According to the local conditions, the cell can use carbohydrates, fatty acids, and amino acids for oxidative metabolism and energy production or, alternatively, for more specific functions.
Local availability of specific Nutrients induces different responses from the cell.
- Local plenty of Nutrients
- Cell proliferation
- Cell enlargement
- Local lack of Nutrients induces different responses from the cell:
- Cell differentiation
- Cell movement in the direction of Nutrients
- Cell elongation in the direction of Nutrients (hyphae and neurons)