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Eukaryotic cells

Cells that make up animals, plants, fungi and protista. They are three-dimensional, membrane-bound sacs containing cytoplasm, a nucleus and a range of membrane-bound organelles.

prokaryotic

A unicellular organism that lacks a membrane bound nucleus or any other membrane bound organelle.

Nucleus

The part of a cell that controls the cell function and contains the chromosomes.

Fungi

Fungi (singular fungus) are either uni-cellular, as in yeasts, or multi-cellular, as in mushrooms, toadstools and moulds. Fungi have a nucleus, cytoplasm and a cell wall

Cells and cell organelles

Cells come in an enormous variety of shapes and forms, but there are two main types of cell – eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic cells.

Cells and cell organelles

Eukaryotic organisms include animals, fungi and plants. Almost all eukaryotic cells have some characteristics in common. They are three-dimensional, membrane-bound sacs containing cytoplasm, a nucleus and a range of membrane-bound organelles. The membrane which surrounds eukaryotic cells and the organelles is a very important structure. More detail is given on page 4 of this resource.

Scanning electron micrographs can give you insight into the 3D shape of cells, while transmission electron micrographs provide details about the structure of the organelles.

outside of RBC and WBC
sheep golgi apparatus

Scanning (left) and transmission (right) electron micrographs of cells (Image courtesy of CC0 1.0)

Animal cells

The protoplasm of animal cells contain organelles that are common to most cells. Click on the diagram below to find out more about some of them.

Key features of an animal cell

Movement of proteins from RER through the Golgi apparatus to the outside of the cell