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Cells are Us A person contains about 100 trillion cells. That’s 100,000,000,000,000 or 1 x 10 14 cells. There are about 200 different cell types in mammals.

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1 Cells are Us A person contains about 100 trillion cells. That’s 100,000,000,000,000 or 1 x cells. There are about 200 different cell types in mammals (one of us). Cells are teeny, tiny, measuring on average about cm (20 um) across. That’s about 1250 cells, “shoulder-to-shoulder” per inch. nerve cell

2 The key to every biological problem must finally be sought in the cell, for every living organism is, or at some time has been, a cell. E.B. Wilson, 1925 Why Study Cell Biology?

3 The Cell Theory All organisms are composed of one or more cells. Cells are the smallest living things. All organisms living today are descendents of an ancestral cell. Cells arise only by division of previously existing cells. The Cell Theory (proposed independently in 1838 and 1839) is a cornerstone of biology.

4 A Sense of Scale and Abundance – Bacteria on the Head of a Pin

5 Two Fundamentally Different Types of Cells A prokaryotic cell A eukaryotic cell

6 Them vs. Us –Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes

7 An idealized animal cell.

8 A rat liver cell (with color enhancement to show organelles).

9 The Cytosol is Crowded The cytosol is the region of a cell that’s not in the nucleus or within an organelle.

10 Animal and Plant Cells Have More Similarities Than Differences

11 What Do Those Parts Do? We’ll start by seeing what role these parts play in making and moving proteins.

12 The Path of Protein Synthesis and Export

13 The Nucleus Think of the nucleus as the cell’s control center. Two meters of human DNA fits into a nucleus that’s meters across.

14 Ribosomes and the Endoplasmic Reticulum

15 The Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum Protein movement (trafficking) Protein synthesis (about half the cell’s proteins are made here). Protein “proofreading”

16 The Golgi Apparatus Think of the Golgi apparatus as a busy airport receiving passengers (proteins) and sending them to their destinations. Proteins moved through the Golgi apparatus can travel to the lysosome, the plasma membrane, or outside the cell. Note how protein cargo moves in vesicles.

17 Off the Path of Protein Production: Lysosomes, Mitochondria, Chloroplasts and the Cytoskeleton

18 The Lysosome Cell suicide (suicide is bad for cells, but good for us!) Many diseases (e.g. Tay- Sachs) are caused by lysosome malfunction Recycling cellular components Functions: Digesting food or cellular invaders The lysosome is not found in plant cells.

19 The Lysosome This bacterium about to be eaten by an immune system cell will spend the last minutes of its existence within a lysosome.

20 The Mitochondrion Think of the mitochondrion as the powerhouse of the cell. Both plant and animal cells contain many mitochondria. (Mitochondria is the plural of mitochondrion)

21 The Mitochondrion A class of diseases that causes muscle weakness and neurological disorders are caused by malfunctioning mitochondria. Worn out mitochondria may be an important factor in aging.

22 Animal vs. Plant Cells – Chloroplasts Are a Big Part of the Difference

23 The Chloroplast Think of the chloroplast as the solar panel of the plant cell. Only plants have chloroplasts, but animals reap the benefits too.

24 An animal cell cytoskeleton The name is misleading. The cytoskeleton is the skeleton of the cell, but it’s also like the muscular system, able to change the shape of cells in a flash. The Cytoskeleton

25 A Cytoskeleton Gallery

26 Cytoskeleton (red); ribsomes (green); membrane (blue) The Cytoskeleton Can Be Very Dense

27 A macrophage using the cytoskeleton to “reach out” for a hapless bacterium. The Cytoskeleton in Action

28 Membrane ruffles on a crawling cell.

29 The Cytoskeleton in Action Cilia on a protozoan. Beating sperm tail at fertilization.

30 Functions of Cell Parts Centrioles: Help in cell Division Nucleus: The Control Center of the cell. Endoplasmic Reticulum: A system of canals which Transports substances to the inside of the cell. It is also a chemical Assembly Line. Cell Membrane: Controls what enters and leaves the cell. It contains the cell contents and protects the cell.

31 Functions of Cell Parts Cytoplasm: The watery fluid which Dissolves the materials which enter the cell. Lysosomes: Dissolves warn out of unneeded cells and cell parts. Digests the materials and bacteria in food vacuoles. Golgi Apparatus: Packages proteins for storage and secretion from the cell.

32 Functions of Cell Parts Mitochondria: The Powerhouse of the cell. They Burn food to obtain energy for cell activities. Chromatin: Directs cell activities and passes on hereditary traits of the cell. Nucleolus: Makes Ribosomes and stores messages from the chromatin for future use.

33 Functions of Cell Parts Nuclear Membrane: Separates the nucleus from the cytoplasm. Controls what enters and leaves the nucleus. Ribosomes: Makes Proteins in the cell Protein factories. Vacuoles: Stores food, water and wastes.



36 Levels of Cellular Organization Cells: The basic unit of all living things. Tissues: Groups of cells working together. Organs: Groups of tissues working together. Organ Systems: Groups of organs working together. Organisms: groups of organ systems working together.

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