Cell Story
by Angela Armstrong

Salutations, o wayward traveller. My name is Rhistorl. I am a coelacanth of the order Sarcopterygians. I have come into an l'll bout of magic that has shrunk me down to invisibility. I have encountered a single celled organism. Hey, I might as well explore...

The turnstiles of the cell

The cell membrane disapeared at the edges of the clouds of tiny water molecules. I didn't know why they were that big, big enough to see and feel. The Cell Membrane was composed of phospholipids and large specialized proteins. The Phospholipid's were arranged in a double layer, with the hydrophobic water hating lipid feet facing each other and the water loving phosphate facing outside and inside the cell. The phospholipids looks like a double row of freaky spaghetti with blue meatballs facing out the top and bottoms and short strings of spaghetti noodles falling towards each other. The specialized proteins looked like large oblong ovals of a yellow color whose job was to pull through the molecules the cell needed that would not fit through the phospholipid layer. They both fit together like a diffusable skin on the cell. The status in the cell was hypertonic. Water molecules were constantly moving and bumping into each other. There were more water molecures outside the cell so they spread out into the cell through the phospholipid layer. The cell had enough of a supply of molecules, but was bringing in more, using active transport to bring it in. Specialized proteins used ATP instead of passive transport which works from a high concentration to a low concentration which needed no ATP. Facilitated diffusion was bringing in glucose molecules because the specialized carrier protiens recognized glucose and automaticlly brings it in. But the cell membrane function I remember best is probably the action of endocytosis known as phagocytosis. When I was floating amid a cloud of water molecules, a stretch of cell membrane flexes and jumps out at me and swallows me into the cell trapped in a phospholipid layer. It took me an hour to get out. Somehow the cell maintained homeostasis through all that chaos.

Organelles I Have Known

A stream of vessicles were coming out of a Golgi Body. The Golgi Body was a yellow folded membrane. An amino acid chain went in one end of the Golgi Body, who altered it with starch and water, folded and twisted it into a proper protein shape, and packaged it into a vessicle, which took it either out of the cell to another cell, or like this one, took it to another organelle. A vacuole had a bad habbit of harassing me, hitting me on the head, ouch.

The Rough Endoplasmic Reticulem contains Ribozomes that secrete proteins to other cells, and unattached Ribozomes create proteins used inside the cell. The smooth endoplasmic reticulem creates lipids and fats, and is used to make vessicles. The rough endoplasmic reticulem was very interconnected with the nucleus.

Lysosomes are the recyclers. The lysosome contains digestive enzymes that break down old or broken organelles and makes them usable in new organelles. There are different types of lysosomes. The lysosome appears as a membrane bound sack of enzymes. It is not hurt by its enzymes.

The cytoskeleton are small structures composed of tiny protein structures and microtubululs. It supports and gives structure to the cell and creates pathways for organelles movement. The cytiskeleton was too small to impede my movements.

A vacuole is a large and nearly invisible sack containing water. Have you ever eaten an orange and wondered what the big bubbles of sugary water are? It also holds starch, pigment, and salt. You can find them more in plant cells. As I am telling you, I am presently sitting in a vacuole being bumped by a starch and getting painted by pigments. I am currently an orange-red.

Cellular Respiration

A glucose was facilitatedly diffused through the cell membrane along with a cloud of oxygen it looked like a pentagon with a tail. A specialized protein enzyme inside a roving vacuole that swallowed the glucose creating two pruyruvic acids. These entered into a mitochondria and a carbon broke off and turned into carbon dioxide waste. A high energy electron was released. A carrier molecule took the two carbon acetic acid and attached it to the end of a four carbon structure creating citric acid. The citric acid moved away and broke off one of the carbons, leaving one of the attached. A high energy electron was released and bounced gleefully, burning me a little bit. I frowned and grimaced at it, and it dimmed and darted away. The last carbon was snapped off and floated away as carbon dioxide waste. The four carbon structure returned for another acetic acid and the last high energy electron darted off. The Calvin cycle was complete. The three high energy electrons zipped to a set of six molecules called the Electron Transport Chain. A high energy electron would skip down the six molecules, losing energy as it went. Each molecule it touched would have enough energy from the high energy electron to create one ATP from ADP+P. A full molecule gives thirty-eight ATP. The splitting of the glucose is the first two. And there are six ATP created from breaking a single carbon bond, since there are six molecules in the electron transport chain. There are six carbons in a glucose. Six ATP from each carbon bond, and six carbons, plus two from the first break equal thirty-eight. I swish a fin at my cleverness. The used up electrons would be attached to the oxygen molecule along with two hydrogens, creating a waste product of water which was sent to the chloroplasts.