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Angelica J.

asked • 10/14/16

BIOLOGY CELL SIGNALING QUESTION!!? PLEASE HELP!What are some situations where it would be necessary for signal transduction to occur very rapidly?

What are some situations where it would be necessary for signal transduction to occur very rapidly? 
 
I know that signal transduction is essentially a process by which a cell converts one kind of signal or stimulus into another, and it ultimately converts a stimulus to a specific response in the cell. And it can be done by either a kinase cascade or second-messenger pathway (I don't think I fully understand either of those). 
 
Would signal transduction need to occur rapidly in order for a cell to respond to too much glucose and produce insulin? This is a shot in the dark. If not, what are some other situations? 
 
Thank you so much for the help!
I appreciate it!

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Kendra F. answered • 10/14/16

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There are many examples you can use. Think about what happens when you walk outside without a coat on in the middle of winter. The temperature sets off a chain of events that leads to different cellular reactions like shivering (muscle contractions) and increased metabolism (glucose production/release in liver) in order to maintain body temperature.
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