Inside a Eukaryotic Cell
The image below is a panoramic view of the
interior of a eukaryotic cell, such as a cell from your own body. The
area covered is shown in the schematic map to the right. The panorama
starts at the cell surface, passes through an area of cytoplasm, then
follows the synthesis of proteins from the endoplasmic reticulum, through
the Golgi, and into a coated vesicle. At the center of the panorama is
a mitochondrion, generating energy for the cell. The final region passes
into nucleus. All macromolecules are shown, with proteins in blue, DNA and
RNA in red and orange, lipids in yellow, and carbohydrates in green. Ribosomes,
composed of RNA and protein, are colored magenta. In a real cell, the spaces
between each macromolecule are filled with small molecules, ions and water.
Rendered in watercolor on Arches paper.
Published in Moran, L.A. and Scrimgeour K.G. (1994) "Biochemistry"
Neil Patterson Publishers /Prentis Hall, North Carolina.
© 1994 Neil Patterson Publishers