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Comprehensive Bio 1023

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Date Created: 12/04/15
Plants and Humans Exam 1 Chapter 1: An Introduction to Biology ● Characteristics of living organisms: o Composed of cells o Metabolism o Respond to stimuli o Growth and development o Reproduction o Ability to evolve ● Hierarchy: o Atom: smallest “functional” unit of all chemical substances o Molecule: two or more atoms connected by chemical bonds o Organelle: membrane-bound sub-cellular structure with own unique function o Cell: simplest unit of organism o Tissue: association of many cells of the same type o Organ: two or more types of tissue combined to perform a common function o Organism: living thing that maintains an internal order and is separate from the environment o Species: group related organisms sharing distinct form o Population: group of individuals of same species that occupy same environment o Community: assemblage of population of different species living in same place/time o Ecosystem: biotic community of populations and the abiotic environment affecting that community o Biosphere: all regions of the Earth, and in the atmosphere, where organisms exist ● Scientific method: o Steps: ▪ Observation ▪ Identification ▪ Experimental investigation ▪ Theoretical explanation o Hypothesis: proposed explanation for natural phenomenon based on observations or experimental studies; must make predictions that can be supported or rejected o Theory: broad explanation of some aspect of the natural world; can never be proved true Chapter 2: Energy and Metabolism ● Energy: ability to promote, change, or do work o Kinetic: associated with movement – football player running o Potential: energy due to structure or location of substance – arrow in the quiver of a bow o Thermodynamics: ▪ Energy cannot be created or destroyed ▪ Transfer or transformation of energy from one form to another increases entropy ● Metabolism: process whereby chemical energy found in food is converted to useful biological energy; all chemical reactions within a cell that allows an organism to maintain structures and grow and most importantly respond to the environment ● Anabolism: chemical reactions responsible for “building” large macromolecules from smaller subunits o “Biosynthesis” requires input of energy ● Catabolism: the breakdown of larger molecules into subunits releasing chemical bond energy o Used for recycling subunits o Used to obtain energy for endergonic reactions o Energy stored in energy intermediates ● Oxidation: removal of electrons ● Reduction: addition of electrons ● ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) o Primary energy carrying molecule in the cell o Bond between 2 terminal PO ar4 high energy bonds o If PO4is removed, energy is released and can be “captured” by the cell to do work Chapter 3: Organic Molecules I ● Dehydration reaction: synthesis reaction that links subunits (monomers) together to form larger molecules (polymers); results in loss of water molecule ● Hydrolysis (water-breaking): polymers broken down into monomers; uses a molecule of water ● Carbohydrates: composed of hydrogen and oxygen atoms; most carbon atoms are linked to a hydrogen atom and a hydroxyl group o Ex: monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides ● Proteins: polymers composed of amino acid monomers; 20 amino acids with common structure; side-chain determines structure and function; amino acids joined by peptide bonds; joined by dehydration reaction; broken apart by hydrolysis o Stuctures: ▪ Primary: linear sequence; genetically determined ▪ Secondary: folding or pleating of primary structure; helices and sheets; key determinants of a protein’s characteristics; shape is specific and important to function ▪ Tertiary: bending and folding of secondary structure gives complex 3D shape; interactions among side chains; final level of structure for single polypeptide chain ▪ Quaternary: made up of 2 or more polypeptides ● Enzymes: speeds up rate of chemical reactions; special class of protein catalyst Chapter 4: Organic Molecules II ● Lipids: fats and fat-like substances; composed predominantly of hydrogen and carbon; water-repellent properties and inability to dissolve in water (hydrophobic) o Triglycerides (fats): fats formed by bonding glycerol to three fatty acids; important for storing energy ▪ Unsaturated: 1 or more C atoms form double bonds; plant oils; usually liquid at room temp ▪ Saturated: every C chain bonded to 2 or more H atoms; usually solid at room temp; animal fats o Phospholipids: glycerol bonded to 2 fatty acids and a phosphate group ▪ Phosphate region: polar; hydrophilic head ▪ Fatty acid chains: nonpolar; hydrophilic tail o Waxes: comprise outermost layer of leaves, stems; control evaporation, ability to get wet, and hydration; harder and more water-resistant than fats ● Nucleic acids: large molecules made up of nucleotide subunits; responsible for storage, expression, and transmission of genetic information ● Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA): store genetic information ● Ribonucleic acid (RNA): decodes this information into instructions for a polypeptide chain ● Cytosine → Guanine ● Adenine → Thymine (Uracil for RNA) Chapter 5: General Features of Plant Cells ● 3 tenets of cell theory: o All living things ae composed of one or more cells o Cell is the most basic unit of life o All cells arise from pre-existing, living cells by biogenesis ● Robert Hooke: noted that plant tissue was organized into compartments; coined “cell” after room monks live in ● Matthew Schleiden: proposed cells are living and plants are composed of aggregates of cells ● Theodore Schwann: animal tissues; proposed animals are made of cells ● Rudolph Virchow: proposed that every cell originates from another cell ● Prokaryotic (before + nucleus): simple cell structure; lack a membrane bound nucleus; genetic material located in nucleoid; first cell type to evolve o Ex: bacteria – abundant, not harmful; archaea – less common, found in extreme environments ● Eukaryotic (true – nucleus): exhibit compartmentalization; DNA inside nucleus; organelles; shape, size, and organization of cells vary considerably among different species and even among different cells types of same species o Ex: protists, fungi, plants, animals ● Plant cells o Cell wall: rigid, porous structure o Central vacuole: storage of water, enzymes, inorganic ions, protein, pigments; maintenance of turgor pressure o Cytosol/cytoplasm: region outside the organelles but inside cell membrane; aqueous environment; cytoplasm is all contents inside cell membrane o Nucleus: storage and processing of genetic information; cell’s genetic material o Endoplasmic reticulum: ▪ Rough ER: initial synthesis and sorting of proteins; insertion of newly synthesized proteins into membrane ▪ Smooth ER: detoxification of harmful molecules; synthesis and modification of lipids o Golgi apparatus: secretion; processing; protein sorting o Semiautonomous organelles ▪ Mitochondrion: double membrane; inner membrane highly folded; ATP production; contains own DNA ▪ Chloroplast: capture light energy and use some to synthesize organic molecules; contain own DNA ● Diffusion: o Passive: diffusion of solute through membrane without transport protein; no input of energy; high concentration to low concentration o Facilitated: diffusion of solute through membrane with aid of transportation protein; transport protein provide passageway for movement of some but not all substances across cell ● Osmosis: movement of water across membranes to balance solute concentrations o If solutes cannot move, water movement can make the cell shrink or swell as water leaves or enters the cell Important vocab ● Biochemistry: involves understanding of live and the chemical processes that govern it; organic molecules contain carbon and are building blocks of all living things; organic compounds, enzymes, nucleic acids ● Control group: controlled; not focused on during experiment ● Disaccharide: carbohydrates composed of two monosaccharides; joined by dehydration or condensation reaction; broken apart by hydrolysis ● Exoskeleton: structural role in polysaccharides as chitin ● Macromolecule: large, complex organic molecules; carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids ● Monosaccharide: simple sugars; most common are 5 (pentose) or 6 (hexose) carbons; ring or linear structures ● Polysaccharide: carbohydrates composed of many monosaccharides linked together (polymers); energy stored as starch for plants and moderately branched; stored in liver and muscle cells as glycogen for animals and highly branched ● Ribosome: protein synthesis


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