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Cell Signalling and Transduction MCQ Questions & Answers

Cell Signalling and Transduction MCQs : This section focuses on the "Cell Signalling and Transduction". These Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) should be practiced to improve the Cell Signalling and Transduction skills required for various interviews (campus interview, walk-in interview, company interview), placement, entrance exam and other competitive examinations.




Question 1

SH2 domains specifically bind to

A. phosphorylated serine residues
B. phosphorylated tyrosine residues
C. GDP
D. Ca2+

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Question 2

Which of the following statement is correct?

A. Cell communicate with one another in multicellular organisms using extracellular signaling molecules or hormones
B. Cell communicate with one another in unicellular organisms using extracellular signaling antigen and antibody
C. Cell communicate with one another in multicellular organisms using intracellular signaling molecules only
D. Cell communicate with one another in unicellular organisms using intracellular signaling antigen and antibody

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Question 3

The enzyme that catalyzes the splitting of PIP2 into two molecules of inositol triphosphate (IP3) and diacylglycerol in cell signaling, is

A. phosphokinase C
B. phospholipase C
C. phosphodiesterase C
D. lipokinase

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Question 4

Small charged molecules, often biogenic amines function as

A. hormones
B. neurotransmitters
C. both (a) and (b)
D. none of these

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Question 5

The binding of ligands to many G-proteins linked receptors leads to shortlived

A. increase in the concentration of certain intracellular signaling molecules called second messenger
B. decrease in the concentration of certain intracellular signaling molecules called second messenger
C. increase in the concentration of certain extracellular signaling molecules called first messenger
D. decrease in the concentration of certain extracellular signaling molecules called first messenger

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Question 6

Which of the following statements about G proteins is false?

A. They are involved in signal cascades
B. They bind to and are regulated by guanine nucleotides
C. They become activated when bound to GDP
D. They must be active before the cell can make needed cAMP

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Question 7

In terms of cell communication, what do bacterial pathogens such as cholera and anthrax have in common?

A. They destroy the receptors for key signaling molecules
B. They prevent the production of key signaling molecules
C. They alter the chemical structure of key signaling molecules
D. They block the normal functioning of signal transduction mechanisms

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Question 8

Which of the following is true about a hydrophilic signaling molecule?

A. Its receptor is located in the cytosol of the target cell
B. It might trigger a signal cascade that causes some effect in a cell
C. Since it can enter the cell, it directly affects some specific cell process
D. It is a steroid

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Question 9

Self-phosphorylation is an excellent mechanism for triggering specific catalytic function of the proteins involved in signal cascades because it

A. changes the shape and thus the enzymatic activity of the proteins involved
B. makes the receptor more likely to capture the signaling, molecule
C. allows hydrophilic signaling molecules to cross the plasma membrane
D. None of the above

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Question 10

A cell is known to respond to a particular signaling molecule. Which of the following must be true of this cell?

A. It is in the heart muscle
B. It is also the site of production for the signaling molecule
C. It contains the receptor for the signaling molecule
D. It is incapable of signal transduction

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Question 11

Which of the following statement is incorrect?

A. The principal lipophilic hormones that binds to receptors located in the plasma membranes are prostaglandins
B. Prostaglandins are synthesized from arachidonic acid
C. Prostaglandins act as paracrine signaling molecules
D. None of the above

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Question 12

Cell signaling can be classified into

A. three distinct types based on the distance over which the signaling molecules act
B. two distinct types based on the distance over which the signaling molecules act
C. three distinct types based on the signaling molecules
D. none of the above

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Question 13

Why is it that inhaling nitric oxide reduces blood pressure only in the lung tissue and not elsewhere in the body*?

A. Because other body tissues use a different signaling molecule
B. Because nitric oxide cannot cross cell membranes and enter the blood
C. Because nitric oxide breaks down quickly and thus cannot travel far
D. None of the above

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Question 14

In the signal transduction mechanism known as protein phosphorylation

A. the signaling molecule binds to a surface receptor
B. receptor kinases play a key role in triggering the signal cascade
C. phosphorylated proteins act with enzymes to trigger the signal cascade
D. All of the above

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Question 15

cAMP and cGMP are derived from

A. ATP and GTP by the actions of adenylate cyclase and guanylate cyclase respectively
B. GTP and ATP by the actions of adenylate cyclase and guanylate cyclase respectively
C. ATP and GTP by the actions of guanylate cyclase and adenylate cyclase respectively
D. none of the above

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Question 16

Two key organizing principles for large multicellular organisms are

A. prokaryotic cell structure and cell specialization
B. cell specialization and communication between cells
C. communication between cells and simple nerve reflexes
D. simple nerve reflexes and cell specialization

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Question 17

Simple nerve reflexes use signaling molecules called

A. neurotransmitters
B. nitric oxides
C. G proteins
D. proteases

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Question 18

A signal cascade induced by adrenaline or thyroxine

A. must begin with receipt of the signal molecule by a surface receptor
B. involves the activation of a G protein
C. results in the activation of a sequence of enzymes needed for the cell effect
D. all of the above

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Question 19

The major second messengers are

A. cAMP
B. cGMP
C. DAG
D. All of these

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Question 20

Which of the following is not a type of signaling molecule?

A. Testosterone
B. Insulin
C. Thyroxin
D. Adenylate cyclase

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Question 21

Which of the following comes under the category of cell surface receptor?

A. Enzyme linked receptors
B. Ion-channel linked receptors
C. G protein linked receptors
D. All of these

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Question 22

Which of the following is a second messenger?

A. lnositol 1,4,5-triphosphate
B. Diacyl glycerol
C. Phospholipase C
D. Both (a) and (b)

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Question 23

Nitroglycerin has long been administered to human patients suffering from chronic chest pain (angina). This medication works because it

A. mimics the action of signal receptors
B. is broken down into hormones that affect the heart
C. interferes with chemical cascades that trigger contraction of heart muscle
D. breaks down into nitric oxide, which increases blood flow to the heart

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Question 24

In vasodilation, proper nerve signals sent to blood vessels cause

A. the release of nitric oxide from endothelial cells
B. relaxation of smooth muscle cells
C. reduced blood pressure
D. All of the above

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Question 25

In paracrine signaling, the signaling molecules affects only

A. target cells close to the cell from which it was secreted
B. target cells distant from its site of synthesis in cells of an endocrine organ
C. both (a) and (b)
D. none of the above

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Question 26

Which of the following is a hormone whose action requires a cell surface receptor?

A. Nitric oxide
B. Progesterone
C. Adrenaline
D. Growth factors

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Question 27

Which of the following processes involve the combining of a message from one signaling molecule with that of another to either enhance or inhibit a cellular effect?

A. Signal transduction
B. Signal reception
C. Signal integration
D. Signal amplification

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Question 28

If a disease of the blood vessels caused the endothelial cells of the vessel to die, what effect would that have on the cellular activities associated with vasodilation?

A. Nitric oxide would no longer be produced
B. Smooth muscle cells could not be made to relax
C. It would be more difficult to increase blood flow and reduce blood pressure
D. All of the above

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Question 29

The hormone or ligand can be considered as

A. first messenger
B. second messenger
C. both (a) and (b)
D. none of these

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Question 30

The signaling molecules called steroid hormones

A. are made in one location of the body but have their effects some distance away
B. are hydrophilic and so cannot penetrate the plasma membrane
C. bind to cell surface receptors to trigger chemical cascades
D. never enter the blood of humans

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