Cell Surfaces

Cell Wall

  1. Structure - varies with species, up to several µm thick.
  2. Function - protection, support, defies gravity.
  3. Resources extracted from cell wall include wood and pectin.

Intercellular Junctions

  1. Tight junctions - seal to prevent leakage past groups of cells (ex. intestines).
  2. Desmosome - an anchoring junction that holds cell together.
  3. Gap junctions - pores between cells allow cytoplasmic communication and transport.