Notes on Cell Components

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Types of chromatin:

• Heterochromatin: condensed, inactive.

• Euchromatin: extended, active.

RER Functions:

• Synthesize proteins destined for Golgi apparatus.

SER Functions:

• Steroid synthesis, hydroxylation, conjugation (transfer of polar groups from active carrier UDP-glucuronic acid to toxic water-insoluble molecules).

• Removal of phosphate group from G6P; controls glucose levels; gluconeogenesis.

• Lipolysis and sequestration and release of Ca ions.

Golgi apparatus functions:

• Post-translational modifications and sorting of new proteins.

• Further modifications of glycoproteins.

Golgi apparatus dysfunction:


• A peptidase cannot cleave proinsulin to insulin and C-peptide; insulin deficiency.

I-Cell disease:

• Deficiency of N-acetylglucosamine-phosphotransferase causes absence of mannose-6-phophate on hydrolases results in their secretion rather than their incorporation into lysosomes.


• Low pH.

• Primary: empty.

• Secondary: formed by fusion of primary lysosomes with substrates to be degraded.


• Synthesis/degradation of H2O2.

• Beta-oxidation of very long chain fatty acids.

• Phospholipid exchange.

• Bile acid synthesis.


• Synthesize ATP; contain their own circular dsDNA, and create some of their own proteins.

• Outer membrane: abundant in porins.

• Inner membrane contains enzymes for ETC and oxidative phosphorylation.

• Matrix generates NADH and FADH2 for use in ETC.


• Structural support, axonal transport.

• Make cilia.


• Microtubule synthesis and assembly; kinesin and dynein-related transport, ciliary and flagellar movement.

• Tubulin gives rise to microtubules, which give rise to cilia.

Intermediate filaments:

• Structural roles.


• Movements.

• Composed of actin and myosin.

• Inhibited by actin-binding drugs.

• Make microvilli.


• 2+9 structure.

• Propulsion of particles in one direction.

Additional Notes:

• Bright red blood: cyanide poisoning.

• Anaerobic metabolism: cytoplasm.

• Oncocytes: large # of mitochondria.

• Nuclear membrane is formed from RER after cell-division.

• ETC enzymes: mitochondrial cristae.

• Microfilaments: actin + myosin.

• Tyrosine kinases: involved in DNA synthesis.

• Bcl-2: found in mitochondria.

• Phosphorylation of serine residues on cyclines: tumor cells.

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