Functions of the parts of the animal cell

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Nucleus

The control center of the cell

Ribosomes

Produce proteins (protein synthesis)

Nuclear membrane

Controls what enters and leaves the nucleus

Mitochondria

Powerhouse, produces ATP

Lysosome

Break down materials in the cell -- also known as death sac

Golgi bodies

Packages proteins

Vacuole

Stores water, waste, and food

Cytoplasm

Suspends organelles

Endoplasmic reticulum

Transport system for materials

Cell membrane

Controls what enters and leaves the cell

Centriole

Aids in cell division

Nucleolus

Makes RNA

Cytoskeleton

Helps organelles move from place to place

Microfilament

Help cells change shape; structural support

Microtubules

Provide attachment places for organelles and provide tracks for organelle movement

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