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What is a gene?
A segment of DNA that produces a functional product, either RNA or protein. A unit of heredity that may influence the outcome of an organism's traits.
What is a genome?
The complete genetic composition of a cell or organism.
What is the relationship between RNA and DNA?
DNA is the genetic material. In a cell, DNA is used to make RNA. RNA is then used to specify a sequence of amino acids within a polypeptide.
What is the relationship between RNA and Transcription?
Transcription is a process in which RNA is made using DNA as a template.
What is the relationship between Gene Expression and Trait?
Genes are expressed at the molecular level to produce functional proteins. The functioning of proteins within living cells ultimately affects an organism's traits.
What is the relationship between Mutation and Allele?
Alleles are alternative forms of the same gene. The difference between alleles is caused by a mutation.
In diploid species that carry out sexual reproduction, how are genes passed from generation to generation?
When a diploid individual makes haploid cells for sexual reproduction, the cells contain half the number of chromosomes. WHen two haploid cells combine, a zygote is formed that begins the life of a new individual. THe zygote has inherited half of its chromosomes, and therefore, half of its genes from each parent.
What is a trait?
The characteristics of an organism?
What are the four important categories of larger cellular molecules?
Nucleic Acids (DNA & RNA)
What are macromolecules?
Comprised of many repeating units of smaller building blocks made by nucleic acids, proteins, or carbohydrates. DNA is the largest macromolecule found in living cells.
What is a proteome?
All of the proteins that a cell makes at a given time
What is an enzyme?
Proteins that accelerate chemical reactions.
What is DNA?
Deoxyribonucleic acid, composes the genetic material of living organisms. Stores the information needed for the synthesis of all cellular proteins.
What experiment did Griffith conduct?
He conducted an experiment that involved the injection of live and/or heat-killed bacteria (Smooth and Rough Pneumococcus). Smooth bacteria has a capsule that kill mice. Inject Smooth bacteria, mice died. Inject rough bacteria, mouse lived. Inject heat-killed type smooth bacteria, mouse lived. Inject living type rough and heat-killed smooth, mouse dies and living type smooth bateria was found. TRANSFORMATION caused the smooth type to transform the rough type.
What did Avery discover with DNase, RNase, and protease?
Using rough and smooth Pneumococcus, he found that rough cells did not transform to smooth cells when DNase was added, but still did when RNase and protease was added. This concluded that DNA was the genetic material that has the transform principle.
Explain Hershey & Chase's experiment with T2 Phage
T2 phage is a bacteriophage and infects e.coli. The phage coat or capsid is composed entirely of protein. DNA is found inside the head of the T2 capsid. The phage is only composed on DNA and proteins. A virus cannot synthesize new viruses, so it must introduce its genetic material into the cytoplasm of a living cell. The cytoplasm then grows more viruses and released (lysis). Hershey and CHase separate the phage coat from the genetic material that is released into the cytoplasm by using a kitchen blender. They then used radioisotpes to distiguish proteins from DNA. (Sulfur for protein, Phosphorous for DNA) More sulfur was found in the supernatant, so not in the cell. DNA is the genetic material injected.
How is information carried in a cell? Characteristics needed of the carrier?
-Highly accurate replication
Phosphate, pentose sugar (deoxy ribose and ribose), and nitrogenous base
What are the five different nitrogenous bases that make up nucleotides?
Purines: adenine and guanine
What is the linkage in DNA or RNA strands called?
Discovery of the Double-Helix Structure?
Watson & Crick, Linus Pauling helix of proteins, and Franklin and Wilkins x-ray of double helix
Chargraff found out what about DNA?
That amount of A equals T and amount of G equals C. Extracted chromosomal material, remove protein, and hydrolyze the DNA to release the bases.
What does complementary mean?
Two strands connect perfectly, so they are complementary to each other.
What is the opposite orientation of two DNA strands referred to?
How are the bases connected?
What is a right handed double helix?
- 2 nm diameter
What is 'A' DNA?
- Right handed helix
What is 'Z' DNA?
- Left handed helix
What information does denaturation/renaturation give?
Slow heating and slow cooling of DNA can give information on the base composition and the level of unique base sequences of DNA
What happens during denaturation?
Slowly heating double-stranded DNA will break the hydrogen bonds holding the strands together resulting in two single strands. The higher the number of hydrogen bonds, the higher the temperature needed to denature DNA.
What happens during renaturation?
Slow cooling of the denatured DNA allows the double-stranded DNA to reform. The rate of reannealing is related to the amount of DNA and the percentage of unique sequences. The greater the amount of DNA and/or the higher percentage of unique sequences the slower the rate of reannealing .
What is the COT plot?
Renaturation is graphed using the COT plot. Co=initial concentration
What are the three different DNA replication models? What is the correct one?
Conservative model, semiconservative model, dispersive model.
Crick came up with the Central Dogma of Genetics
Kornberg discovered the first enzyme that catalyzed the reaction for adding a nucleotide to another nucleotide was what?
DNA Polymerase I
What are the features of DNA Polymerase I?
-Could remove nucleotides in a 5'-3' direction and/or 3'-5' direction from the end of DNA strand
What are the problems of DNA Polymerase I?
-Only adds bases in one direction
What is the principal enzyme for prokaryotic replication?
DNA Polymerase III
What happens in the initiation of DNA replication?
Opening of DNA strands by the initiator protein, helicase, topoisomerase, and single strand binding proteins.
The site on the bacterial chromosome where DNA synthesis begins is known as the
Origin of Replication
The synthesis of daughter DNA strands is initiated within the origin and proceeds in both directions or ______ around the bacterial chromosome
Two ________ move in opposite directions outward from the origin. This is where the parental DNA strands have separated and new daughter strands are being made.
DNA replication is initiated by the binding of ______ to sequences within the origin known as DNaA box sequences
In a eukaryotic cell what DNA sequences are needed to ensure proper transcription.
1. promoter sequence (binds the mRNA for the initiation of transcription. It is the starter.)
Complete each phrase to best describe the typical structure of genomic DNA found in a cell (prokaryotic or eukaryotic)
a) Right handed
What keeps parental DNA strands seperate?
Single Strand Bonding Proteins
What alleviates positive supercoiling (also called DNA gyrase)
What makes a RNA primer?
What covalently joins ends of DNA fragments?
What synthesizes a daughter strand of DNA?
DNA polymerase III
What unwinds DNA double helix?
What excites RNA primers and fills in with DNA?
DNA polymerase I
Is sigma factor prokaryotic or eukaroyotic?
Sigma factor is prokaryotic
Are CAAT box and GC box prokaryotic or eukaryotic?
CAAT box & GC box are eukaryotic
Are exons/introns prokaryotic or eukaryotic?
Exons/Introns are eukaryotic
What is responsible for RNA synthesis?
What recognizes promoter sequence?
What is a DNA strand from which RNA transcribed?
What is a DNA strand similar to RNA transpript?
What provides a site for RNA polymerase to bind and form an open complex?
What sequence causes transcription to end?
What interacts with RNA transcript to cause RNA polymerase to release
What does topoisomerase do?
Allows DNA to move from a supercoiled state to a relaxes state. Enzyme is also called gyrase
What does helicase do?
Unwinds the double DNA helix
SSBps (destabilizing enzymes) Single stranded binding proteins. What do they do?
Keeps strands separated
What does the initator protein do?
Binds to the DNA at the origin of replication
What does primase do?
Make a RNA primer
What does DNA Polymerase I do?
Removes RNA primer and repairs any errors (proofreads)
What does ligase do?
Joins ends of DNA fragments (Ozaki fragments)
Which direction does a leading strand go?
3'-5' and the lagging strand follows
What does DNA Polymerase III do?
attaches to 3' end of RNA primers and starts to attach complementary nucleotides in the 5' to 3' direction
What are the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic replicatin?
-Different DNA polymerases
What is the origin of replication for eukaryotes?
ARS (Autonomously Replicating Sequence)
How do eukaryotic cells remove RNA primer?
Using a flap endonuclease to remove flaps
How is chromosome shortening prevented in eukaryotes?
Each chromosome has telomerase
What is transcription?
The formation of a RNA molecule upon a DNA template by complementary base pairing, mediated by RNA polymerase
What are the three basic components of transcription?
1. RNA Polymerase
Prokaryotic RNA Polymerase contains what two units?
1. sigma factor
How does prokaryotic transcription work?
1. Initation: The promoter acts as a recognition site for transcription factors. The transcription factors allow for RNA polymerase to bind to the promoter. The DNA is then denatured into a bubble called the open complex.
What happens in the iniation sequence of prokaryotic transcription?
-Binding of the sigma factor to the core enzyme
What occurs at the prinbow box?
Tighter binding. 10 base pairs from the iniation site for transcription. This is the site where the DNA opens
What is the template strand?
The one strand of DNA that is transcribed. It is read 3'-5'
What are the two types of termination?
What happens during intrinsic (rho-independent) termination?
After the synthesis of the two fold symmetry, the RNA polymerase transcribes a uracil rich sequence. When the hairpin loop forms, it interferes with the RNA polymerase causing release
What happens during rho-dependent termination?
A seperate protein factor (rho) with the RNA transcript and RNA polymerase causing the RNA polymerase to release
What are the two factors required for rho-dependent termination?
1) rut site occurs upstream of terminator, recognition site for binding rho
What can block a rho protein from binding?
What are the three RNA polymerases in eukaryotic transcription?
1. Ribosomal RNA (rRNA)
What does RNA Polymerase I do in eukaryotic transcription?
What does RNA Polymerase III do in eukaryotic transcription?
What does RNA Polymerase II do in eukaryotic transcription?
a) Core promoter: TATA box (Goldberg-Hogress box)
What are regulatory elements (enhancers and silencers)?
Proteins (factors) bind to these sequence sites upstream or downstream from the gene stimulation/inhibiting transcription
What are the two types of proteins that facilitate or modulate initiation of transcription in eukaryotes?
What do transcription factors do?
Proteins that facilitate initiation of transcription
What does a mediator do?
Mediates interactions between RNA polymerase II and regulatory transcription factors that bind to enhancers or silencers
What is endogenous transcriptional control?
Binding of proteins to DNA to block transcription is a common form of gene regulation
What is exogenous transcriptional control?
Pharmaceuticals are available that can bind to DNA or RNA polymerase
What is messenger RNA?
Intermediate carrier of the genetic code
Difference in mRNA between eukaryotes and prokaryotes is the processing required after transcription.
What is RNA modification?
-Processing(cleavage of a large RNA into smaller pieces)
Why the need for splicing?
Remove the RNA that does not code for the specific peptide
What is processing and what does it involve?
Processing happens in the eukaryotic nucleus to process pre-mRNA to produce mRNA.
What is an extron?
Region that codes for part of the gene product
What is an inton?
Region that does not code for part of the gene product
What are spliceosomes?
Combination of proteins and small nuclear RNA called small ribonucleoproteins
What is the function of 5' cap?
Cap structure is recognized by cap binding proteins, provide exit from nucleus
What is the function of 3' polyA tail?
May act as an attachment site for proteins that protect or assist in the transport of the mRNA through the cytoplasm
How many nucleotides are there? How many amino acids?
4 nucleotides, 20 amino acids
What is a codon?
A 3 base sequence for one amino acid
What is the wobble hypothesis?
Crick hypothesized that the specificity of the code is more in the first two bases allowing for variation in pairing at the third base without changing the amino acid
What are the classes of proteins?
What is the primary structure of a protein?
Linear sequence of amino acids
What is the secondary structure of a protein?
Interaction of amino acids in the polypeptide in the form of hydrogen bonds that result in the folding of the polypeptide into various shapes/structures
What is the tertiary structure of a protein?
Additional folding of the polypeptide, arranging secondary structure into a thermodynamically stable state.
What is the quaternary structure of a protein?
Interaction between polypeptides
What dictates the function of a protein?
What is translation?
The formation of a polypeptide with the amino acid sequence directed by the nucleotide sequence of a specific RNA molecule
What are the three primary types of RNA needed for translation?
What is transfer RNA (tRNA)?
Low molecular weight
What is an anticodon loop?
Has three bases complementary to the 3 base codon on the mRNA
What is ribosomal RNA (rRNA)?
Found in ribosomes
What does translation require?
-tRNAs for 20 amino acids
What are characteristics of translation?
-3 stages (initation, elongation, termination)
What is the rate of translation for prokaryotes?
15-20 amino acids/sec (prokaryotes)
What are the steps in the intiation of translation?
1) small subunit attaches to 5' end of mRNA
What are the steps in elongation of translation?
1) Next amino acid- tRNA enters the site assited by elongation factor
What are the steps in termination of translation?
1)The ribosome reaches one of the three terminaton codons(UAG, UAA, UGA).
Describe Eukaryotic translation:
Very similar to prokaryotic translation