Cell and Molecular Biology
Cell and Molecular Biology

Cell and Molecular Biology

Lead Author(s): Estelle Chamoux

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This textbook is suitable for intermediate level cell biology courses for BSc. students. It can also be used in first year cell biology for students who want to dive a bit deeper in cell and molecular biology. Estelle Chamoux, the author of this book, taught Cell Biology to more than fifteen cohorts of undergraduate students at Bishop's University. Her research background, combined with a passion for teaching, led her to develop several teaching strategies to increase the deep understanding of biological mechanisms. Her teaching philosophy includes a great deal of active learning, and this book is meant to support active learning by providing a basis for simulations, in-class activities and online group works. The textbook includes worksheets, which instructors can use to reinforce concepts and to develop analytic skills and critical thinking. Instructors can feel free to use or not use them.

Table of Contents


  • 1.1 - The cell theory
  • 1.2 - Cell diversity: shared and unique structures
  • 1.3 - Cell diversity: grouping cells in cell types
  • 2.1 - How can a cell be "organized"?
  • 2.2 - Designated areas in prokaryotes
  • 2.3 - Membrane-bound compartments in eukaryotes
  • 3.1 - The concept of cell differentiation
  • 3.2 - The process of cell differentiation
  • 3.3 - Differentiated cells are usually specialized
  • 3.4 - Stem cell vocabulary
  • 3.5 - Stem cell therapies
  • 4.1 - Structure: a lipid meshwork with associated proteins
  • 4.2 - Membrane properties
  • 4.3 - Membrane functions
  • 5.1 - Internal architecture and cell shape
  • 5.2 - Actin microfilaments
  • 5.3 - Microtubules
  • 5.4 - Intermediate Filaments
  • 6.1 - General principles of cell signaling
  • 6.2 - Membrane receptors: Tyrosine Kinase receptors
  • 6.3 - Membrane receptors: G-Protein Coupled Receptors
  • 6.4 - Other receptor types
  • 7.1 - Packaging the code: the structure of DNA
  • 7.2 - Organization of DNA sequences
  • 7.3 - Conservation of the  genome: protective cellular structures
  • 7.4 - Conservation of the genome: biochemical safeguards
  • 8.1 - Cell division: types and challenges
  • 8.2 - Clonal cell division
  • 8.3 - The replication of DNA
  • 8.4 - The mitosis in detail
  • 8.5 - Cellular controllers of the cell cycle
  • 8.6 - Sexual cell division: producing haploid cells by meiosis
  • 9.1 - Genome, genes and proteins
  • 9.2 - The RNA molecule
  • 9.3 - Protein synthesis: translating the code
  • 9.4 - Beyond synthesis: how to make functional proteins?
  • 10.1 - How cells die - forms of death
  • 10.2 - Cellular and morphological distinctions between apoptosis and necrosis
  • 10.3 - Necrosis
  • 1.1 - The extracellular matrix (ECM)
  • 11.2 - Receptors of ECM
  • 11.3 - Specialized structures formed by ECMs
  • 11.4 - Cell-Cell junctions
  • 11.5 - Cell-cell adhesions
  • 12.1 - Energy matters in living beings
  • 12.2 - Energy changes in cells
  • 12.3 - Enzymes
  • 12.4.- Cells can harvest energy from external sources