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    Relating the structure and function of cell organelles

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    The inner membrane of nucleus will break down and allow chromosomes lying freely in cytoplasm. DNA contains the genetic information and control the synthesis of protein. Each cell contains millions of ribosomes. They are very tiny, non-membrane bounded organelles made of protein and RNA which consist of two sub-units that come together during protein synthesis. Ribosomes are distributed throughout the cell. Some of them are embedded in rough endoplasmic reticulum to translate a protein secreted into it while some flows freely in the cytoplasm for making protein that stays in the cell. Fused to the nuclear membrane is the endoplasmic reticulum.

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    The structure and function of the ileum in relation to absorption and digestion.

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    * The lining epithelium is very thin and the fluids can pass rapidly through it. The outer membrane of each epithelial cell has microvilli which increase the exposed surface of the cell by 20 times. * There is a dense network of blood capillaries in each villus for quick absorption and maintainance of the concentration of the concentration gradient. * The villi possess smooth muscle fibres that contract and relax and mix the food up and bring it into contact with the epithelial cells of the absorptive surface. * Each villus has a lacteal for the absorption of fatty acids and glycerol, most of which combine to form fats.

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    My task is to describe how the cell structure of different cells is related to their function. I am going to carry out my task by researching different cells such as animal, plant, nerve cells etc.

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    They function as an "antennae" of the neurone and are covered by thousands of synapses. These cells are linked to one another by electrical impulses and because of their long straight shape are able to transfer information around the nervous system quickly and uninterrupted. Red Blood cell Red blood cells perform the most important blood duty. A single drop of blood contains millions of red blood cells, which are constantly travelling through the body delivering oxygen and removing waste. If they weren't, everything in the body would slowly die.

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    Explain the link between cancer and mitosis. Describe how the chances of cancer developing in the human body may be increased.

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    The problem is cased by mutations or abnormal activation of the genes which control cell division. We can say that a gene has been mutated if there is a change in one of the bases; for example, one base turns (e.g. adenine) into another base (e.g. thymine). This can lead to uncontrolled cell division. When genes are abnormal (or have been mutated) they are called oncogenes (onkos means tumour), about a hundred of which have been discovered. Cancerous cells will divide uncontrollably and repeatedly forming clones of genetically identical cells.

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    Cellular Respiration and the Role of Mitochondria

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    The first stage, glycolysis is the anaerobic catabolism of glucose, it occurs in almost all cells. The process uses glucose and co-enzyme NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide), and yields 2 molecules of Pyruvic acid, as below C6H12O6 + 2NAD+ -> 2C3H4O3 + 2NADH + 2H+ The free energy stored in 2 molecules of pyruvic acid is somewhat less than that in the original glucose molecule. Some of this difference is captured in 2 molecules of ATP. The Krebs Cycle then decarboxylates the pyruvic acid resulting in a 2-carbon fragment of acetate. This 2-carbon fragment is coupled to a molecule of oxaloacetic acid , this results in a molecule of citric acid (the process is also known as the citric acid cycle)

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    The aim of this activity is to investigate the effect of a reduction in enzyme concentration on the rate of reaction, in this case the breakdown of protein by protease enzymes.

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    Risk Assessment: In this experiment there were not a lot of risk assessment that was dangerous to both my lab partner and I. The main risk assessments were to tie our hair back, we had to make sure that we didn't spill any of the chemical on the floor has this could be dangerous. Apparatus To carry out this experiment, the following apparatus are needed: * Trypsin * Milk powder * Standard laboratory glassware and apparatus * Stop clock * Colorimeter * Thermometer Reliability To be reliable, measurements should also be accurate.

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    Investigation to determine the effect of different brands of mouthwashes on microbes

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    4 6.29 mm 4.79 mm 5.81 mm 1.90 mm 5 6.45 mm 4.42 mm 5.39 mm 2.64 mm Average 6.5975 mm 4.635 mm 5.3925 mm 2.074 mm Order of Zone of Clearance of Microbial Decay (Highest to Lowest) 1. Mouthwash A - Colgate Plax 2. Mouthwash C - Listerine 3. Mouthwash B - Dentyl Active 4. Mouthwash D - Superdrug Figures 1 to 3 show photographs of some of the results I collected from the pilot investigation. You can clearly see that different brands of mouthwash had different effects on the microbes as some destroyed them more than others and this is shown by a ring of clearance around each sample of mouthwash on the filter paper.

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    Observing Mitosis. The purpose of this experiment is to prepare a slide of actively dividing plant tissue and to observe stages of the cell cycle in living tissue.

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    We put these roots into some acetic alcohol which is a fixative, so it stops and helps preserve the cells. Then we removed them and put them in ice cold water and then dried them on filter paper. After this we put the root tips in the pre-heated hydrochloric acid, this will dissolve the calcium pectate but leave the cell walls unharmed. So it breaks up tissue without damaging the cell.

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    Core practical(Why does the colour leak out of cooked beetroot?)

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    * We took nine test tubes and labelled them from A-I. And we placed 6 cm3 of water in each tube with the help of pipette. * We put nine cylinders of beet root tissues into a beaker of 150 cm3 of water. * We put a beaker on a Bunsen burner and took some water and heated the water and then put a thermometer in to the beaker. * We put beet root in to the hot water for two minutes and noted the temperature.

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    Compare and contrast the structures/ultrastructures of cells

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    In contrast to this, the similarities become evident only when the cells are looked at more closely. For example both plant and animal cells contain organelles, each one being assigned to a particular job. This is called 'division of labour'. This type of cell, where the nucleus is inside a nuclear envelope, and has other membrane-bound organelles, is called a eukaryotic cell.1There are new differences that can be discovered from using a more powerful microscope.

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    An investigation to determine how increasing the concentration of inhibitor Copper Sulpahte will affect the amount of juice pr

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    This prevents enzyme substrate complexes formation, which means the enzyme can no longer function as it should. Therefore if i increase the concentration of the inhibitor it is more likely that the inhibitor will attach to an enzyme structure, meaning that a smaller ammount of enzymes are hydrolysing the same amount of pectin molecules, making less juice each time. Once the non-competitive inhibitor binds to the enzyme, it changes the shape of the active site, making the substrate unable to fit in its active site and therefore working properly. Enzymes: An enzyme is a protein that catalyzes or speeds up, a chemical reaction.They are biological catalysts.

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    The Advantages & Disadvantages of Using Enzymes in Medicine and Industry

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    Non - competitive inhibitors change the globular shape of an enzyme so that a enzyme-substrate complexes can't form meaning a lower optimum rate of reaction. Enzymes in Medicine Enzymes can have good and bad effects to the body; it depends on the situation that they are being used in. For example some bacteria is a lot more dangerous than others because of certain enzymes that they contain, meaning that they can do things such as (depending on the enzyme) duplicate faster, inhibit other enzymes and break down substrate's that should not be broken down etc, in general cause more damage to its holder.

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    The use of pectinase in fruit juice production

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    The pectin is broken down by enzymes in the pectinase group, which include polygalacturonases, pectin methyl esterase and pectin lyases. All three contribute to the breakdown of pectins from a variety of plant materials. Pectinase enzymes are produced during the ripening of some fruits and are also secreted by plant pathogens such as the fungus: Monilinia fructigena and the bacteria: Erwinia carotovora or the fungi: Aspergillus niger. The pectinase enzymes act in different ways on the pectins, for example they help soften their cell walls (they break down the cell walls).

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    How long does it take for the action of the enzyme 'amylase' (a type of carbohydrate) to break down the carbohydrate 'starch'?

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    Factor to be investigated: The temperature factor will be investigated. This will indicate whether by increasing the temp, or decreasing the temp, will have any effect on the speed at which the starch is broken down by the enzyme. Prediction It is expected that as the temperature increases, starch molecules will be broken down more quickly. However, the temp may reach a point the enzyme de-natures, or stops working. This can be expected to be above 37.5�C. (At this temp enzymes and other biological materials may become damaged/ destroyed). The activation site may become wobble-like, and unusable, so stopping starch molecules from being broken up (see diagram).

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    How Does Temperature Affect the Action of Amylase on Starch?

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    When the amylase is heated too much, it will stop the amylase molecules working because they will die. The optimum temperature for enzymes is about 37�C because this is body temperature, and this will produce the best results. Variables: * Temperature - The changed will be changed during this experiment. I will be changing the temperature at 5�C intervals starting at 20�C. * Time - The time taken to break to break the starch down according to the temperature will be recorded. Method: 1) The spotting tile will have the different temperatures of the amylase written on.

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    The Effect Of pH On Invertase Activity.

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    Furthermore, there is a most favorable pH for enzyme - the point where the enzyme is most active. This point is known as the optimal pH. The aim of this experiment is to find out the range of pH which invertase is effective. Method This experiment was based on the premise that activity of invertase will be affected by different pH. Benedict solution was used as an indicator to determine whether the invertase had been denatured or not. If invertase was not denatured, glucose and fructose were produced. Benedict solution then would react with glucose and change its colour from blue to red.

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    Beetroot practical

    * I left the beetroot pieces in a beaker of distilled water for one night. * Next day I placed the beetroot pieces into tubes of 5 cm of distilled water and placed them into different baths with different temperatures between 0-70. * After 30 minutes I collected 2cm3 fluid from each water baht. * The fluid in each of the test tubes was analysed using a colorimeter The variables kept constant * ?The same diameter corer is used so to keep the surface area of each beetroot piece the same size.

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    Discuss the proposition that plant and animal cells are fundamentally alike

    Animal and plant cells also contain cytoplasm. Cytoplasm is a clear jelly-like material that fills the volume of the cell. It is compiled of two parts: liquid cytosol, a concentrated aqueous gel that contain large and small molecules, and 'insoluble suspended particles', which include ribosomes. [1] The presence of ribosomes enable for protein synthesis to occur. The cytosol is the site for all chemical reactions that are required for the cell to exist. Apart from the nucleus, another important organelle present in a eukaryotic cell is mitochondria.

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    Aim: To estimate the solute potential of a plant tissue.

    Another factor that contributed to the errors in this investigation was that all of the data was approximated. Every single cell that appeared in the microscope was not accounted for and therefore all collected data is not exact, but instead a rough calculation. Another error that could have occurred, and that would explain what happened to the cells that were put in the solution with .4M, is that onion skin dried out before it was placed in the sucrose water.

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    Investigation into the effect of temperature on the activity of the enzyme urease.

    This is because of the following reasons. Firstly, at a high temperature, molecules are given more kinetic energy. In a reaction, this results in an increase in collisions and an increase in the amount that are actually effective. The same applies with enzymes. At a higher temperature the substrate and enzyme molecules have more kinetic energy and therefore have more collisions with the active site will occur. This also happens in reverse. Cooler temperatures have an adverse effect on the molecules and the activity is slowed. At very low temps, the activity may even be stopped completely. At high temperatures, enzymes denature.

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    Breakdown of Starch by Salivary Amylase

    My prediction for the experiment will be that at 20�C, Enzymes will take longer to Hydrolyse starch. Enzymes work best at a specific temperature which is close to 37�C (the body temperature) and 20�C is much below that specific temperature, so at low temperature the enzymes are inactive and the rate of reaction of enzymes will be slower and so therefore this is why it will take longer for enzymes to hydrolyse starch. As I increase the temperature, the rate of reaction should get faster so it should be quicker for enzyme to hydrolyse starch. The temperatures I have chosen are 20�C, 25�C, 30�C, 35�C, and 40�C The experiment is done in software, which deals with science investigations The results of the experiment are shown in the below.

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    Investigating The Effect Of Temperature Change On The Permeability Of Beetroot Cells.

    The first affected are the long range interactions that are necessary for the presence of tertiary structure. As these bonds are first weakened and are broken, the protein obtains a more flexible structure and the groups are exposed to solvent (water). If heating ceases at this stage the protein should be able to readily refold to the native structure. But if heating continues, some of the cooperative hydrogen bonds that stabilise helical structure will begin to break. As these bonds are broken, water can interact with and form new hydrogen bonds with the amide nitrogen and carbonyl oxygen groups of the peptide bonds.

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    The effect of drugs on the nervous system

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    The PNS receives thousands of sensory inputs and transmits them to the brain via the spinal cord. The brain will then process this information, discarding around 99% of it as unimportant. After this sensory information has been processed, areas of the nervous system generate nerve impulses to organs or tissue and form a suitable response. As influences from chemicals are able to affect how the nervous system functions, it can be assumed that chemicals such as drugs are potentially able to change the way an organism functions. Whilst our knowledge of different regions of brain function and neurotransmitters within the brain is limited, explanations involving the mechanisms of drugs may be vague.

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    The Function and Structure of Lipids in Living Organisms

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    Fatty acids can be saturated or unsaturated depending on their carbon bonding and can be told apart easily because of their state at room temperature, ether solid or liquid. Saturated fatty acids are made up of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon, the carbon in the saturated fatty acid has single bonds and it is bonded to the maximum number of atoms that it can bond with. Because of this it is a strait chain which means that it can be closely packed with other chains which means that it is a solid at room temperature.

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    Skeletal System. What is the difference between the axial and appendicular skeleton? What is the difference between ligaments and tendons? How are bones important in maintaining homeostasis?

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    The human endoskeleton skeleton is a combination of cartilage and 206 bones that make up the skeletal system. It is organized into two basic units: the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The axial skeleton supports the axis or trunk of the body and includes the skull, enclosing and protecting the brain, vertebrae of the spinal column, enclosing the spinal cord and the rib cage, around the heart and lungs. It includes 80 bones.

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