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Cell Organelles

Plant CellPlant Cell

Human CellHuman Cell

 

Cell Membrane

  • Cells are enclosed by a thin film like membrane called plasma membrane, cytoplasmic membrane or plasmalemma.
  • Lies immediately outside the cytoplasm.
  • Structure was defined by Singer and Nicholson in “Fluid Mosaic Model”.
  • Selectively Permeable in Nature.

1. Endocytosis :  

  • Taking of substance inside the cell by the plasma membrane.
  • It is of two types :
    • Phagocytosis : Cell Eating.
    • Pinocytosis : Cell drinking.
    • Exocytosis :

       

      Reverse of Endocytosis, i.e., material is removed from the cells including Reverse Pinocytosis.

Cross-Section of Animal CellCross-Section of Animal Cell

2. Cytoplasm

  • It is a part of protoplasm lying between plasma membrane and nucleus, Jelly – like fluid.
  • Participates in the intracellular distribution of nutrients, metabolites and enzymes.

3. Cell Wall

  • Cells of most fungi, prokaryotes (bacteria and blue – green algae) and plants (except gametes) are surrounded by the cell wall. It is absent in animals.
  • In true bacteria and cyanobacteria, cell wall is of peptidoglycan, in some fungi it is of chitin and in most of the algae and higher green plants it is of cellulose.

4. Nucleus

  • Discovered by Robert Brown.
  • Every eukaryotic cell consists of at least one, almost spherical, dense, highly specialized structure called nucleus.
  • Although, sieve tube element of mature phloem and RBCs of mammals don’t have nucleus.
  • Contains nucleoplasm (nuclear sap) which contains chromatin. (Chromatin is composed of DNA mainly)
  • Chromatin organizes itself into thread like structures called Chromosomes.
  • The function of chromosomes is to carry genetic information from one cell generation to another.
  • Nucleolus is also present which helps in the production of ribosomes.
  • Nucleus controls the metabolic activities of the cell by controlling the synthesis of enzymes.

5. Chromosomes

  • Each chromosome is made up of DNA and this DNA by replication gives rise to messenger RNA which carries the genetic information in the form of code.
  • Number is constant for a particular species.
  • Diploid number (2n) of chromosomes are there in somatic cells (all body cells except sperms and ova) and haploid number (n) of chromosomes are there in gametes (sperms and ova).
  • In humans, the diploid number is 46. Of these, 23 are from egg cell and 23 from sperm cell.

6. Mitochondria

  • Powerhouse of the cell or energy converting organelles, as oxidation of ‘fuel’ occurs stepwise in these, resulting in the release of chemical energy.
  • This energy is stored as ATP
  • From mitochondria, ATP molecules are shifted to cytoplasm, which is the chief site of their utilization.
  • They are semi-autonomous organelles. They contain DNA, m – RNA, ribosomes and can synthesize some of their own proteins.

7. Endoplasmic Reticulum

  • Provides an increased surface area for various metabolic activities within the cell.
  • Provides mechanical support to the cytoplasm.
  • 2 types: Rough and smooth.
  • Both Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum and Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum form Passages for transport of secretory proteins, lipids and sterols.

8. Golgi Complex

  • Main function is secretion, (secretion of bile by liver, of synovial fluid by synovial membrane, in the production of enamel of teeth by amenoblast and the formation of fatty yolk in eggs are some of the examples).
  • Also forms lysosomes.
  • Secretions are in the form of granules in cytoplasm (called Zymogen Granules).

9. Lysosomes

  • Also called Suicidal bags.
  • Contain powerful enzymes (acid hydrolases), rupture of lysosome membrane release these enzymes.
  • Digest worn – out or unnecessary parts of the cell, or even whole cells by process called ‘Autophagy’.

10. Ribosomes

  • Found on Endoplasmic Reticulum.
  • Made of RNA and proteins in equal amounts.
  • Sites of protein synthesis .

11. Vacuoles

  • Found in plant cells only.
  • Membrane surrounding the vacuole is tonoplast.
  • Function : Regulation of water, in osmoregulation, in storage and in digestion.

12. Plastids

  • Found in plant cells only.
  • Are of different types :
    • Chloroplast : Green contains the pigment chlorophyll.
    • Leucoplasts : Colorless, occur in large no in cells of fruits, seeds, etc. They store nutrients (e.g., amyloplasts of potato store starch).
    • Chromoplasts : Colored, containing fat soluble yellow, orange and red pigments (chiefly carotinoids). Found in flowers and fruits.

Cross-Section of Plant cellCross-Section of Plant cell

13. Centrosome

  • Found in animal cells and cells of lower plants (e.g., Algae) only.
  • The first indication that the cell is about to divide is generally given by the centrosome.

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1. What is the function of the cell membrane?
Ans. The cell membrane is a protective barrier that surrounds the cell and controls the movement of substances in and out of the cell. It allows essential nutrients and molecules to enter the cell while preventing harmful substances from entering.
2. What are the main components of the cell membrane?
Ans. The cell membrane is composed of a phospholipid bilayer, which consists of two layers of phospholipid molecules. It also contains proteins that help with various functions, such as transport, communication, and cell recognition.
3. How does the cell membrane maintain its fluidity?
Ans. The cell membrane maintains its fluidity due to the presence of phospholipids. Phospholipids have a hydrophilic (water-loving) head and a hydrophobic (water-repelling) tail. This arrangement allows the phospholipids to form a flexible barrier that can move and change shape as needed.
4. How does the cell membrane regulate the movement of substances?
Ans. The cell membrane regulates the movement of substances through various mechanisms. It uses protein channels and transporters to facilitate the movement of specific molecules across the membrane. It also employs active transport, which requires energy, to move molecules against their concentration gradient.
5. Can the cell membrane repair itself?
Ans. Yes, the cell membrane has the ability to repair itself. When the membrane is damaged, it can undergo a process called membrane repair, where it seals the damaged area and restores its integrity. This process involves the recruitment of specific proteins and the rearrangement of lipids to close the breach.
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