Nucleus explained with its types and functions

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From the above diagram, which of the organ below isn't a requirement for the male reproductive system?

  • A. Bladder

  • B. Ureter

  • C. Glans Penis

  • D. Testis

  • E. Bulbourethral Gland

  • F. Epididymis

A walnut shaped male accessory sex organ located between the bladder and penis is the _____.

  • A. Ductus Ejaculatorii

  • B. Bulbourethral Gland

  • C. Prostate Gland

  • D. Ductus Deferens

  • E. Seminal Vesicles

  • F. Epididymis

In a food chain, the primary consumers are classified under trophic level  _____.

  • A. Zero

  • B. One

  • C. Two

  • D. Three

  • E. Four

  • F. Five

Cold blooded animals are referred to as _____.

  • A. Homeotherms

  • B. Endotherms

  • C. Poilokitherms

  • D. Ectotherms

  • E. Thermotherms

  • F. None of the above

All reptiles are vertebrates.

  • A. True

  • B. False

_____ cells are responsible for the formation of osteoblasts.

  • A. Osteocytes
  • B. Chondrocytes
  • C. Chondroblasts
  • D. Osteoclasts
  • E. Osteoprogenitor cells
  • F. Osteoblastic

_____ is a bone that constitute the axial skeleton.

  • A. Clavicle
  • B. Scapula
  • C. Patella
  • D. Radius
  • E. Sternum
  • F. Femur

Which of the following is false concerning cartilages and bones?

  • A. Cartilage does not have a direct blood supply while bones have direct blood supply
  • B. The process of ossification replaces a cartilage to bone
  • C. The protein that makes up cartilage is called chondrin while that that makes up bone is called ossein
  • D. Cartilage grows from both ends while bones grow from one of its epiphysis
  • E. They both have living cells within them
  • F. Haversian system is absent in cartilage but present in bones

Types of Cell Nucleus:

All living organisms are composed of one or more cells. In light of this, a cell refers to the smallest, basic, structural and functional unit of life.

Depending on the type of cell constituting an organism, a nucleus may be distinct (clearly defined) or not. In this regard, cells are generally classified into two types. These are:

  1. Prokaryotic Cell
    Please read on prokaryotic cell here.

  2. Eukaryotic Cell


Recall that an eukaryotic cell has a clearly defined nucleus. Therefore, our discussion on the types of cell based on their nuclear distribution (or number of nucleus) will dwell on eukaryotes. To this end, eukaryotic cells may have a single, double, or more nuclei present within it at a specific point in time. Interestingly, certain eukaryotic cells may even lack nucleus at a point in their lifespan.

Please read an introduction to eukaryotic cells here.


Certain cells without nucleus at a point in time are still considered as eukaryotic since they were once nucleated at one point in their lifespan.

Please read on the concept of cell here.


Cells can be categorized based on the distribution (or number) of nucleus present within them. They include:

  • Enucleate Cell

  • Uninucleate Cell

  • Binucleate Cell

  • Multinucleate Cell

Enucleate, Uninucleate, Binucleate and Multinucleate Cell - Len Academy

Image showing the various distribution of nucleus in an eukaryotic cell.

Please read a detailed explanation on cell nucleus here.


Enucleate cell refers to a cell without nucleus at a point in its lifespan. As a result, they do not have genetic materials, and will therefore lack the capacity of cell division. 

Examples of eukaryotic enucleated cells (nucleus lacking eukaryotic cells) include matured red blood cells, osteoclasts and mature sieve tubes cell of phloem in plants.

Please read on red blood cells and hemoglobin here.

Note: Enucleation is a concept in microbiology that refers to the removal a cell's nucleus, and replacing it with a different nucleus. This may be applied in the production of hybrid animals and plants. However, scientist had utilized this knowledge of enucleation in achieving organism cloning.

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Uninucleate cell has only one nucleus. These are generally referred to as monokaryotic cells, and are present in most plants and animals. Examples of uninucleated cells include smooth muscle cells, cardiac muscle cells, leukocytes, neurons, keratinocytes and adipocytes in humans.

You can read on the forebrain here.


Binucleate cell have two nuclei at a time, and are referred to as diakaryotic. Some cells of the liver, bladder, cartilage and cardiac muscle are examples of binucleated cells. Also, a protist like paramecium is unicellular and binucleated. 

Please read on protists explained with their characteristics here.

Meanwhile, understand that most cancerous cells are binucleated.


Multinucleate cell contains more than one nuclei at a point in time. They are generally termed as polynucleated, polynuclear or syncytium. Examples include cells of the skeletal muscle fiber, blood cells, bone marrow cells, latex cells in plants, tapetal cells of plants, storage cells of douglas-fir seeds, latex vessels and slime mould cell.

You can read on bones of the human skeleton here.


Functions of the Nucleus

Recall that the nucleus is regarded as the most important organelle in a cell. This is true because it coordinates the activities of the cell. Below are the functions of the cell nucleus:

  1. The nucleus is the center of control in the cell. It coordinate and regulates various cellular activities. Examples of such cellular activities include growth, reproduction and metabolism.
    Please read on homeostasis here.

  2. The nucleus can initiate a programmed cell death called apoptosis. This action of the nucleus can play a role in cancer prevention.

  3. The nucleus houses DeoxyRibonucleic Acid (DNA). The DNA is the genetic material of the cell, and they make up the chromosomes.
    You can read interesting facts for students in biology here.

  4. DNA replication and its eventual transcription into RNA occurs in the nucleus.

  5. The nucleus serve as the information center of the cell. This is true because it houses the organism’s genetic code, which determines the amino acid sequence, and these are crucial for the cell's proper functioning.
    Please read the concept of organelles here.

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