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Cellular Transport. What about Cellular Transport?. Nutrients and wastes move into and out of the cell – this is called cellular transport Nutrients are needed at different amounts and move in and out of the cell to maintain homeostasis. What is needed in mammalian cells?.

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what about cellular transport
What about Cellular Transport?
  • Nutrients and wastes move into and out of the cell – this is called cellular transport
  • Nutrients are needed at different amounts and move in and out of the cell to maintain homeostasis
why such a huge difference
Why such a huge difference?
  • Because mammals have several different cells that perform different tasks and would require different nutrients to perform those tasks
osmosis in an elodea leaf
Osmosis in an Elodea Leaf
  • Background information
  • Elodea is a common freshwater plant that is frequently used to decorate aquariums.
  • The leaves of Elodea are only two cells thick and are ideal for the microscopic study of the effects of osmotic solutions.
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Osmosis in an Elodea Leaf
  • Freshwater is hypotonic to Elodea and maintains normal turgor (osmotic) pressure in the plant. 
  • A hypotonic solution is a solution that contains less (hypo) solutes than the cytoplasm of the cell.
  • Thus, a hypotonic solution has more water than the celland water has a tendency to move (diffuse) into the cell.
Background information
  • In plants this inward "pressure" produces rigidity of the cell as the plasma membranes are pushed against the cell walls.
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Osmosis in an Elodea Leaf
  • Plant cells do not rupture because the cell walls resist the outward expansion of the plasma membrane.
osmosis in paramecium
Osmosis in Paramecium

Background information

Paramecium is a freshwater protozoa (single-cell eukaryotes) and may be obtained by culture (purchased or maintained in the laboratory) or in the field by sampling scum of stagnant water.

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Osmosis in Paramecium
  • Freshwater is hypotonic to Paramecium, and results in the osmotic movement of water into the cell.
  • Specialized organelles called contractile vacuoles function in the homeostatic maintenance of normal turgor pressure
what happens in a red blood cell in a hypotonic solution
What happens in a red blood cell in a Hypotonic solution?

Because there is only a cell membrane the blood cell could burst

Red blood cells Plant cell

facilitated diffusion a form of passive diffusion
Facilitated Diffusion a form of Passive Diffusion
  • Movement of molecules such as glucose through the cell membrane through channel proteins
  • Does not require the input of energy
active transport
Active Transport
  • Movement of material from low concentration to high concentration or against the concentration gradient
  • Requires energy


  • The process of moving large particles
  • into the cell by endocytosis
  • A type of active transport that moves large amounts of material into the cell
  • Endo= into Cyto= cell
  • The removal of large amounts of materials out of the cell
  • Exo= out of Cyto= cell