Seen through an electron microscope, the cytoplasm appears as a three-dimensional lattice of thin protein-rich strands known as the microtrabecular lattice (MTL), which serves to interconnect and support the other solid structures in the cytoplasm. Cytoplasm is also the home of the cytoskeleton, a network of cytoplasmic filaments responsible for the movement of the cell and which gives the cell its shape.
The cytoplasm contains dissolved nutrients and salts, helps dissolve waste products, and is an excellent conductor of electricity. It facilitates the movement of materials around the cell by moving and churning through a process called cytoplasmic streaming. The nucleus often flows with the cytoplasm, changing shape as it moves.
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