Cell Fractionation: Definition, Steps & Methods


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What is the reason given in the lesson for the use of cell fractionation?

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1. Why do cells have to be broken apart in detergent before they can be separated into different parts?

2. Which step of the cell fractionation procedure separates the cell into its fractions?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This worksheet and quiz will assess what you know about cell fractionation. Certain concepts you will need to understand include why cells need to be broken in detergent and realizing the purpose of cell fractionation.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These study tools will guide you with the following:

  • Identify type of centrifugation that permits cell fractionation to happen in one step
  • Explain how cell fractions can be tested for purity
  • Name the step of cell fractionation that divides a cell into fractions

Skills Practiced

The worksheet and quiz will aid these study skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how cell fractions are tested for purity and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding how cells are broken and separated into different parts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about cell fractionation

Additional Learning

If you're looking for more information on cell fractionation, then this lesson named Cell Fractionation: Definition, Steps & Methods will be a useful guide. The lesson will incorporate the following objectives:

  • Understand why cell fractionation is important
  • Define cell fractionation
  • Analyze how detergent reacts with lipids and water
  • Explain how a cell homogenate is formed
  • Identify what comprises differential centrifugation
  • Realize the importance of 'checking cell fractions' and why it's necessary