The large molecules of all living things fall into just four main classes. Name them.
Proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids
Explain what is meant when we say a molecule is amphipathic.
There is both a hydrophobic and hydrophilic region.
In the 1960s, the Davson-Danieli model of membrane structure was widely accepted. Describe this model and then cite two lines of evidence that were inconsistent with it.
There is a phospholipid bilayer between 2 levels of proteins. The problems were: the model assumed all membranes are identical and also protein placement was illogical.
Who proposed the fluid mosaic model of membrane structure? When? Describe this model.
S.J. Singer and G. Nicolson proposed it in 1972. It is a phospholipid bilayer with proteins embedded.
What is meant by membrane fluidity? Describe the movement seen in the fluid membrane.
Membrane is not static. It can shift and move because of unsaturated hydrocarbons. They can move by lateral movement, or by flipping.
What affect do phospholipids with unsaturated hydrocarbon chains have on the membrane fluidity?
It increases fluidity because of more kinks.
How does cholesterol affect membrane fluidity?
It acts as a fluid buffer. It makes it more fluid in very cold temperatures, by not allowing the membrane to come in too close. In too warm temperatures it decreases fluidity.
Enzymatic activity proteins
Protein's active site is exposed. Once enzyme activates, it a certain function is performed.
Signal transduction proteins
Signaling molecules create shape change in proteins, and proteins relay a message.
What are two examples of membrane carbohydrates that are important in cell-cell recognition?
Glycolopids, and glycoproteins
What is the difference between glycolipids and glycoproteins.
Glycolipids are carbohydrates covalently bound to lipids. In glycoproteins, carbohydrates are covalently bound to proteins
Distinguish between channel proteins and carrier proteins.
Channel proteins do not change, the just provide a channel. Carrier proteins change shape and hold onto passengers as they change shape.
How does CO2, Glucose, H+, O2, and H2O cross the membrane?
CO2 through diffusion, Glucose through carrier proteins, H+ through protein channels, O2 through diffusion, H2O through diffusion and aquaporins.
What is facilitated diffusion? Is it active or passive? Cite two examples.
Facilitated diffusion is diffusion along transport proteins. It is passive. Examples are aquaporins and neurotransmitters.
Describe active transport. What type of transport proteins are involved, and what is the role of ATP in the process?
Movement of molecules through proteins, but energy is required. ATP provides energy for this. Example is the sodium potassium pump.
What is membrane potential? Which side of the membrane is positive?
Voltage across the membrane. Outside is positive.
What are the two forces that drive the diffusion of ions across the membrane? What is the combination of these forces called?
Chemical force, and electrical force. These forces are called electrochemical forces.
What is cotransport? Explain how its understanding is used in our treatment of diarrhea.
ATP is used to indirectly provide transport for certain molecules. On molecule is expelled via ATP, and then it returns to the cytoplasm via a cotransporter in addition to a different molecule, that would not be able to do so without the first molecule. It is useful in sugar and sulfate mixes when suffering from diarrhea.