|Active transport||Type of transport that requires an input of energy to occur|
|Concentration gradient||A region of space over which the concentration of a substance changes|
|ATP||Adenosine triphosphate, the primary energy carrier in living things|
During active transport, substances move against the concentration gradient, from an area of low concentration to an area of high concentration. This process is “active” because it requires the use of energy (usually in the form of ATP). It is the opposite of passive transport.
Active transport requires assistance from carrier proteins, which change conformation when ATP hydrolysis occurs.
Common mistakes and misconceptions
- Active transport is not the same as facilitated diffusion. Both active transport and facilitated diffusion do use proteins to assist in transport. However, active transport works against the concentration gradient, moving substances from areas of low concentration to areas of high concentration. In addition, the types of proteins that they use are different. (See below.)
- Active transport uses carrier proteins, not channel proteins. These carrier proteins are different than the ones seen in facilitated diffusion, as they need ATP in order to change conformation. Channel proteins are not used in active transport because substances can only move through them along the concentration gradient.
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- is sweating a form of active transport(13 votes)
- I think that sweating is a form of passive transport as heat that is generated in the cells inside your skin is moving WITH the concentration gradient from hot (inside) to cold (outside). I think that's right. I haven't yet studied the videos on perspiration.(25 votes)
- What is the difference between facilitated diffusion and active transport?(7 votes)
- Facilitated diffusion is a type of passive transport and along the gradient. Think of a pipe connecting a full tank of water to an empty one. Active transport is against the gradient. Think of a pump moving water from a nearly empty tank to an almost full one.(19 votes)
- What is importance of active transport ?(6 votes)
- Active transport is important because it allows substances to move against the concentration gradient. This helps it maintain the appropriate balance of substances in the cell.(8 votes)
- Are the largest molecules moved by only active transport or also by passive?(6 votes)
- No, actually both facilitated diffusion and active transport occur. When the molecules moving from high to low conc. like Glucose is very large, then we need channel proteins to move them into the cell, and channel protein only because they have the shape and structure to do so, so that the movement is only unidirectional (into the cell). Active transport transports or moves materials against the concentration gradient, that is, from low to high, and the size doesn't matter here like facilitated diffusion, only the concentration.(5 votes)
- what is hydrophillic and hydrophobic? Please answer(1 vote)
- Hydrophilic means a molecule or part of a molecule is attracted to water. Hydrophobic means the opposite, it repels water.(12 votes)
- How does the carrier protein change shape? Can the protein somehow bend, or does it chemically change?(5 votes)
- I don't understand active and passive transport i need help.(3 votes)
- Active transport uses energy to transport molecules across the plasma membrane. This uses energy from ATP. They also use pumps to get molecules in or out of the cell. Passive Transport does NOT use energy to transport molecules across the membrane. This can also just be molecules diffusing across the permeable membrane or a direct channel which they can enter or exit.(7 votes)
- How do carrier/channel proteins select which particles to pass through and when?
How do aquaporins only let water in? How can the cell control the amount of water that can diffuse through aquaporins? How come the channel protein will not bring in potassium ions when it needs to bring in sodium ions?(4 votes)
- Hi ! The shapes of the channels is very specifically adapted to letting only one type of molecules through. For example, aquaporins are shaped in a way that only water can pass through (because water has a specific structure and charge). Sodium and potassium do not have the same size nor shape and therefore one cannot use the channel of the other as well.
The cell can control the amount of water that it lets in or out, by controlling the amount of aquaporins in its membrane. This is done by exocytosis/endocytosis of aquaporins, that can be controlled for example by antidiuretic hormons (that tend to provoke endocytosis of aquaporins).(4 votes)
- do active mean energy and positive(4 votes)
- active transport uses energy to move and passive transport moves without using energy hoped this helped(4 votes)
- what actually makes particles move down the concentration gradient? as in, why are particles by random motion able to passively move into an area of low concentration?? how can random motion lead to an overall non-random outcome??(3 votes)
- The movement of particles is random, but even with that randomness, particles have a high probability to move from the area with high concentration to an area of low concentration.
A good example would be if you get some small objects and assign them into two groups (A and B for example). However, you add more objects to group A than you do to group B. Then, for each object flip a coin. If the coin comes up as heads, keep the object in its assigned group. If the flip is tails, move the object to the opposite group. Once you're done, no matter how many more objects you put in group A then B, you should have a roughly equal distribution in each.
This isn't a non-random outcome, it's just how probability works. The chance of an object moving from group A to group B is greater only because there are more objects in group A and therefore more chances to move to the other group.(4 votes)