|My Cell Organelles|
Charlie and Bobby Jo’s Excellent Adventure
A long, long, long, really long time from now, there were two little, curious ten year olds named Charlie and Bobby Jo. One day they decided to hop into the "magic shrinker machine" that their parents brought them for their birthdays. The magic shrinker machine shrunk them to a chosen size of 1 nm. WHOOSH! The machine catapulted them through the air right smack dab into the water dish of their dog FiFi, a scruffy poodle.
BARK! BARK! Oh no, here come FiFi and boy does she look thirsty! Their faithful companion had no hesitations as she quickly slurped down all the water. Next thing Charlie and Bobby Jo knew, they were headed towards an exciting journey filled with a learning experience they will never forget. WEEEE!! "Gee Bobby Jo, this is the best water slide I’ve ever been on," exclaimed Charlie as they slid down the throat deep into FiFi’s internal system. Slightly shaken, but not stirred, the two children began to cruise around and explore their surroundings.
GRRR! Charlie and Bobby Jo heard a ferocious growl as it echoed around them. "Oh no, it’s a germy monster! We better get out of here. Let’s hitch a ride on that particle over there." They quickly ran and jumped on a food particle that was soon engulfed by endocytosis, where they travel into the cell in a food vesicle made by their friend Mr. Membrane. After entering the cell, Charlie and Bobby Jo decided to dig a whole through the food vesicle so they could watch the organelles in the cell function. The first process they see is their transporting food vesicle interacting with its bonding friend named Lysosome, who came from Golgi apparatus, the molecular mail station of the cell. Luckily, the two little children had a video camera with them and were able to record the process. After watching for a few minutes they felt themselves being drifted by the cytoplasm and they were stopped abruptly when they bumped into a part of the framework of the cytoskeleton.
While swimming in the cytoplasm, they noticed a large, powerful structure protruding from the depth of the cell. Charlie and Bobby Jo knew what this part of the cell was because they had learned about it in Mrs. Ulry's Bio202 class; it was the nucleus. "Wow Charlie," exclaimed Bobby Jo, "I never knew a nucleus would look so cool." After they explored the nucleus, their attention was drawn to a ribosome and its process of protein synthesis. They whipped out the camera and watched ribosomes that were attached to the rough endoplasmic reticulum of the cell. This fascinated them for a while and they couldn’t seem to get enough of all that was happening around them. Since they were so engrossed with the surroundings, they didn’t’ see the secondary lysosome that was headed right toward them. They were roughly pushed out of the cell through exocytosis before they could get out of the way.
"Darn," said Charlie, "I wish we could have stayed longer." "That’s all right," said Bobby Jo, "it’s time for dinner anyway. How are we going to get out of here?" Before they could even think about it, they began to hear a sound. "A-A-A-A-A.....CHOO!" Bobby Jo and Charlie shot out of FiFi and across the room and landed inside their magic shrinker machine. They pushed reverse on their machine, grew to normal size, and went to wash up for dinner. Charlie and Bobby Jo couldn’t wait to tell their parents about their exciting day.