Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 decade ago

What substances must pass through a cell's membrane for the cell to continue to function?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Water and "nutrients" depending on the specific type of cell. Plant cells need inorganic nitrogen compounds (ammonia, nitrate), phosphate, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper,...

    Animal cells need organic substances like sugars or amino acids (which plant cells can produce on their own) additionally to vitamins and ions (iron, copper, cobalt, zinc, molybdenum, iodine, selenium,...)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are many substances but I'm assuming you mean for energy so the answer is glucose

  • 1 decade ago

    Water, glucose, ions, other small molecules such as urea, to name a few.

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