Notes, Exercises, Videos, Tests and Things to Remember on Microbodies Microtubules and Microfilament
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These are very small, spherical bodies with a single unit membrane. These are found in all the plant cells especially in endosperm cells of oil seeds shape and size. These are spherical in shape and about 0.5-2.5µm in size.
The spherosomes are membrane-bound spherical organelles occurring in most plant cells. They contain hydrolytic enzymes such as the hydrolase, protease, ribonuclease, phosphatase and esterase, etc. so called plant lysosomes. They have fine granular structure internally rich in lipids and proteins. They originate from the endoplasmic reticulum.
Peroxisomes are the microbodies found in many animal cells and in a wide range of plants. These are present in all photosynthetic cells of higher plants, liver and kidney cells of vertebrates. These have also been reported in the cells of the brain, small intestine, testis, adrenal cortex, protozoa, brown algae, fungi, liverworts, mosses and ferns. These are variable in shape and size, but usually appear circular in cross section having the diameter between 0.2mµ and 1.5mµ.
These are small spherical bodies having single unit membranes made up of lipid and protein molecules. They contain finely granular or crystallised protein catalyses and oxidases. The enzyme catalyses, catalyses the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) to water (H2O) and oxygen(O2), whereas the enzymes oxidases oxidise organic compounds.
Microtubules are the slender, proteinaceous threads first discovered by Robert and Franchi. They are called as microtubules.
The microtubules are electron microscopic structures found in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells at following seven sites;
A microtubule is a hollow cylindrical structure of about 250Å in diameter and about the 150Å lumen. Its wall is about 50Å thick. Its wall is formed of 13 parallel, proto-tubules, each being formed of a linear series of globular protein molecules. Chemically a microtubule is formed of the tubulin protein. A tubulin protein is formed of α-tubulin and β-tubulin.
Microfilaments are electron-microscopic, long, narrow, cylindrical, contractile and proteinous structures found only in the eukaryotic cytoplasm. These are present in the microvilli, muscle fibres, etc. These are also associated with the pseudopodia, the plasma membrane of fibroblasts, etc. They are long, thin, cylindrical and very fine protein filaments which are about 5-6nm in diameter.
Each microfilament is a solid filament and is formed of a helical series of globular protein molecules. These usually occur in bundles and have been observed in the path of streaming cytoplasm in the plant cells or below the plasma membrane. They form a network in the cytoplasm and extend up to the core of microvilli. Chemically they are mainly formed of actin protein and a small amount of myosin protein.
The cilia and flagella are microscopic, hair or thread like motile structures present extracellularly but originate intracellularly from the basal bodies and helps in the movement locomotion, feeding, circulation, etc. The presence of flagellum was first to report the structure of sperm flagellum.
Cilia are found in all the ciliate protozoans, flame cells of flatworms, in some larval forms e.g. Bipinnaria larva of starfish, in some body structures eg; windpipe, fallopian tubes, etc, ciliated epithelium of the metazoa, etc.
Flagella are found in all the flagellate protozoans, collar cells of sponges, gastrodermal cells of coelenterates, spermatozoa of animals and lower plants, zoospores of algae etc.
True or sap vacuoles are a fluid-filled sac-like structure which is bounded by a membrane called tonoplast. The vacuoles contain water, minerals, sugar, salts amino acids, pigments, waste materials, etc. These vacuoles occur both in plant and animal cell.