What Are the Characteristics of Metabolically Active Cells?

The common characteristics shared by metabolically active cells include rapid cell division, excessive glucose consumption and high concentrations of mitochondria. In the human body, some of the most metabolically active cells include liver cells, kidney cells, brain cells, heart cells, lung cells and skeletal muscle cells. Tumor cells, which often lead to cancer, are also metabolically active cells that result from a rapid, unregulated cellular division.