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What are the five levels of organization within the body?

cell-->tissue-->organ-->system-->bodycell: basic functional unit of the bodytissue: a collection of cells and material between cells that perform a specialized functionorgan: a structure or mass formed by basic tissues to perform specialized functionssystem: a group of organs that work together to perform specialized functions


The four primary tissues and their functions are:

1) epithelium: covering and lining surfaces and secretion2) connective tissue: support3) muscle: contraction4) nervous tissue: impulse conduction


The three germ layers of epithelium are:

ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm


The seven different functions of epithelium are:

1) Protection: physical, chemical, metabolic2) Transcellular support: active and passive3) Secretion: mucous, hormones, enzymes, cytokines4) Absorption: nutrients, other materials5) Selective Permeability: between epithelial cells6) Sensory Detection: taste, hearing, sight7) Contraction: myoepithelial cells


3 characteristics of epithelium:

1) composed entirely of cells2) avascular (no blood vessels)3) polarity (apical, basal, lateral)


3 physical arrangements of epithelium:

1) sheets of tightly bound cells (membrane epithelium)2) glands3) non-secretory individual or small clusters of cells


Criteria for classifying epithelium:

1) number of layers2) shapes of cells3) Special modifications


What are the different types of layers?

simple, stratified, pseudostratified


What are the different shapes of cells?

Cell shape of epithelium is classified by the surface layer:squamous (flat), cuboidal (square), columnar (rectangular)


What are the different types of specialized functions?

1) apical cell membrane a) kinocilia: long, mobile projections that allow movement b) microvilli: increases surface area; short projections (brush border) c) stereocilia: increases surface area; long, non-mobile projections2) basal cell membrane basal infoldings: invaginations in basal cell membrane3) cytoplasm keratinization: only occurs in skin; deposition of proteinaceous filaments


In transitional epithelium...

stratified epithelium, shape of surface cells are variable, can stretch without breaking cell to cell attachment


The apical surface of the cell faces the ________, and the basal surface attaches to the ________ ___________.

lumen, basal membrane


_______ _________ attaches cells together and was later identified as junctional complexes.

terminal bars


What is another name for a desmosome?

macula adherens


What are the components of a junctional complex?

zonula occludens, zonula adherens, macula adherens


What are gap junctions?

channels that allow the passage of material and the communication between cells


________ ________ holds cells together and was later identified as desmosomes.

intercellular bridges


What does the basement membrane do?

acts as glue to hold epithelial tissues to connective tissue; filtration; directs cell migration during healing


What are the two components of the basal membrane?

basal lamina (produced by epithelial cells) and lamina relicularis (lamina fibroreticularis----> produced by fibroblasts)


What are glands, and where do they originate?

One or more specialized cells that elaborate secretory products (material not related to their ordinary metabolic needs).They originate from epithelial cells and are formed by projections of epithelium at the surface of a body into underlying mesoderm.


What are the two components of glands?

1) parenchyma: functional components2) stroma: supporting or structural components


List 6 criteria for classifying glands:

1) presence or absence of duct2) number of secretory cells3) nature of secretory product of exocrine glands4) mode of secretion of product of exocrine glands5) collective shapes of groups of secretory cells of exocrine glands6) distance that endocrine secretory product must travel


Differentiate endocrine and exocrine glands

Endocrine glands have no duct and release secretory products into blood vessels or tissue fluid for transport to other locations in the body.Exocrine glands HAVE a duct that transport secretory product to surface.


Differentiate between unicellular and multicellular glands.

Unicellular glands only have 1 cell (i.e. goblet cell), and multicellular glands have 2 or more cells (i.e. salivary).


Name four and describe different natures of the secretory products of exocrine glands.

1) serous: watery, protein rich2) mucous: viscous, slippery, rich in sugars3) mixed: contains serous and mucous components4) sebaceous: lipids


Name and describe the three different modes of secretion of exocrine glands.

1) merocrine: released from secretory granule with no loss of cytoplasm2) apocrine: small portion of apical cytoplasm pinched off with secretory product3) holocrine: entire cell released as secretory product


Name the three shapes of exocrine glands and be able to recognize.

tubular, acinar, alveolar


Differentiate the three different types of secretory distances.

1) autocrine: secretory product directly acts on same cell2) paracrine: secretory product acts on adjacent cell3) endocrine: secretory product travels via vasculature and acts on distant cells


Exocrine glands are classified as either:

"simple" if duct is unbranched or "compound" if the duct does branch


What are the types of exocrine glands dependant on?

arrangement of ducts and secretory cells