Cellular Activity: Adventure in The Endomembrane System

The endomembrane system of the cell.

In the world of business, it is important that factories produce products and then ship them out to the store in a manner that is as efficient as possible. Inside the cells of an animal (such as yourself), a similar process takes place in the cell in what is referred to as the endomembrane system.

The endomembrane system is one of the places inside the cell where proteins are synthesised by ribosomes. They are then transported from there through out the Endoplasmic Reticulum where sugar tags are added to the proteins through a process called glycosylation. This gives a function to the protein while acting as an identifier for the cell.

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From the Endoplasmic Reticulum, the proteins are then transferred to the cells shipping centre – the Golgi Apparatus. Here further processing of the proteins take place making proteins more usable by the cell. After the proteins are then transported by vesicles to their location in or out of the cell.

The cells of animals are similar in many ways to the models of business that we may find in society. Through organization cells and businesses are more efficient; thus, saving them energy in the process.

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2 Responses to “Cellular Activity: Adventure in The Endomembrane System”
  1. GodsGrace Says...

    On October 9, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Nice Work

  2. Louise Silver Says...

    On October 9, 2010 at 5:03 am

    If we all really studied the workings of our cells maybe we’d be amazed at the efficiency of them and treat our bodies with a little more respect. This is interesting!

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