Question by  Pals (28)

How might cell shape affect cell function?


Answer by  Nate24 (51)

Probably the most important aspect of cell shape that affects cell function is the surface to volume ratio. Smaller cells have more cell membrane to pass in nutrients and expel wastes. The larger the cell the less efficient it becomes. This is why extremely large cells like neurons have to have supporting cells called glia to keep them alive.


Answer by  Tiramysu (117)

Shape affects cell function, and irregular shapes can lead to disease or cancer. For example, sickle-shaped red blood cells are less flexible than normal and cause complications including anemia.


Answer by  lovebug2421 (189)

Red blood cells are round and change shape in order to move through the body's blood vessels. Also the cell can carry an adequate supply of oxygen. When someone suffers from Sickle Cell anemia, the cells take on a sickle shape. This shape doesn't allow the cells to carry adequate oxygen or move through the vessels easily.


Answer by  leilalee (67)

The shape of a cell will affect its surface area. The surface area of a cell dictates how much interaction the cell will have with its environment. Cells with high surface area are usually cells that require a lot of interaction with their environment. A cilliated cell in the lung is used to transfer oxygen in/out of the body.


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