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BIO Chapter 4

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BIO Chapter 4 BIO 101

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Biology in Your World
Kyoungtae Kim
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Date Created: 09/17/16
Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important Chapter 4: The Cell  Cell’s as Life’s Fundamental Unit  Every form of life is either a single celled organism or composed of many cells  One possible exception to this are viruses, but they also must use the machinery of cells to reproduce  Every cell comes from a cell  Cells can’t be made in labs  Nature fashioned cells from simple molecules only once back when life on Earth got started  This means that each cell in our bodies is a link in a cellular chain that stretches back more than 3.5 billion years  Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells  There is no “typical” cell because of all the varieties that exist  There are certain categories of cells that are important: prokaryotic and eukaryotic  Every cell that exists is one or the other  All prokaryotic cells are either bacteria or another microscopic form of life called archaea  All other cells are eukaryotic  Eukaryotic cells: cells whose primary complement of DNA is closed within a nucleus  Prokaryotic cells: are cells whose DNA is not enclosed within a nucleus  Nucleus: a membrane lined compartment that has DNA for a Eukaryotic cell  Differences between Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells  Eukaryotic cells have a nucleus and prokaryotic cells do not  Eukaryotic cells are multicellular and prokaryotic cells are unicellular  Eukaryotic cells are more compartmentalized  They have organelles; highly organized structures inside a cell that have specialized function  Think “tiny organs”  Mitochondria transform energy from food  Lysosomes recycle new materials from cells  In prokaryotic cells, there is a single type of organelle that produces proteins  There is more diversity of eukaryotic cells  Prokaryotic cells differ from one another in the way they get their food  Prokaryotic cells can inhabit their environment in great numbers Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important  The Eukaryotic Cells  There are five parts of eukaryotic:  The cell’s nucleus  Organelles outside the nucleus  Cytosol: protein rich, jelly-like fluid where the cells organelles are immersed  Cytoskeleton: internal structure made of three protein fibers  Like tent poles or monorails  Plasma membrane: outer lining of the cell  Cytoplasm: the region of the cell inside the plasma membrane but outside the nucleus  Cytoplasm is different than cytosol  If you tripped cytoplasm of organelles and the cytoskeleton, cytosol is left (is mostly water)  Cytosol is not an organized structure in the way organelles are  The Animal Cell  You can look at eukaryotic cells as animal cells and plant cells  These cells are very similar but different enough  The animal cell is spherical  Animal Cell’s Protein Protection  Proteins are critical molecules in living things  DNA has the info for putting protein together starting with building blocks called amino acids  DNA is in a nucleus bound by a membrane  Nuclear envelope: the double membrane that lines the nucleus in eukaryotic cells  Cells reach a point where they divide  Cells have to have function (information) so when cells divide the DNA doubles  The nucleus is the side where DNA exists and where it is put together, or synthesized, for doubling  Messenger RNA  The info in the length of the DNA has to be transported from the nucleus to the cytoplasm  How it happens:  DNA’s instructions are copied onto a second long chain molecule called NA  The RNA transported the DNA info out of the nucleus to the site of protein synthesis  RNA comes in several forms but in trans of DNA instruction copying, it’s called messenger RNA (mRNA) Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important  mRNA gets from the nucleus to the cytoplasm via nuclear pores  Ribosomes  The destination for the mRNA are the ribosomes  Ribosome: an organelle that serves as the site of protein synthesis in the cell  A ribosome is the “machine” that carries out the instructions in the mRNA  mRNA chains run through a ribosome sequence in the mRNA and start putting amino acids in the order specified from the mRNA  the end result is a chain of amino acids that will eventually fold into a protein  The rough endoplasmic reticulum  Rough endoplasmic reticulum (rough ER or RER): a network of membranes that aid in the processing of proteins in eukaryotic cells  It’s rough because it’s studded with ribosomes  It’s endoplasmic because it lies within the cytoplasm  It’s reticulum because it’s a network, which is what reticulum means in Latin  the ribosomes, with its RNA and amino acids (polypeptide) chain, attaches itself to the outside of the rough ER  the polypeptide chain that is released from the ribosome is essentially an unfinished protein that needs to go through more steps before leaving the cell  Several Locations for the Ribosomes  Only some ribosomes end up going to the rough ER even though all mRNA go to ribosomes  Some ribosomes remain “free”, or free standing in the cytosol  Free ribosomes produce protein that is used in the cells cytoplasm or nucleus  Rough ER ribosomes produce proteins that will stay in the cell membranes or exported from the cell (secretory protein)  A pause for the Nucleolus  Ribosomes are mostly made of RNA (a mixture of proteins and ribonucleic acid)  Because the cell has huge need for ribosomes, there’s a special section in the nucleus for the synthesis of RNA the nucleolus  Nucleolus: the area within the nucleus of a cell devoted to the production of ribosomal RNA, RNA that is a part of the ribosomes  Ribosomes start in the nucleus, leave unfinished through the pores, and are finished in the cytoplasm and start receiving RNA Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important  Ribosomes are the one variety of cellular organelle not lined by a membrane  They are the one variety of cellular organelle not lined by a membrane  They are also the one variety of organelle that prokaryotic cells have  Traffic in ribosomes is fast, lots of them wear out all the time  A thousand need to be replaced every minute  Transport Vesicles  Proteins processed in the rough ER need to leave it and go to a different destination before being exported  Proteins are transported through the cell by transport vesicles  Transport vesicles: membrane lined spheres that move within the endomembrane system carrying proteins and other molecules  Endomembrane vesicles: an interactive group of membrane-lined organelles and transport vesicles within eukaryotic cells  The Golgi Complex  Once a transport vesicle leaves a golgi complex, it goes and fuses with the membrane of the Golgi complex  Golgi complex: a network of membrane that processes and distributes proteins that come to it from the rough ER  The Golgi complex “sorts and ships” proteins  Proteins arrive at the GC and fuse to the side of it that’s closest to the RER  Then the proteins leave in the final transport vesicle  Secretory proteins (proteins that leave the cell) travel in the vesicle to the cell membrane and the protein is ejected out of the cell  Cell structure outside the protein production path  Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum (SMR)  Smooth ER is the 2 nd type of reticulum  SMR: the part of the endoplasmic reticulum membrane farthest from the nucleus that has no ribosomes  Network of membranes that is the site of the synthesis of various lipids and potentially harmful substances are detoxified  SMR tasks vary according to cell type  lipids are put together and stored in the smooth ER of liver and fat cells  steroid lipids (testosterone and estrogen) are put together in the SMR of the ovaries and testes  detoxification of harmful substances takes place largely in the SMR of liver cells Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important  Lysosome and Cellular Recycling  Lysosome: an organelle found in animal cells that digest worn-out cellular materials and foreign materials that enter the cell  Take in large molecules break them down and then return them to cytosol  What they cannot return, the keep inside them or expel them outside the all  They don’t only do this to molecule from the outside but from the inside as well (worn out organelle parts)  A lysosome may be filled w/ up to 40 different enzymes that can break down larger molecules  Molecules that are broken down are released to the cytosol for reuse elsewhere  The pace of this recycling depends on an organism’s nutritional state  Mitochondria  The processes discussed come with price, spending energy  The fuel for this energy is in the cells food but the energy needs to be extracted and transferred to a molecule called ATP  This takes place in mitochondria  Mitochondria: primary energy conversion sites in eukaryotic cells  Most of the heat within our bodies is generated in mitochondria  Almost all the food we eat is ultimately consumed by them  The cytoskeleton  Cytoskeleton: a work of protein filaments that functions in cold structure movement and the transport of materials within a cell  This network is found in its full form only in eukaryotic cells  Some of its fibers are permanent and don’t move and some do, and some assemble and disassemble  The cytoskeleton is developed is developed into 3 parts (from smallest to largest):  microfilament  intermediate filaments  microtubules  Microfilaments: are made of protein actin and serve as support in almost all eukaryotic cells  Help cells move to capture prey by growing rapidly at one end towards the prey and decomposing at the other  Intermediate filaments  Intermediate in diameter between microfilaments and microtubules Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important  Most permanent of cytoskeletal elements  Stabilize positions of the nucleus and other organelles within the cell  Microtubules  Largest of the cytoskeletons filaments and take form of tubes formed from protein  Important structural role in terms of giving the cell its shape  Vesicles move from one organelle to the other via tubules  Cilia and Flagella  Microtubules form structure for two cell extensions: cilia and flagella  Cilia: microtubule extension of cells that take form a large number of atoms, hair like growth  Cilia move back and forth rapidly (30 or 40 times/second) to propel a cell or move stuff around the cell  Cilia are common among unicellular organisms (sponges, jellyfish)  Cilia are in our lungs; they sweep out foreign things that have been inhaled  Cilia beat all at once in the same direction  Flagella: long tail-like extension of cells that function in cell movement  The Plant Cell  Plant cells don’t have lysosomes  Plant cells have things animal cells don’t:  A thick cell wall  Chloroplasts  A large central vacuole  The central vacuole  The central vacuole is the big jelly the middle  Vacuoles can take up 90% of a plant cell’s volume  Animals have vacuoles but plant vacuoles are different  Plant vacuoles are mostly composed of water  The vacuole contains other substances other than water  The larger molecules (solutes) in the central vacuole spurs the movement of water into it called osmosis  The CV expands pushing against cytosol giving the plant healthy internal pressure Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important  Central vacuole: a large watery plant organelle that maintains cell pressure, stores nutrients and controls retention and degradation of waste  The Cell Wall – plant cell’s outer protective lining  the cell membrane is thin in comparison  almost always present in plant cells  exist in protists  animal cells never have cell walls  cell walls provide structural strength, limit water absorption, protect plants from harmful outside influence  cell walls make an organism rigid, inflexible that’s why animal cells don’t have them; they need to move freely  cell walls are formed from cellulose  provide good metabolic activity  Chloroplasts  Plants make their own food through photosynthesis, which takes place in chloroplast  Chloroplasts: organelle sites of photosynthesis in plant and algae cells  No other organisms have chloroplasts  They are abundant in the leaves of plants  Cell to cell communication  Cells are not single entities  Most plant and animal cells are linked together making tissues  Plant cells communicate through channels in cell wall called plasmodesmata  Animal cells communicate through gap junctions  Gap junctions: protein structures that shoot through the plasma membrane of a cell from one side to the other  Results in a channel for passage of small molecules and electrical signals  The difference in plant and animal cell communication:  Plasmodesmata are permanent channels  Gap junctions only open when necessary Key: Light Blue = main idea Purple = important parts of the main idea Green = examples Orange = key terms Pink = the definition of the key term Red = especially important


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