes & dies, plant wilts and dies  In facilitated diffusion, transport proteins speed the passive movement of molecules across the plasma membrane  Facilitated diffusion is passive, solute moves down its concentration gradient without energy consumption  Transport proteins allow passage of hydrophilic substances across the membrane  A transport protein is specific for the substance it moves  Transport proteins: Channel proteins and Carrier Proteins  Channel proteins have hydrophilic channels that allow a specific molecule or ion to cross the membrane.  Channel proteins include o Aquaporin’s, o Ion channels  Carrier proteins undergo a conformational change, which is triggered by binding and release of the transported molecule  No net energy input is required  How do molecules get in and out of membranes? o Passive transport: passive process depends on concentration gradient, Diffusion and Facilitated Diffusion. o Active transport: process requires energy o Endocytosis/Exocytosis: for bulk transport, and active processes requiring energy  Facilitated diffusion speeds transport of a solute by providing efficient passage through the membrane but does not alter the direction of transport  Some transport proteins, however, can move solutes against their concentration gradients  Active transport moves substances against their concentration gradients  Active transport requires energy, usually in the form of ATP  Active transport allows cells to maintain concentration gradients that differ from their surroundings  The sodium-potassium pump is one type of active transport system  Electrogenic pump o transport protein that generates voltage across a membrane – e.g. Na/K pump in animal cells  Proton pump o electrogenic pump of plants, fungi, & bacteria  ATP drives H+ ions across membrane  generates voltage useful for cell work  Two combined forces, collectively called the electrochemical gradient, drive the diffusion of ions across a membrane. (acts like battery) o A chemical force (the ion’s concentration gradient) o An electrical force (the effect of the membrane potential on the ion’s movement)  Cotransport is coupled transport by a membrane protein o occurs when active transport of a solute indirectly drives transport of other solutes  For example, plant cells use the gradient of hydrogen ions generated by proton pumps to drive active transport of nutrients into the cell  Moves sucrose into cells against concentration gradient (leaf to veins)  H+ diffuses back to give energy to drive sucrose transporter  How do molecules get in and out of membranes? o Passive transport: passive process depends on concentration gradient, Diffusion and Facilitated Diffusion. o Active transport: process requires energy o Endocytosis/Exocytosis: for bulk transport, active processes requiring energy  Small solutes and water enter or leave the cell through the lipid bilayer or by means of transport proteins (passive or active transport).  Large molecules, such as polysaccharides and proteins, cross the membrane in bulk by means of vesicles.  Bulk transport requires energy.  Bulk transport across the plasma membrane occurs by exocytosis and endocytosis.  Exocytosis o Transport vesicles migrate, fuse and release contents o Secretory cells  Insulin  Neurotransmitters  Cellulose  Endocytosis o In endocytosis, the cell takes in molecules and particulate matter by forming new vesicles from the plasma membrane o Endocytosis is a reversal of exocytosis, involving different proteins o There are three types of endocytosis  Phagocytosis (“cellular eating”)  Particle engulfed into a vacuole  vacuole fuses with lysosome to digest  Pinocytosis (“cellular drinking”)  molecules are taken up when extracellular fluid is “gulped” into tiny vesicles  Receptor-mediated endocytosis  Recognition leads to specific binding of ligands to receptors  triggers vesicle formation and uptake  Cholesterol uptake  In multicellular organisms, cell-to-cell communication allows the cells of the body to coordinate their activities.  Communication between cells is also essential for many unicellular organisms  Cells respond to a variety of physical (e.g. touch, odor, light) and chemical (e.g. hormones) signals.  The plasma membrane plays a key role in most cell signal  two categories: Local and Long-Distance Signaling o In long-distance signaling, plants and animals use chemicals called hormones. o In hormonal signaling in animals (called endocrine signaling), specialized cells release hormone molecules that travel via the circulatory system. o Hormones vary widely in size and shape.


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