How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

68 terms

Biology Chapter 5: Cell Membranes and Signaling

Fluid Mosaic Model
The non-polar regions of phospholipids and membrane proteins interact to form an insoluble barrier, which serves as a lipid "lake" in which a variety of proteins "float"
The capacity of phospholipids to associate with one another and maintain a bilayer organization helps biological membranes fuse during vesicle formation, phagocytosis, and related processes
Lipid Composition (Membrane Fluidity)
Cholesterol and long-chain, saturated fatty acids pack tightly together, resulting in less fluid membranes
Temperature (Membrane Fluidity)
Membrane fluidity declines under cold conditions because molecules move more slowly at lower temperatures. Some organism simply change the lipid composition of their membranes when their environment getes cold, replacing saturated with unsaturated fatty acids and using fatty acids with shorter chains
A membrane that encloses portions of some neutrons (nerve cells) and acts as an electrical insulator - has only 1 protein for every 70 lipids
Peripheral Membrane Proteins
Lack exposed hydrophobic groups and are not embedded in the bilayer.
Polar or charged regions that interact with exposed parts of integral proteins, or with polar heads of phospholipid molecules
Integral Membrane Proteins
At least partly embedded in the phospholipid bilayer. They have both bydrophilic and hydrophobic regions.
The polar ends of proteins can interact with the polar ends of lipids, and the non-polar regions of both molecules can interact hydrophobically
Transmembrane Protein
An integral membrane protein that extends all the way through the phospholipid bilayer and protrudes on both sides.
Transmembrane proteins are always oriented the same way - domains with specific functions inside or outside the cell are always found on the correct side of the membrane
Consists of a carbohydrate covalently bonded to a lipid. The carbohydrate may serve as a recognition signal fro interactions between cells
Consists of a carbohydrate covalently bonded to a protein. These oligosaccharides often function as signaling sites, as do the carbohydrates attached to glycolipids.
Membranes are constantly forming, transforming from one type to another, fusing with one another, and breaking down
Selective Permeability
Biological membranes allow some substances, but not others, to pass through them
Passive Transport
Process that does not require direct input of metabolic energy to drive them
Active Transport
Process that does require the input of metabolic energy to drive them
The energy for passive transport of a substance is found in the difference between its concentration on one side of the membrane and its concentration on the other
The process of random movement toward a state of equilibrium
Not surprising that as plants and animals evolved and became larger and multicellular, those with circulatory systems to distribute vital molecules such as O2 had a distinct advantage over organisms relying on simple diffusion
Simple Diffusion
Some small molecules can pass through the phospholipid bilayer of the membrane
A molecule that is hydrophobic and soluble in lipids can enter the membrane readily and pass through it
Electrically charged or polar molecules, such as amino acids, sugars, ions and water, do not pass readily through a membrane.
These molecules are not very soluble in the hydrophobic interior of the bilayer, and also charged molecules will form hydrogen bonds with water and ions in the aqueous environment
Water molecules pass through specialized channels in membranes (diffusion process)
In a particular solution, the higher the total solute concentration, the lower the concentration of water molecules
Solution has a higher solute concentration than the other solution
Solutions have equal solute concentrations
Solution has a lower solute concentration than the other solution
The concentration of solutes in the environment determines the direction of osmosis in all animal cells
The integrity of blood cells is absolutely dependent on the maintenance of a constant solute concentration in the surrounding blood plasma - the plasma must be isotonic to the blood
Turgor Pressure
Cells with sturdy walls take up a limited amount of water, and in so doing they build up internal pressure against a cell wall, which prevents further water from entering
Channel Proteins
Integral membrane proteins that form channels across the membrane through which certain substances can pass
Carrier Proteins
Binding proteins that speed up their diffusion through the bilayer
Facilitated Diffusion
Substances diffuse according to their concentration gradients, but their diffusion is made easier by channel or carrier proteins
Ion Channels
Channel protein
Movement of ions across membranes is important in many biological processes, including respiration.
Show basic structure of hydrophilic pore that allows a particular ion to move through
Gated Channel
Most ion channels are "gated": opened or closed to ion passage
Opens when a stimulus causes change in the 3D shape of the channel
Binding of a chemical signal
Causes a stimulus
Ligand-Gated Channel
Channels controlled by a ligand (chemical stimulus)
Voltage-Gated Channel
Stimulated to open or close by a change in voltage (electrical charge difference) across the membrane
Allow large amounts of water to move along the concentration gradient
Another kind of facilitated diffusion involves the actual binding of the transported substance to a membrane protein called a carrier protein (speeds up diffusion through membrane)
Binding of glucose to a specific 3D site on one side of the transport protein to change its shape and release glucose on the other side of the membrane
Since glucose is usually broken down as soon as it enters the cell, there is almost always a strong concentration gradient favoring glucose entry.
The transporter allows glucose molecules to cross the membrane and enter the cell much faster than they would by simple diffusion through the bilayer
Because there are only a limited number of carrier protein molecules per unit of membrane area, the rate of diffusion reaches a maximum when all the carrier molecules are fully loaded with solute molecules.
Often the energy source is the nucleotide adenosine triphosphate (ATP)
In eukaryotes, ATP is produced in the mitochondria and plastids, and it has chemical energy stored in its terminal phosphate bond
Simple and facilitated diffusion (passive transport) follow concentration gradients and can occur in either direction across the membrane.
Active transport is directional, and moves a substance either into or out of a cell against its concentration gradient
Primary Active Transport
Involves the direct hydrolysis of ATP, which provides the energy required for transport
Secondary Active Transport
Does not use ATP directly. Energy is supplied by a ion concentration gradient or an electrical gradient, established by primary active transport
In primary active transport, energy released by hydrolysis of ATP drives the movement of specific ions against their concentration gradients
Sodium-Potassium Pump
Integral membrane glycoprotein that is found in all animal cells
Breaks down ATP into ADP and Pi and uses the released energy to bring two K+ ions into the cell, and export three Na+ ions
In secondary active transport, the movement of a substance is accomplished by energy "regained" by letting ions move across the membrane with their gradient
Group of processes that bring small molecules, macromolecules, large particles and even small cells into the cell
3 types: phagocytosis, pinocytosis, and receptor-mediated endocytosis
"cellular eating"
Part of the plasma membrane engulfs a large particle or even an entire cell
Phagosome -- food vacuole, forms usually fuses with a lysosome where its contents are digested
"cellular drinking"
The vesicles are smaller and bring fluids and dissolved substances, including proteins into the cell
Receptor-Mediated Endocytosis
Molecules at the cell surface are recognized and trigger the uptake of specific materials
Proteins that bind to specific molecules (ligands) and set off specific cellular responses
Receptors are integral membrane proteins located at particular regions on the extracellular surface of the plasma membrane
Coated Pits
Membrane regions that form slight depressions in the plasma membrane, coated by a protein called clathrin
Receptor-mediated endocytosis is used to take cholesterol up into the cell
Most cholesterol is packaged into LDL (low-density lipoproteins) and circulated via the bloodstream
-->LDL's bind to the receptors and taken into the cell via endocytosis
Process by which materials are packaged in vesicles are secreted by the cell
Contents of vesicles are released into the environment, and the vesicle is incorporated back into the membrane
Secreted proteins are transported out of the cell via exocytosis. The proteins are folded and modified in the ER, transported in vesicles to the Golgi and are modified and packaged in vesicles for secretion again
Signal Transduction Pathway
Sequence of molecular events and chemical reactions that lead to a cell's response to a signal.
Ability of cells to sense and respond to their environment is key to the maintenance of cellular and organismal homeostasis
Signals that affect the same cells that release them
Signals diffuse to and affect nearby cells
Signals to distant cells travel through the circulatory system
Chemical signals do not always come from within the multicellular organism -- some come from the external environment
The target cell must be able to sense the signal and respond to it
In a multicellular animal, the cells may receive chemical signals that are circulated in the blood, but most body cells are not capable of responding to the signals
Allosteric Regulation
Alteration in the 3D shape of a protein as a result of the binding of another molecule at a site other than the protein's active site
A signal transduction pathway may end in a response that is short term, such as the activation of an enzyme, or long term such as an alternation in gene expression
Binding of the ligand causes the receptor to change its 3D shape, and that conformational change initiates a cellular response
Cytoplasmic Receptors
Small and nonpolar ligands can be t