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  • Structural Strength

  • Motility &

  • Cell Division


  • Microtubules

  • Intermediate filaments

  • Microfilaments

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Image of Cytoskeleton


  • Tubular, lumen dia 15 to 20 nm.

  • Made of α tubulin & β tubulin. They form stacks of rings containing 13 subunits


  • Form spindles which move the chromosomes

  • Cell movement

  • Transport secretary granules, vesicles & mitochondria

  • Involved in the formation of Cilia & flagella


1. Anticancer drugs bind to microtubules & make them stable so that Mitosis stops & eventually cells die

2. Colchicine inhibits mitosis by interfering with structure of mitotic spindle (acts during metaphase) used in labs. For various studies

Intermediate Filament

  • Filamentous ~10nm

  • Functions: Stable & give structural strength to cell

  • Connect nuclear memb. To cell membrane.

  • Form neurofilament in neurons & maintain axonal diameter

  • Formation of cellular junction


  • Solid filaments dia. 6 to 8nm

  • Made of contractile proteins actin & myosin

  • Extension of micro filaments with plasma memb. form microvilli & they increase surface area for absorption

  • In muscle they make contractile protein

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Image of Microfilaments

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Microtubules, Intermediate Filaments and Microfilaments

Actin Filament

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Intercellular Junctions

Types of intercellular junctions

  • Tight junctions

  • Zona Adherens

  • 3 Desmosomes / Hemi desmosomes

  • 4 Gap junctions; permits transfer of sub. Between two cells

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Image of Types of Intercellular Junctions

Tight Junction

  • Also called zona occludens

  • Adjacent cell membranes are fused & there is no space between two cells

Function- they prevent movement of ions from one side of membrane to another side

Memb. Proteins cannot float


  • Apical region of epithelial cells of intestinal mucosa

  • Apical region of renal tubular cells

  • Capillary endothelium forming blood brain barrier

  • In choroid plexus

Adherens Jun. /Zona Adherens

  • Immediately below the tight junction

  • Form a band

  • Adjacent membranes are separated by 15 to 20nm gap

  • Permit water & ions


  • Not band but patchy

  • Cleft of 20 nm. between cells

  • Dense accumulation of proteins at focal places

  • Bundles of Intermediate Filaments project from intercellular junctional area

  • They hold cells at their places

  • Two types

A. Desmosomes

  • Thickened area on both sides of memb. & cells are attached to each other

B. Hemidesmosomes

  • Thickened area on one side only.

  • Attach cell to basal lamina


  • Attach cells to basal lamina

  • Hold cells firmly together specially at the site of stretching

Gap Junctions

  • Intercellular space 2 to 3 nm

  • In between the cells channels are present, lined by proteins called Connexins

  • Eg. Basal part of epithelial cells of intestinal mucosa, heart muscles

Functions- Permit movement of amino acids, glucose, ions up to mol. weight of 1000

Rapid propogation of electric potentials from cell to cell important in Smooth & Cardiac Muscles


  • Cells are attached to each other and to basal lamina by CAMs (cell adhesion molecules)

  • CAMs are

  • Integrins

  • Cadherins

  • Selectins

  • Adhesion mol. of IgG family

Functions of CAMs

  • Hold tissues together

  • Imp. In inflammation & tissue healing

  • Embryonic development

  • Formation of nervous system

  • Metastasis of tumors

  • Rate of apoptosis is high if CAMs are abnormal

Intercellular Communication


1. Neural: by neurotransmitters released at synapses

2. Endocrinal: by hormones ;which reach cells via blood

3. Paracrine communication: chemical substance secreted by a cell reach to nearby cell by diffusion in ECF. eg. In pancreas

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Image of Intercellular Communication

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Image of Intercellular Communication for Paracrine Control


  • It is programmed cell death and is genetically controlled

  • It is caused by enzymes Capases


  • Present in all eukaryotic cells.

  • Controls cellular activities.

  • Essential for cell reproduction

Transport through Cell Membrane

Can be...

  • Passive transport

  • Active transport

  • Vesicular transport

Passive Transport: sub. Move in the direction of gradient (electrochemical)

  • Concentration gradient

  • Electric gradient

Energy is not required

Can be …

  • Diffusion

  • Simple diffusion: sub. move in the direction of gradient through semi permeable membrane

  • Facilitated diffusion: Gradient is required but a carrier is needed eg. Glucose transport

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Simple diffusion G. Donnan Equilibrium

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1. Product of diffusible ions is same in all compartments

2. All compartments are electrically neutral

3. Total number of ions is more in C (intracellular compartment)

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Image of Facilited Diffusion of Glucose


  • Is movement of solvent (water) from it’s high concentration (dilute solution) to low concentration. (concentrated solution)

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Image of Osmosis

Active transport

  • Primary active transport: energy is required eg. Na+ K+ Pump

  • Secondary active transport: eg. Transport of Glucose

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Image of Active Transport

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Image of Outside and Inside Active Transport

Alpha Subunit- Various Binding


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Image of Alpha Subunit- Various Binding

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Image of Lumen and Blood

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Image of Digoxin Mechanism of Action

Vesicular Transport

  • Endocytosis

  • Exocytosis

  • Transcytosis

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