Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chapter 9: Cell - The Unit of life

Chapter 9: Cell - The Unit of life

PictureThe Animal Cell
All organisms are made of cells or aggregates of cells.  Cells vary in their shape, size and functions.  Based on the presence or absence of a membrane bound nucleus and other organelles, cells can be named as Prokaryotic or Eukaryotic.

Cell is the fundamental structural and functional unit of all living organisms.

Anton Von Leeuwenhoek first observed and described a liver cell.

Robert Brown later discovered the nucleus.

Cell theory – Schleiden and Schwann ( later Virchow)

All living organism are made of cells and their products.

All cells arise from pre – existing cells.

Prokaryotic cell  : Bacteria, Blue-green algae, Mycoplasma, PPLP (Pleuro Pneumonia Like Organisms.

·         Glycocalyx, cell wall, plasma membrane

·         Based on staining property gram + and gram –ve bacteria.

·         Mesosome, chromatophores (extension of plasma membrane)

·         Motile, non motile,

·         Flagellum- three parts are – filament. Hook, and basal body

·         Pili, fimbriae – surface structure do not play a role in motility but helps in attachment

·         Ribosomes and inclusion bodies.

·         Ribosomes. 15-20 nm, 2 sub – units 50S and 30S-together form 70S. – help in Protein synthesis – polysomes / polyribosomes on m RNA

·         Inclusion bodies. Reserve materials: Phosphate granules, Cyanophycean , Glycogen granules, Gas vacuoles.

Eukaryotic cell :

·         Protists, Fungi, Plant cell and animal cell

·         Cell membrane – fluid mosaic model by Singer & Nicholson (1972) - bilipid layer of phospholipids

with two types of membrane proteins called peripheral protein and integral proteins with cholestral, glycolipids and glycoproteins.

Cell wall : It gives shape, mechanical support, cell-to-cell interaction – made of cellulose, hemicelluloses, pectins (in plants) and cellulose, galactans, mannans, calcium carbonate (in algae).

·         Primary cell wall – in young plant cell, capable of growing till cell matures

·         Secondary cell wall – formed on the inner side of the cell.

·         Middle lamellae – calcium pectate

·         The cell wall middle lamellae may be traversed by plasmodesmata which connect the cytoplasm of neighbouring cells.

Endoplasmic reticulum :

·         SER – no ribosomes on its surface, appears smooth (helps in lipid synthesis/ steroids)

·         RER – ribosomes are present on its surface, appears rough surface (helps in protein synthesis) 

Golgi apparatus – first observed by Camillo Golgi  - packaging unit - makes glycoprotein and glycolipids.

Lysosomes – contain enzyme, hydrolases – help intra cellular digestion.

Vacuoles :  tonoplast is vacuole membrane - contractile vacuole (for excretion) – food vacuole (engulfing).

Mitochondria – power house of the cell –  sites of aerobic respiration, produce energy capsules ATP – double membrane structure, inner compartment is known as Matrix – inner membrane forms a number of infoldings called Cristae to increase the surface area – matrix possesses single circular DNA, few RNA and ribosomes (70S).

Plastids – chloroplast, chromoplast and leucoplasts - Leucoplasts  - amyloplasts,  (starch); Elaioplasts (oil/fat); Aleuroplasts  (proteins).

Riboomes (George Palade) - Composed of RNA and proteins - Eukaryotic ribosomes are 80 S

‘S’ stand for the sedimentation coefficient (Svedbergs unit) - Site of protein synthesis.

Cytoskeleton: Network of filaments proteinaceous structures in the cytoplasm - made up of microtubules and micro philaments. Functions:- Mechanical support, motility, maintenance of the shape of the cell.

Cilia and flagella: Core is called axoneme - has 9 pairs of  doublets of microtubules on peripheral and one pair in the centre 9+2 array emerged from centriole like structure called the Basal bodies.

Centrosome and centrioles: Centrosome contains 2 centrioles - Each centriole has a cart wheel like organization with 9 evenly spaced microtubule  - triplets connected to central  hub by radial spokes –produces spindle apparatus dueing cell division

Nucleus  ( Robert brown, 1831) :

  • ·         Chromatin named by Flemming. 

  • ·         Nucleoli – active ribosomal  RNA synthesis

  • ·         Nucleoplasm – nucleolus + chromatin

  • ·         Nuclear membrane – with perinuclear space

  • ·         Chromosome – DNA + histone proteins

  • ·         Centromere –primary constriction – disc is known as kinetochores

  • ·         No nucleus in erythrocytes (RBC) of mammals and sieve tube cells in vascular plants

  • ·         Based on the position of centromere

  • ·         Metacentric, sub-metacentric, acrocentric, telocentric

Microbodies: Minute vesicles containing various enzyme (in plant and animal cell). 

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