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2 How do cells maintain balance? Cells need to maintain a balance by controlling material that move in & out of the cell HOMEOSTASIS

3 Small molecules like water, oxygen, and carbon dioxide can move in and out of the cell freely. Large molecules like proteins and carbohydrates cannot. Eliminating wastes


5 All cells are surrounded by a plasma membrane. Functions like a GATE, controlling what ENTERS and LEAVES the cell. The cell membrane is semipermeable or selectively permeable.

6 A semipermeable membrane only allows certain molecules to pass through Some substances easily cross the membrane, while others cannot cross at all.

7 Made of a thin layer of lipids and proteins Made mostly of phospholipid molecules (Phosphate + Lipid). Phospholipids are a kind of lipid that consists of 2 FATTY ACIDS (tails), and PHOSPHATE GROUP (heads).

8 Cell membranes consist of TWO phospholipid layers called a LIPID BILAYER.

9 Cytoplasm Phosphate Head Lipid Tail Phosphate Head

10 Water molecules surround both sides of the cell membrane. phosphate heads sticking TOWARD the water and lipid tails pointing AWAY from the water.

11 The cell membrane is constantly being formed and broken down in living cells. Cytoplasm

12 A variety of proteins are embedded in the lipid bilayer. They help to MOVE material INTO and OUT of the cell.

13 Cholesterol (a carbohydrate) is also found in the membrane to provide structure and shape.


15 All particles move and have kinetic energy (energy of motion). Movement is random and usually in a water solution. Cells are mostly made of water and there is a constant flow of ions and particles.

16 1. Passive transport = movement of molecules across the membrane by using the molecules kinetic energy. The cell exerts NO energy! 2. Active transport = transport of materials against the concentration gradient and requires cellular energy.

17 3 types of passive transport: 1. Diffusion = the net movement of particles from an area of HIGHER concentration of particles to an area of LOWER concentration of particles.

18 Molecules move randomly until they are equally distributed. Diffusion continues until the concentration of substances is uniform throughout.


20 Dynamic equilibrium = continual movement but no overall change in concentration; Movement of materials into and out of the cell at equal rates maintains its dynamic equilibrium with its environment.

21 Diffusion depends on the concentration gradient. Concentration gradient is the difference between the concentration of a particular molecule in one area and the concentration in an adjacent area. Ex: gas exchange in the lungs (oxygen from air to blood and carbon dioxide from blood to air)


23 2. Facilitated Diffusion = type of passive transport that increases the rate of diffusion with the use of carrier proteins. Ex: Facilitated diffusion of glucose


25 3. Osmosis = the diffusion of water molecules from an area of HIGH water concentration to an area of LOW water concentration. Occurs in response to the concentration of solutes dissolved in water!

26 Solutes are dissolved substances in a solution. Cytoplasm is mostly water containing many dissolved solutes.

27 Because no TWO molecules can occupy the same space at the same time, the MORE solutes there are in a certain volume of water; the FEWER water molecules there can be in the same volume.

28 Plant and animal cells behave differently b/c plant cells have a large water vacuole and a cell wall.

29 Ex: Osmosis occurring in a slug (animal) cell

30 A. Isotonic solution = a solution in which the concentration of dissolved substances (solutes) is the SAME as the concentration of solutes inside the cell. Osmosis DOES NOT occur since a concentration gradient is not established!

31 Plant cell –becomes flaccid (limp) plant wilts b/c no net tendency for water to enter Animal cell- normal

32 Animal CellPlant Cell

33 B. Hypotonic solution = a solution in which the concentration of solutes is LOWER than the concentration of solutes inside the cell.

34 Animal cell- water will move thru plasma membrane into the cell. This causes the cell to swell and the internal pressure increases. Cell lyses (bursts)!

35 Plant cell- normal the vacuole and cytoplasm increase in volume. the cell membrane is pushed harder against the cell wall causing it to stretch a little. the plant tissue becomes stiffer (turgid).

36 Animal CellPlant Cell

37 C. Hypertonic solution = a solution in which the concentration of dissolved substances is HIGHER than the concentration inside the cell.

38 Animal cell - will shrivel because of decreased turgor pressure

39 Plant cell - will lose water from vacuole and a decrease in turgor pressure will occur; so it is plasmolyzed. Turgor pressure = internal pressure of a cell due to water held there by osmotic pressure Plasmolysis = the loss of turgor pressure causing the plasma membrane to pull away from the cell wall causes the plant to wilt

40 Animal CellPlant Cell


42 Movement of molecules from an area of LOW to an area of HIGH concentration. (opposite of passive transport!) REQUIRES cellular energy! Moves large, complex molecules such as proteins across the cell membrane

43 Large molecules, food, or fluid droplets are packaged in membrane-bound sacs called vesicles

44 1. Endocytosis = process by which a cell surrounds and takes in material from its environment Used by ameba to feed & white blood cells to kill bacteria


46 2. Exocytosis = expels materials out of the cell, reverse of endocytosis used to remove wastes, mucus, & cell products Proteins made by ribosomes in a cell are packaged into transport vesicles by the Golgi Apparatus Transport vesicles fuse with the cell membrane and then the proteins are secreted out of the cell (ex: insulin)



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