Chapter 6: A Tour of the Cell

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Which polymers are composed of amino acids?


Which of the following is not attached to the central carbon atom in an amino acid?

An oxygen

Which part of an amino acid is always acidic?

Carboxyl functional group

Which monomers make up RNA?


Which of the following statements about the formation of polypeptides from amino acids is true?

A bond forms between the carboxyl functional group of one amino acid and the amino functional group of the other amino acid.

True or false? Enzymes in the digestive tract catalyze hydrolysis reactions.


1 meter = _____ centimeters.


Which statement correctly characterizes bound ribosomes?

Bound ribosomes generally synthesize membrane proteins and secretory proteins.

Which structure is not part of the endomembrane system?


Cells of the pancreas will incorporate radioactively labeled amino acids into proteins. This "tagging" of newly synthesized proteins enables a researcher to track their location. In this case, we are tracking an enzyme secreted by pancreatic cells. What is its most likely pathway?

ER -> Golgi -> vesicles that fuse with the plasma membrane

Which structure is common to plant and animal cells?


Which of the following is present in a prokaryotic cell?


Cyanide binds with at least one molecule involved in producing ATP. If a cell is exposed to cyanide, most of the cyanide would be found within the


A primary objective of cell fractionation is to

separate the major organelles so that their particular functions can be determined.

In the fractionation of homogenized cells using centrifugation, the primary factor that determines whether a specific cellular component ends up in the supernatant or the pellet is

the size and weight of the component.

Which of the following correctly lists the order in which cellular components will be found in the pellet when homogenized cells are treated with increasingly rapid spins in a centrifuge?

nucleus, mitochondria, ribosomes

If a modern electron microscope (TEM) can resolve biological images to the nanometer level, as opposed to the best light microscope, this is due to which of the following?

Electron beams have much shorter wavelengths than visible light.

A biologist is studying kidney tubules in small mammals. She wants specifically to examine the juxtaposition of different types of cells in these structures. The cells in question can be distinguished by external shape, size, and 3-dimensional characteristics. Which would be the optimum method for her study?

scanning electron microscopy

_____ are surface appendages that allow a bacterium to stick to a surface.


What is the function of a bacterium's capsule?


Where is a bacterial cell's DNA found?

nucleoid region

In a bacterium, where are proteins synthesized?


What name is given to the rigid structure, found outside the plasma membrane, that surrounds and supports the bacterial cell?

cell wall

The _____ is the bacterial structure that acts as a selective barrier, allowing nutrients to enter the cell and wastes to leave the cell.

plasma membrane

All of the following are part of a prokaryotic cell except

an endoplasmic reticulum.

The volume enclosed by the plasma membrane of plant cells is often much larger than the corresponding volume in animal cells. The most reasonable explanation for this observation is that

plant cells contain a large vacuole that reduces the volume of the cytoplasm.

In eukaryotic cells the first step in protein synthesis is the _____.

transferring of information from DNA to messenger RNA

Large numbers of ribosomes are present in cells that specialize in producing which of the following molecules?


Which organelle plays a role in intracellular digestion?


Under which of the following conditions would you expect to find a cell with a predominance of free ribosomes?

a cell that is producing cytoplasmic enzymes

Which type of organelle is primarily involved in the synthesis of oils, phospholipids, and steroids?

smooth endoplasmic reticulum

Which structure is the site of the synthesis of proteins that may be exported from the cell?

rough ER

In animal cells, hydrolytic enzymes are packaged to prevent general destruction of cellular components. Which of the following organelles functions in this compartmentalization?


Which of the following produces and modifies polysaccharides that will be secreted?

Golgi apparatus

Which of the following contains hydrolytic enzymes?


Which of the following is a compartment that often takes up much of the volume of a plant cell?


Which is one of the main energy transformers of cells?


Which of the following contains its own DNA and ribosomes?


Which of the following contains enzymes that transfer hydrogen from various substrates to oxygen?


Grana, thylakoids, and stroma are all components found in


Organelles other than the nucleus that contain DNA include

mitochondria and chloroplasts only

A biologist ground up some plant leaf cells and then centrifuged the mixture to fractionate the organelles. Organelles in one of the heavier fractions could produce ATP in the light, while organelles in the lighter fraction could produce ATP in the dark. The heavier and lighter fractions are most likely to contain, respectively,

chloroplasts and mitochondria.

Which of the following are capable of converting light energy to chemical energy?


Cells can be described as having a cytoskeleton of internal structures that contribute to the shape, organization, and movement of the cell. Which of the following are part of the cytoskeleton?


Which of the following contain the 9 + 2 arrangement of microtubules?

cilia and flagella only

Which of these cell junctions form a barrier to the passage of materials?

tight junctions

The primary role of _____ is to bind animal cells together.


_____ aid in the coordination of the activities of adjacent animal cells.

Gap (communicating) junctions

All of the following serve an important role in determining or maintaining the structure of plant cells. Which of the following are distinct from the others in their composition?

plant cell walls

Which of the following relationships between cell structures and their respective functions is correct?

cell wall: support, protection

When a potassium ion (K+) moves from the soil into the vacuole of a cell on the surface of a root, it must pass through several cellular structures. Which of the following correctly describes the order in which these structures will be encountered by the ion?

primary cell wall -> plasma membrane -> cytoplasm
-> tonoplast

The extracellular matrix is thought to participate in the regulation of animal cell behavior by communicating information from the outside to the inside of the cell via which of the following?


Plasmodesmata in plant cells are most similar in function to which of the following structures in animal cells?

gap junctions

Ions can travel directly from the cytoplasm of one animal cell to the cytoplasm of an adjacent cell through

gap junctions.

Of the following molecules of the ECM, which is capable of transmitting signals between the ECM and the cytoskeleton?


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