Figure 2-49. The structure of the cytoplasm.

Figure 2-49The structure of the cytoplasm

The drawing is approximately to scale and emphasizes the crowding in the cytoplasm. Only the macromolecules are shown: RNAs are shown in blue, ribosomes in green, and proteins in red. Enzymes and other macromolecules diffuse relatively slowly in the cytoplasm, in part because they interact with many other macromolecules; small molecules, by contrast, diffuse nearly as rapidly as they do in water. (Adapted from D.S. Goodsell, Trends Biochem. Sci. 16:203–206, 1991.)

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