Tight junctions: impermeable junction that encircles the cell and prevent molecules from passing through the intercellular space. (between epithelial cells lining the digestive tract).
Desmosomes: Anchoring junctions bind adjacent cells together and help form an internal tension reducing network of fibers. (abundant in tissues subjected to great mechanical stress, such as skin and heart muscle)
Gap Junctions: communicating junctions allow ions and small molecules to pass from one cell to the next for intercellular communication. (present in electrically excitable tissues, such as the hear and smooth muscle, where ion passage from cell to cell helps synchronize their activity)
What is simple diffusion?
The tendency of molecules or ions to move from an area where they are in higher concentration to an area where they are in lower concentration.
Non-polar and lipid soluble substances diffuse directly though the lipid bilayer
What is facilitated diffusion?
A type of passive transport process
1. binds to protein carriers in the membrane and is ferried across, or
2. moves through water filled protein channels.
The rate of diffusion is controllable
What is an aquaporin?
A water-specific channel constructed by transmembrane proteins that water is able to move freely and reversibly though
What is osmolarity?
The total concentration of all solute particles in a solution
What is hydrostatic pressure?
the back pressure exerted by water against the membrane.
What is osmotic pressure?
The tendency of water to move into the cell by osmosis
The ability of a solution to change the shape or tone of cell by altering their internal water volume
Cells immersed in hypertonic solutions lose water and shrink; or crenate
Cells placed in a hypotonic solution plump up rapidly as water rushes into them
Primary Active transport versus secondary active transport
Primary active transport: the energy to do work comes directly from hydrolysis of ATP
Secondary active transport: transport is driven indirectly by energy stored in ionic gradients created by operation of primary active transport pumps. All are coupled systems.
What is a symport system?
in active transport when the two transported substances are moved in the same direction.
What is the effects of the sodium potassium pump?
Ejects 3 sodium ions out of the cell
Carries 2 potassium ions into the cell
Signaling chemicals that bind specifically to plasma membrane receptors
shelflike inner membrane folds of the mitochondria
What is the process of G Proteins?
1. Ligand (1st messenger) binds to the receptor
2. The activated receptor binds to a G protein and activates it.
3. Activated G protein activates (or inactivates) effector protein by causing its shape to change
4. Activated effector enzymes catalyze reactions that produce 2nd messengers in the cell
5. Second messengers activate other enzymes or ion channels.
6. Kinase enzymes transfer phosphate groups from ATP to specific proteins and activate a series of other enzymes that trigger various cell responses.
Contain their own DNA, RNA, and ribosomes and are able to reproduce themselves.
When cellular requirements for ATP increase, the mitochondria synthesize more cristae or simply pinch themselves in half (fission) to increase their number and then grow to normal size.
What is the difference between free and membrane bound ribosomes?
Free ribosomes: make soluble proteins that function in the cytosol
Membrane bound ribosomes: synthesize proteins destined either for incorporation into cell membranes or for export from the cell
What are the functions of the Smooth E.R.?
Lipid metabolism, cholesterol synthesis
synthesis of steroid based hormones
absorption, synthesis and transport of fats
detoxification of drugs
breakdown of stored glycogen to form free glucose
What is the function of the golgi apparatus?
the principal "traffic director" for cellular protein.
Major function is to modify, concentrate, and package the proteins and lipids made at the rough E.R.
Most important function is to neutralize dangerous free radicals.
Numerous in kidney and liver cells
small region of cytoplasm near the nucleus in the cell where most microtubules radiate from.
Centrosome is a region; centromere is the organelle
act as internal guy wires to resist pulling forces exerted on the cell