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The Cell as a Metabolic System

  • Hans Mohr
  • Peter Schopfer
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Abstract

Living systems are in a state of continuous change. The molecules and molecular aggregates which form a cell have a life-time generally very much shorter than that of the cell itself. The continuous synthesis and degradation (turnover) that can be described in a system under steady state conditions as dynamic equilibrium (see p. 41) means that the cell is a structure of material which is extremely dynamic. In addition to this, the cell is also characterised by the time-dependent features of growth, differentiation and morphogenesis which demand a controlled deviation from the stationary condition and place additional demands on the metabolic efficiency and on the regulatory mechanisms of the cell. In the section which follows a short overview of the mechanisms and laws governing metabolism is given.

Keywords

Proton Pump Metabolic System Saturation Curve Head Part Allosteric Effector 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Mohr
    • 1
  • Peter Schopfer
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für BotanikBiologisches Institut II der UniversitätFreiburgGermany

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