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1 9 Cellular Reproduction section 1 Cellular Growth Before You Read Think about the life cycle of a human. On the lines below, write some of the stages that occur in the life cycle of a human. In this section, you will learn about the life cycle of a cell. Cells grow until they reach their size limit, then they either stop growing or divide. What You ll Learn why cells are small the stages of the cell cycle the stages of interphase Read to Learn Cell Size Limitations Most cells are smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. In this section, you will learn why cells are so small. What is ratio of surface area to volume? Recall that all cells are surrounded by a plasma membrane. All substances moving into or out of the cell must cross the plasma membrane. The surface area of the cell is the area covered by the plasma membrane. The volume of a cell is the space taken by the inner contents. Because cells are small, their surface area is high in relation to their volume. This relation is called the ratio of surface area to volume. To understand this ratio, imagine a cube-shaped bacterial cell with sides measuring one micrometer (µm) in length. Surface area can be calculated as length times width times the number of sides, or 1 µm 1 µm 6 sides = 6 µm 2. Volume is length times width times height, or 1 µm 1 µm 1 µm, which equals 1 µm 3. The ratio of surface area to volume of this cell is 6:1. What happens as the cell grows larger? Imagine a cube-shaped bacterial cell that is 2 µm per side. The surface area is now 24 µm 2, and the volume is 8 µm 3. The ratio of surface area to volume is 3:1. Notice that the ratio of the larger cell is lower than that of the smaller cell. Identify Main Ideas As you read, underline or highlight the main ideas in each paragraph. 1. Explain Show the equations used to calculate 24 µm 2 for the surface area and 8 µm 3 for the volume of the larger cell. Reading Essentials Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction 93

2 2. Explain What happens to ratio of surface area to volume as cells grow? What are the benefits of a high ratio of surface area to volume? As cells grow in size, the ratio of surface area to volume gets smaller. A low ratio means a cell might have trouble bringing nutrients into and moving wastes out of the cell. Small cells also have an easier time moving substances around inside the cell. Substances are moved by diffusion or by motor proteins pulling them along the cytoskeleton. Movement of substances over long distances is slow and difficult, so cells remain small. Cells use signaling proteins to communicate. Signaling proteins move around the cell to relay messages. In larger cells, communication becomes slow because signaling proteins have to move over longer distances. 3. State Complete the table by writing the number of cells present at the end of each stage. The first one has been done for you. The Cell Cycle When a cell reaches its size limit, it will either stop growing or it will divide. Cell division keeps cells from getting too large. It is also the way that cells reproduce. A cell s cycle of growing and dividing is called the cell cycle. The cell cycle has three main stages. They are described in the table below. During interphase, the cell grows, carries out cellular functions, and copies its DNA. Interphase is followed by mitosis (mi TOH sus), the period when the nucleus divides. Mitosis is followed by cytokinesis (si toh kih NEE sis), the period when the cytoplasm divides and two cells are created. The time it takes a cell to complete the cell cycle varies depending on the type of cell. A typical animal cell takes hours to complete the cell cycle. Some cells might complete the cycle in eight minutes. Other cells might take as long as a year to complete one cycle. Stage Interphase Mitosis Description The cell grows in size, performs normal functions, and copies its DNA. The cell nucleus divides, and the chromosomes separate into the two nuclei. Number of Cells one cell Cytokinesis The cytoplasm of the cell divides, forming two daughter cells. 94 Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction Reading Essentials

3 What happens during interphase? The stages of the cell cycle are shown in the figure below. Most of the cell cycle is taken up by interphase. During interphase the cell grows, performs normal cell functions, and copies its DNA in preparation for cell division. Interphase occurs in three stages: G 1, S, and G 2, also called Gap 1, Synthesis, and Gap 2. As soon as a cell divides, it enters the G 1 stage. During G 1, a cell grows, performs normal cell functions, and prepares to copy its DNA. Some cells, such as muscles and nerve cells, exit the cycle at this stage and do not divide again. During the S stage, the cell copies its DNA. Chromosomes (KROH muh sohmz) are the structures in the nucleus that contain DNA, the genetic material that is passed from generation to generation of cells. The DNA in chromosomes is tightly wound. Chromatin (KROH muh tun) is the relaxed, or unwound, form of DNA and proteins in the nucleus. The G 2 stage is the period when the cell prepares for the division of its nucleus. When preparations are complete, the cell enters mitosis. How is the cell cycle completed? Mitosis and cytokinesis follow interphase. They are described in the next section. At the end of the cell cycle, cell division is complete, and the original cell has become two daughter cells. How do prokaryotic cells divide? The cell cycle you have just learned about interphase, mitosis, and cytokinesis occurs in eukaryotic cells. As you have learned, prokaryotic cells are simpler cells. They reproduce by a method called binary fission, which you will learn about in Chapter Label Circle the stage of interphase during which DNA is copied. 5. Name What is cell division in prokaryotes called? biologygmh.com Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction 95

5 What happens during prophase? The first and longest stage of mitosis is called prophase. Before prophase, DNA is in a relaxed, or unwound, form known as chromatin. During prophase, chromatin becomes tightly wound, or condenses, into chromosomes. During prophase, each chromosome is X-shaped. The left half of the X is one copy of DNA. The right half is the other identical copy. Each half of the X is a sister chromatid containing identical copies of DNA. The sister chromatids are attached at the center of the chromosome by a structure called the centromere. The centromere ensures that a complete copy of the DNA copy becomes part of the daughter cell at the end of the cell cycle. 2. Label Circle the picture that shows the sister chromatids being pulled to opposite ends of the cell. 3. Identify How are the sister chromatids attached? Reading Essentials Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction 97

6 4. Describe What happens to the chromatids during metaphase? 5. Identify What does the cell still need to do at the end of telophase? What happens at the end of prophase? As prophase continues, the nucleolus seems to disappear. Structures called spindle fibers form in the cytoplasm. In animal and protist cells, centrioles migrate to the ends, or poles, of the cell. Star-shaped aster fibers come out of the centrioles. Spindle fibers, centrioles, and aster fibers are all made of microtubules. These structures form the spindle apparatus which helps move and organize the chromosomes before cell division. Centrioles are not present in plant cells. As prophase ends, the nuclear envelope disappears. The spindle fibers attach to the sister chromatids of each chromosome on both sides of the centromere and attach to opposite poles of the cell. One spindle fiber connects the centromere to one pole of the cell. The other spindle fiber connects the centromere to the opposite pole of the cell. This ensures that each new cell gets one copy of the DNA. How are the chromosomes arranged? During the second stage of mitosis, metaphase, the chromatids are pulled by motor proteins along the spindle apparatus toward the center of the cell. The chromatids line up in the middle, or the equator, of the cell. If metaphase is completed successfully, each daughter cell will have a copy of each chromosome. During anaphase, the chromatids are pulled apart. The microtubules of the spindle apparatus begin to shorten and pull at the centromere of each sister chromatid to separate into two identical chromosomes. At the end of anaphase, the microtubules move each identical chromosome toward the poles of the cell. What happens during telophase? Telophase is the final stage of mitosis. During telophase, the chromosomes arrive at the poles of the cell and begin to relax, changing back into chromatin. Two new nuclear membranes form around each set of chromosomes, the nucleoli reappear, and the spindle apparatus is taken apart, as shown below. 98 Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction Reading Essentials

7 Cytokinesis Near the end of mitosis, cytokinesis begins. During cytokinesis, the cytoplasm divides. The result of cytokinesis is two daughter cells, each with an identical nucleus. What is the result of cytokinesis? In animal cells, cytokinesis is accomplished by using microtubules to constrict, or pinch, the cytoplasm of the cell in half. The cell splits into two daughter cells. How is cytokinesis different in plant cells? Plant cells complete cell division a different way, as shown in the figure below. Recall that plant cells are surrounded by a rigid cell wall. During cytokinesis, plant cells form a new structure, called the cell plate, between the two daughter nuclei. New cell walls then form on either side of the cell plate, dividing the cell into two identical daughter cells. How is cell division different in prokaryotic cells? Prokaryotic cells undergo cell division in a different way. Recall that prokaryotic cells divide by a process known as binary fission. When prokaryotic DNA is copied, both identical copies of DNA attach to the plasma membrane. As the plasma membrane grows, the attached DNA molecules are pulled apart. The cell completes fission, producing two new prokaryotic cells. 6. Name the cell structure that pinches the cytoplasm in half. Compare and Contrast Make a Venn diagram Foldable, as shown below. As you read, compare and contrast cytokinesis in plant and animal cells. Cytokinesis: animal cells Both Cytokinesis: plant cells 7. Identify What features in the figure can you use to identify this cell as a plant cell? biologygmh.com Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction 99

8 9 Cellular Reproduction section 3 Cell Cycle Regulation The normal cell cycle is regulated by cyclin proteins. What You ll Learn how cancer relates to the cell cycle the role of apoptosis the two types of stem cells and their potential uses Before You Read Cancer results when cells lose control of the cell cycle. A healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of cancer. On the lines below, write activities you think might reduce the risk of cancer. Then read to learn about how cancer forms. Locate Information Highlight every heading in the reading that asks a question. Then highlight each answer as you find it. 1. Name When are some of the important combinations active? Read to Learn Normal Cell Cycle The timing and rate of cell division are important to the health of an organism. The rate of cell division varies depending on the type of cell. A mechanism involving proteins and enzymes controls the cell cycle. The cell cycle in eukaryotic cells is controlled by a combination of two substances that signals the cellular reproduction process. Proteins called cyclin bind to enzymes called cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) in the stages of interphase and mitosis to trigger the various activities that take place in the cell cycle, as shown below. 100 Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction Reading Essentials

9 How do cells use cyclin/cdk combinations? Cells use different combinations of cyclin/cdk to control activities at different stages in the cell cycle. For instance, in the G 1 stage, one cyclin/cdk combination signals the start of the cell cycle. Other cyclin/cdk combinations signal other activities, including DNA replication, protein synthesis, and nuclear division. Cyclin/CDK combinations also signal the end of the cell cycle. How do quality control checkpoints work? The cell cycle has built-in quality control checkpoints that monitor the cell cycle and can stop it if something goes wrong. For instance, near the end of the G 1 stage, the cell monitors its DNA for damage and can stop the cell cycle before entering the S stage of interphase if something is wrong. There are other quality control checkpoints during the S stage and after DNA duplication in the G 2 stage. During mitosis, the cell checks the spindle fibers before it undergoes cytokinesis. If the cell detects a failure, the cell cycle stops. Abnormal Cell Cycle: Cancer Sometimes control of the cell cycle fails. When cells do not respond to control mechanisms, cancer results. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and division of cells. Cancer cells grow and divide as long as they receive nutrients. They crowd normal cells causing tissues and organs to stop working. Cancer can kill an organism. What causes cancer? Cancer is caused by mutations, or changes, in segments of DNA that code for production of proteins, including those that regulate the cell cycle. Often, cells can fix mutations in DNA. If the repair system fails, cancer can result. Environmental factors can increase the risk of cancer. Substances that are known to cause cancer are called carcinogens (kar SIH nuh junz). Tobacco, tobacco smoke, alcohol, some viruses, and radiation are examples of carcinogens. Avoiding carcinogens can help reduce the risk of cancer. Federal laws protect people from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace and in the food supply. People can reduce their risk of cancer by avoiding all tobacco (including secondhand smoke and smokeless tobacco) and by using sunscreen to protect their skin from ultraviolet radiation from the Sun. 2. Define What is cancer? 3. Identify What is an example of a carcinogen that occurs in nature? Reading Essentials Chapter 9 Cellular Reproduction 101

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