Cell structure and function Biology Class 11 Notes Chapter 1

Short Questions Cell structure and function Biology chapter 1 pdf notes for 2021

Q.2 i) List three main functions of a nucleus.

Main functions of the nucleus:

  • The nucleus contains chromosomes which are composed of DNA and proteins. All the information necessary to control the cell activities is located in the chromosomes in the form of genes which are transferred from one generation to another.
  • The nucleus maintains the security of the genes and controls the functions of the entire cell by regulating gene expression.
  • It is responsible for protein synthesis, cell division, growth and differentiation.

What do you know about peroxisomes?

Cell structure and function Biology Class 11 Notes Chapter 1

“Peroxisomes are small, membrane-enclosed organelles that contain enzymes involved in a variety of metabolic reactions, including several aspects of energy metabolism.”
The peroxisomes are small sub-cellular bodies approximately O.5um in diameter, surrounded by membranes and found in a great variety of organisms, including plants and animals which are also-called microbodies.”
In animals, they are most common in liver and kidney cells.

They are similar to lysosomes, but they are somewhat denser and have different enzyme systems. For example, the enzymes of peroxisomes are known to break down hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water, protecting cells from its corrosive effects. In the leaves of green plants, photorespiration may occur in peroxisomes.

Q.2 iii) Write two differences between the rough endoplasmic reticulum and smooth endoplasmic reticulum.

Smooth Endoplasmic ReticulumRough Endoplasmic Reticulum
Smooth endoplasmic reticulum helps in the metabolism of different types of molecules mostly lipid synthesisRough endoplasmic reticulum are mostly present outside the nuclear membrane 
  The main function is lipid synthesis and hence mostly seen in cells associated with the synthesis of steroid hormones.The main function is protein synthesis and hence mostly seen in cells associated with the secretion of proteins.

Q.2 iv) What is cytoskeleton. Why is it considered to be an important organelle in the cell?

Cytoskeleton: “The cytoskeleton is a structure that helps the cells to maintain their shape and internal organization, and it also provides mechanical support that enables cells to carry out essential functions like division and movement.”

Importance of cytoskeleton:

  • Cytoskeleton forms a framework for the movement of organelles around the cytoplasm to which most of the organelles. The cytoskeleton consists of protein microfilaments, intermediate filaments, and microtubules.
  • The intermediate filaments present in cytoskeleton helps in maintaining the cell shape.
  • The microfilaments of the cytoskeleton are involved in cyclosis.
  • The microtubules are involved in the assembly and disassembly of the spindle structure during cell division.
  • The cytoskeleton is necessary for cells to be able to change shape, complete cell division, or migrate.
  • Read more: What Is A Cell? – Definition, Structure, Types, Functions

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Q.3 i) Differentiate between a prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell.

         Prokaryotic cell        Eukaryotic cell
 In prokaryotic cells, the genetic material and chromatin network is without any nuclear membrane Eukaryotes have a very well defined nucleus, in which nuclear material is enclosed in a double nuclear membrane
In prokaryotes, mitosis is missing and the cells divide by binary fission Division of cell takes place through mitosis and Meiosis
 Prokaryotes have small sized ribosomes i.e. the 70S, made up of 50S and 30S subunits. All ribosomes are free in the cytoplasm. Eukaryotes have ribosomes of the 80S. Most of the ribosomes attached to the endoplasmic reticulum. Some ribosomes are free in the cytoplasm
 In prokaryotes, the cell wall is composed of polysaccharides chain bound covalently to a shorter  chain of amino acids forming peptidoglycan or mureinIn fungi, the cell wall contains a polysaccharide called chitin. Plant cells, in contrast, have no chitin; their cell walls are composed exclusively of the polysaccharide cellulose.
The nucleolus is absent in prokaryotic cellThe nucleolus is present in the eukaryotic cell
Mitochondria is absent. Respiratory and photosynthetic enzymes present in the plasma membraneMitochondria are present in the cytoplasm of a eukaryotic cell.
Differentiate between a prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell
Cell structure and function Biology Class 11 Notes Chapter 1
Differentiate between a prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell

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Q.3 ii) Describe the fluid mosaic model of plasma membrane.

Plasma membrane (Cell membrane):
Plasma membrane or cell membrane is the outermost boundary of the animal cells and inner to the cell wall in plant cells. The cell membrane is chemically composed of lipids (20-40%) and proteins (60- 80%). In addition, there is a small number of carbohydrates present.
Fluid Mosaic Model:
According to this model, there is a lipid bilayer in which the protein molecules are embedded. The fluid mosaic model is the most acceptable model of the plasma membrane.
    Many biologists contributed to establishing the structural organization of the cell membrane. The modem technology has revealed that lipid bilayer is not sandwiched between two protein layers. In 1972, Singer and Nicholson proposed a most acceptable model for membranes called the Fluid Mosaic Model. This model is in agreement with the photograph of the cell membrane by an electron microscope. This model explains that “the membrane is like a sea of lipids in which protein are floating”.

a. Proteins in the plasma membrane:
The proteins are not arranged in a sheet but as globes of proteins which are floating about in the sea of lipid molecules.
Intrinsic proteins:
   Some proteins extend completely through the double layer of lipids from one side to the other and are called intrinsic proteins.
Extrinsic protein:
   Some other proteins are smaller and are placed between the phospholipids molecules. These are on one side of the membrane and are called extrinsic proteins.
Role of extrinsic protein as receptor:
   Extrinsic proteins function as a receptor that receives the stimuli from the environment and thus inform the cell to respond.
Functions of integral proteins:
   Integral proteins also called permeases to regulate diffusion, osmosis and active transport of ionic materials.
b. Glycolipids  and glycoprotein in the plasma membrane:
      Lipids, proteins, and carbohydrates are responsible for the functional diversity of the membranes. Lipid bilayer makes the membrane differentially permeable barrier that allows the transport of non-polar materials across it and prevents ionic materials.
   Membrane proteins, on the other hand, makes it a selectively permeable barrier that select materials according to the cell’s need. If glucose concentration inside the cell s proper, no more glucose can enter the cell.
Functions of glycolipids  and glycoprotein:
    Membrane carbohydrates such as glycolipids and glycoproteins provide receptor sites that receive different types of stimuli like hormone receptor sites (HRS), receives nerve impulses, recognition of antigen and food materials thus inform the cell for a response. Membrane carbohydrates are also responsible for endocytosis i.e. phagocytosis (eating of the cell) and pinocytosis (drinking of the cell). Thus glycolipids and glycoproteins act as cell surface markers.

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Q.3 iii) What do you know about Golgi apparatus. Describe its functions.

Discovery of Golgi apparatus:
    The Golgi apparatus was discovered by Camillo Golgi in 1898, using special staining techniques.
Golgi complex:
   This apparatus which was found virtually in all eukaryotes consists of stacks of flattened, membrane-bounded sacs called cisternae. These cisternae together with associated vesicles are called Golgi-complex. It is a complex system of interconnected tubules around the central stack.
   The Golgi complex consists of units called dictyosomes.
  Each dictyosome is formed of bundles of curved and flattened cisternae, associated tubules and secretory vesicles.
Dictyosome has two distinct faces.

  • The proximal (cis) or forming face present close to the nucleus.
  • A distal (trans) or maturing face located towards the cell membrane.
  • Vesicles and tubules pinched off from RER, flow, converge and fuse with the forming face to form new cisternae.

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Functions of Golgi Apparatus:

  • Golgi apparatus helps in the storage of secretory products and in the modification and packaging of secretory products.
  • In some cases, polysaccharides may be synthesized from simple sugars in the Golgi apparatus. These polysaccharides may then be attached to proteins and lipids to form glycoproteins and glycolipids.
  • Secretory vesicles produced by the Golgi apparatus may play an important role in adding surface area to the plasma membrane.

Q.3 iv) What are lysosomes? What role do they play in a cell?

  “Lysosomes are cytoplasmic organelles containing degradative enzymes enclosed in a membrane, found in most eukaryotes and are different from others cytoplasmic organelles due to their morphology.”
Discovery of lysosomes:
   These were isolated as separate components for the first time by De Duve in 1949.
Lysosomal enzymes:
   They are surrounded by a single membrane and are simple sacs that contain very large variety of food digesting enzymes called hydrolases.
Phagocytosis in lysosomes:
   Any foreign objects that gain entry within the cell are immediately engulfed by the lysosomes and are completely broken down into digestible pieces. This process is known as phagocytosis. They are very abundant in those animal cells, which exhibit phagocytic activity e.g neutrophils.
 Primary lysosomes:
    Lysosomes are bounded by a single membrane and contain numerous hydrolytic and acid phosphatase enzymes. These enzymes are synthesized on RER and are further processed in the Golgi apparatus. The processed enzymes are budded off as Golgi vesicles and are called primary lysosomes.
   These contain those enzymes which can digest the phagocytosed food particles. During autophagy (self-eating) some old worn out parts of the cell are also digested. In this way materials of the cell may be recycled and a cell may be renewed. Their enzymes can also result in degeneration of cell, as may occur during the developmental processes.

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Malfunctioning of Lysosomes:
   Several congenital diseases have been found to be due to the accumulation of substances such as glycogen or various lipids within the cell. These are also called storage diseases and are produced by a mutation that affects one of the lysosomal enzymes involved in the catabolism of certain substances.

  • In glycogenosis type II disease, the liver and muscles appear filled with glycogen within membrane-bound organelles. In this disease, an enzyme that converts glycogen to glucose is absent.
  • Tay-Sachs disease is involved in the catabolism of lipids. Accumulation of lipids in brain cells leads to mental retardation and even death.

Q.3 v) Write a note on cytoskeleton.

“The cytoskeleton is a structure that helps the cells to maintain their shape and internal organization, and it also provides mechanical support that enables cells to carry out essential functions like division and movement.”
Discovery of Cytoskeleton:
  Koltzoff in 1928, by his microscopic studies, suggested the existence of an organized fibrous network of skeleton in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells. Later on, Cohen (1977) confirmed the views of Koltzoff by his electron microscopic studies.
    According to Cohen, the cytoplasm of the eukaryotic cells contain a cytoskeletal network of different types of microtubules, microfilaments, and intermediate filaments.
Proteins present in cytoskeleton:
    The main proteins that are present in the cytoskeleton are tubulin (in microtubules), actin, myosin, tropomyosin, and others which are also found in muscles. Several cell organelles are derived from special assemblies of microtubules, e.g. cilia, flagella, basal bodies, and centrioles.
   Cyclosis and amoeboid movements are because of microfilaments, where as intermediate filaments are involved in the determination of cell shape and integration of cellular components.
1. Microtubules:
       These are long, unbranched, slender tubulin protein structures.
Functions of microtubules:
  One very important function of microtubules is their role in the assembly and disassembly of the spindle structures during cell division.
2. Microfilaments:
    These are considerably more thin cylinders made up of contractile actin proteins, linked to the inner face of the plasma membrane.
Function of microfilaments:
   They are involved in cyclosis.
3. Intermediate filaments:
        They have a diameter in between those of microtubules and microfilaments.
Function of microfilaments:
  They help in maintaining the cell shape.

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Q.3 vi) What do you mean by tissue culture? What are the main steps involved in the process of tissue culture?

Tissue Culture:
  “Tissue culture is the growth of tissues and cell separate from the organism that is typically facilitated by the use of liquid semi-solid growth media such as broth, or agar. which results in clones in which all the product cells have the same genotypes unless affected by mutation during culture.”

Tissue Culture Apparatus:

For tissue culturing following apparatus is required

  • Cell culture hood (i.e., laminar-flow hood or biosafety cabinet)
  • Incubator (humid CO2 incubator recommended)
  • Water bath
  • Centrifuge
  • Refrigerator and freezer (-20°C)
  • Cell counter (e.g., Countess® Automated Cell Counter or hemacytometer)
  • Inverted microscope
  • Liquid nitrogen (N) freezer or cryostorage container
  • Sterilizer (i.e., autoclave)

The procedure of tissue culture:

  • Selection of the plant tissue (explant) from a healthy vigorous mother plant. This is often the apical bud but can be other tissue.
  • This tissue must be sterilized to remove microbial contaminants.
  • Establishment of the explant in a culture medium. Medium sustains the plant cells and encourages division it can be solid or liquid.
  • Each plant species (and sometimes the variety within a species has particular medium requirements that must be established by trial and error.
  • Multiplication the explant gives rise to a callus (a mass of loosely arranged cells) which is manipulated by varying sugar concentrations and the auxin (low) cytokinin high ratios to form multiple shoots.
  • The callus may be subdivided a number of times.
  • Root formation the shoots are transferred to a growth medium with relatively higher auxins, cytokinin ratios.
  • The root shoots are potted up (deflated) and hardened off by gradually decreasing the humidity. This is necessary as many young tissue culture plants have no waxy cuticle to prevent water loss.