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1. What is meant when a cell membrane is described as being selectively permeable?

Permits the free passage of some materials and restricts the passage of others


2. What is the difference between passive and active transport (processes)?

Passive - no energy required

Active - requires energy - usually ATP


3. Define diffusion. What is a concentration gradient? What role does a concentration gradient play in diffusion?

A. The net movement of a substance from an area of higher concentration to an area of lower concentration

B. The difference between the high and low concentration of a substance

C. The substance moves from area of higher to lower concentration gradient


4. Why is diffusion important in body fluids? Provide two examples of substances that move by simple diffusion in the human body.

Eliminate local concentration gradients

Alcohol, fatty acids, and steroids


5. Your textbook lists five factors that can influence the rate of diffusion in cells. List them and give a brief description of each one.

1. Distance - The shorter the distance, the more quickly concentration gradients are eliminated

2. Ion and molecule size - Smaller the ion or molecule size, the faster its rate of diffusion

3. Temperature - Higher temperature, the faster diffusion happens

4. Concentration gradient - The steeper the concentration gradient, the faster diffusion happens

5. Electrical forces - Opposite electrical charges attract each other, and like charges repel.


6. Lipid soluble molecules pass into a cell by what method? Why?

Simple diffusion - They can diffuse through the lipid portions of the membrane

O2, CO2, lipids, oils


7. What is channel-mediated diffusion?

Diffusion through a channel protein


8. What type of molecules use channel-mediated diffusion?

Small water - Soluble molecules and ions


9. Define osmosis.

Net diffusion of water across a membrane


10. Define osmolarity.

The total solute concentration in an aqueous solution


11. Tonicity is a term used to describe the effect that a solution with a specific osmolarity would have on a cell. How does the solute concentration of these 3 examples compare to a normal human cell?

a. Hypotonic solution

b. Isotonic solution

c. Hypertonic solution

A. Lower solution, water will flow into the cell

B. No osmotic flow takes place and the size and shape of the cell looks normal

C. Higher solution, water will flow out of the cell


12. If a cell is placed in a hypotonic environment, which direction will the water move? What will be the result to cell size?

Water will move into the cell.

The cell will swell

Can cause hemolysis and burst


13. If a cell is placed in a hypertonic environment, which direction will the water move? What will be the result to cell size?

Water will move out of the cell.

The cell will shrivel and dehydrates

Can cause crenation


14. If a cell is placed in an isotonic environment, which direction will the water move? What will be the result to cell size?

There is no net movement of water

No change in size or shape


15. Some pediatricians recommend using a 10% salt solution as a nasal spray to relieve congestion in infants with stuffy noses. What effect would such a solution have on the cells lining the nasal cavity, and why?

Hypertonic - They will decrease in size and dehydrate


16. Define carrier-mediated transport.

Integral proteins bind specific ions or organic substrates and carry them across the plasma membrane.


17. What are the three characteristics that are common in carrier-mediated transport? List and briefly describe each one.

Specificity - Each carrier protein binds and transports only certain substances

Saturation limits - The availability of substrate molecules and carrier proteins limits the rate of transport into or out of the cell

Regulation - Enzyme activity depends on cofactors, the binding of other molecules, can affect the activity of carrier proteins.


18. What is the term that describes the movement of two substances in the same direction simultaneously? What is it called if two substances move into the cell and another substances moves out?

- symport or cotransport

-antiport or countertransport


19. What is facilitated diffusion? Does it require energy? Give two examples of nutrients that move across a plasma membrane via facilitated diffusion.

Substances can by passively transported across the membrane by carrier proteins


Glucose and amino acids


20. What is active transport? Does it require energy?

A high energy bond provides the energy needed to move ions or molecules across the membrane

Yes, requires energy


21. Describe the job performed by sodium-potassium (Na+/K+) ATPase.

An enzyme that pumps sodium out of the cells while pumping potassium into the cells


22. Because of the Na+/K+ ATPase , __________________ ion concentrations are higher in the extracellular fluid, and ___________________ ion concentrations are higher in the intracellular fluid.




23. What is secondary active transport? Does it require energy?

Moves a specific substrate down its concentration gradient. Carrier proteins can also move another substrate at the same time.

No, doesn't require energy initially, but the cell needs to expend ATP later to obtain homeostasis.


24. What is endocytosis? Does it require energy?

Materials are packaged in vesicles at the surface and imported into the cell.

Yes, requires energy


25. What is phagocytosis? Does it require energy?

"Cell eating" - Surrounds the object, fuses, and digests.

Yes, requires energy


26. What is exocytosis? Does it require energy?

A vesicle forms inside the cell, materials are released into the extracellular environment

Yes, requires energy


27. The interior of a cell has a slightly _____________ charge with respect to the outside. What causes this?


The negatively charged protein anions that are too large to pass through any membrane ion channels


28. Neurons can conduct electrical signals and muscles can contract, because they have a membrane potential. What is meant by the term resting membrane potential?

The membrane potential in an unstimulated, or undisturbed cell


29. Do all cells have the same resting membrane potential? Explain.

No, each type of cell has a characteristic resting membrane potential between -10 mV and -100 mV


30. New cells are created in the body by a process called _______ ________________. A single cell divides to produce a pair of __________________ __________ which are identical to the parent cells.

Cell division

Daughter Cells


31. Answer the following brief questions regarding DNA replication:
a. What molecule breaks the hydrogen bonds between the two strands of DNA? _____________________
b. What molecule attaches complimentary base pairs as it reads the original DNA strands? _______ ______________________
c. What enzymes splice together the DNA segments of the lagging strand? _______________________


DNA polymerase

DNA polymersase


Briefly describe the phases of interphase and the events which occur in each phase.

G0 - Normal cellular function

G1 - Cell is under going protein synthesis and organelle replication, normal function

S - DNA replication

G2 - Final preparations for mitosis, centrides divides


List the five steps in mitosis in order. Give the events that happen in each step.

1. Prophase - Chromosomes condense, nuclear envople dissovles, centrides more to the poles of the cell

2. Metaphase - Spindle fibers produced from centrides will align chromosomes in the middle of the cell

3. Anaphase - Spindle fibers pull the chromosomes apart to opposite sides of the cell

4. Telophase - Each new cell prepares to return to the interphase state. Nuclear membrane re-forms, nuclei enlarge, chromosomes gradually uncoil

5. Cytokinesis - Division of the cytoplasm into the daughter cells. The completion of cytokinesis marks the end of cell division.


What is cytokinesis

Physical act of cell division


37. What is a stem cell?

Special cells maintain cell populations through repeated cycles of cell division.

Skin, digestive, etc.


38. What is a tumor? Compare and contrast a benign tumor with a malignant tumor.

A mass or swelling produced by abnormal cell growth and division

Benign - cells usually remain within the tissue where it originated

Malignant - No longer respond to normal controls and spreads to surrounding tissues


39. Malignant cells can metastasize. What does this mean?

Spread of cancer to other areas


40. What is the original trigger which must occur for normal cells to become malignant?

A mutation occurs in a gene involved with cell growth, differentiation, or division



41. An illness characterized by mutations that disrupt normal control mechanisms and produce potentially malignant cells is called ________________________.