Our Cell Membranes program begins by examining cell wall structure and the major functions of cellular membranes before introducing the fluid mosaic model of the phospholipid bilayer, and transport, recognition, and receptor proteins. The concepts of simple and facilitated diffusion, passive and active transport, and osmosis are illustrated. Endocytosis and exocytosis, the role of contractile and central vacuoles, and how desmosomes and tight junctions tie cells together and how plasmodesmata and gap junctions facilitate communication are explained.
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