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bicd 100 - lecture 4 - LECTURE - 4 1. The Genetic Code 2....

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Unformatted text preview: LECTURE - 4 1. The Genetic Code 2. DNA Replication and Chromosomal Duplication Codons: Triplets of Bases • The flow of information from gene to protein is based on a triplet code: a series of nonoverlapping, three-nucleotide words • Example: AGT at a particular position on a DNA strand results in the placement of the amino acid serine at the corresponding position of the polypeptide to be produced LE 17-4 Gene 2 DNA molecule Gene 1 Gene 3 DNA strand (template) 5′ 3′ TRANSCRIPTION mRNA 5′ 3′ Codon TRANSLATION Protein Amino acid Third mRNA base (3′ end) First mRNA base (5′ end) LE 17-5 Second mRNA base Molecular Components of Transcription • RNA synthesis is catalyzed by RNA polymerase, which pries the DNA strands apart and hooks together the RNA nucleotides • RNA synthesis follows the same basepairing rules as DNA, except uracil substitutes for thymine • The DNA sequence where RNA polymerase attaches is called the promoter; in prokaryotes, the sequence signaling the end of transcription is called the terminator • The stretch of DNA that is transcribed is called a transcription unit LE 17-7 Promoter Transcription unit 5 3′ Start point RNA polymerase 3 5′ DNA Initiation 5′ 3′ 3′ 5′ RNA Template strand Unwound tran- of DNA DNA script Elongation Rewound DNA 5′ 3′ 5′ RNA transcript 5′ 3′ 5′ 3′ 5′ 3′ Termination Completed RNA transcript 3′ 3′ 5′ LE 17-7 Elongation Non-template strand of DNA RNA nucleotides RNA polymerase 3′ 3′ end 5′ 5′ Direction of transcription (“downstream”) Newly made RNA Template strand of DNA Eukaryotic cells modify pre-RNA after transcription • Enzymes in the eukaryotic nucleus modify pre-mRNA before they are dispatched to the cytoplasm in the form of mRNA • During RNA processing, both ends of the primary transcript are usually altered: - The 5′ end receives a modified nucleotide cap - The 3′ end gets a poly-A tail • These modifications at the two ends serve several functions: – They seem to facilitate the export of mRNA – They protect mRNA from hydrolytic enzymes – They help ribosomes attach to the 5’ end • Also, introns are cut out, and the exons are spliced together RNA Processing Molecular Components of Translation • A cell translates an mRNA message into protein with the help of transfer RNA (tRNA) • Molecules of tRNA are not identical: – Each carries a specific amino acid on one end – Each has an anticodon on the other end; the anticodon base-pairs with a complementary codon on mRNA LE 17-26 TRANSCRIPTION DNA 3′ 5′ RNA polymerase RNA transcript RNA PROCESSING Exon RNA transcript (pre-mRNA) Intron Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase NUCLEUS CYTOPLASM FORMATION OF INITIATION COMPLEX Amino acid AMINO ACID ACTIVATION tRNA mRNA Growing polypeptide Activated amino acid 3′ A P E Ribosomal subunits 5′ TRANSLATION E A Codon Ribosome Anticodon LE 17-13 Amino acids Polypeptide tRNA with amino acid attached Ribosome tRNA Anticodon 5′ Codons mRNA 3′ LE 17-12 Gene DNA Exon 1 Intron Exon 2 Intron Exon 3 Transcription RNA processing Translation Domain 3 Domain 2 Domain 1 Polypeptide Point mutations can affect protein structure and function • Mutations are changes in the genetic material of a cell or virus • Point mutations are chemical changes in just one base pair of a gene • The change of a single nucleotide in a DNA template strand leads to production of an abnormal protein LE 17-23 Wild-type hemoglobin DNA 3′ Mutant hemoglobin DNA 5′ 3′ mRNA 5′ mRNA 3′ Normal hemoglobin 5′ 5′ 3′ Sickle-cell hemoglobin Sickle-Cell Disease: A Simple Change in Primary Structure • A slight change in primary structure can affect a protein’s conformation and ability to function • Sickle-cell disease, an inherited blood disorder, results from a single amino acid substitution in the protein hemoglobin LE 5-21a 10 µm Red blood Normal cells are cell shape full of individual hemoglobin molecules, each carrying oxygen. 10 µm Red blood cell shape Fibers of abnormal hemoglobin deform cell into sickle shape. LE 5-21b Sickle-cell hemoglobin Normal hemoglobin Primary structure Val His Leu Thr Pro Glu Glu 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Secondary and tertiary structures β subunit Function Secondary and tertiary structures Molecules do not associate with one another; each carries oxygen. His Leu Thr Pro Val Glu 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Exposed hydrophobic region β subunit α Quaternary structure β Val β α Quaternary Normal hemoglobin structure (top view) Primary structure Sickle-cell hemoglobin β α Function Molecules interact with one another to crystallize into a fiber; capacity to carry oxygen is greatly reduced. β α Types of Point Mutations • Point mutations within a gene can be divided into two general categories – Base-pair substitutions – Base-pair insertions or deletions Substitutions • A base-pair substitution replaces one nucleotide and its partner with another pair of nucleotides • Base-pair substitution can cause missense or nonsense mutations • Missense mutations still code for an amino acid, but not necessarily the right amino acid • Nonsense mutations change an amino acid codon into a stop codon, nearly always leading to a nonfunctional protein • Missense mutations are more common LE 17-24 Wild type mRNA 5′ Protein 3′ Stop Amino end Carboxyl end Base-pair substitution No effect on amino acid sequence (Silent mutation) U instead of C Stop Missense A instead of G Stop Nonsense U instead of A Stop Third mRNA base (3′ end) First mRNA base (5′ end) LE 17-5 Second mRNA base Insertions and Deletions • Insertions and deletions are additions or losses of nucleotide pairs in a gene • These mutations have a disastrous effect on the resulting protein more often than substitutions do • Insertion or deletion of nucleotides may alter the reading frame, producing a frameshift mutation LE 17-25 Wild type mRNA 5′ Protein 3′ Stop Carboxyl end Amino end Base-pair insertion or deletion Frameshift causing immediate nonsense Extra U Stop Frameshift causing extensive missense Missing Insertion or deletion of 3 nucleotides: no frameshift but extra or missing amino acid Missing Stop Mutagens • Spontaneous mutations can occur during DNA replication, recombination, or repair • Mutagens are physical or chemical agents that can cause mutations Figure 1-8-1 Figure 1-8-2 Figure 1-8-3 DNA Replication • Noting the regular base pairing in their model of the DNA double helix, Watson and Crick proposed that DNA could be synthesized using the existing (parental) strands as templates to form new (daughter) strands. • Theoretically, replication could proceed either by a conservative, semiconservative, or dispersive mechanism. • In 1958, Meselson and Stahl experimentally proved the mechanism to be semiconservative. Semiconservative DNA Replication ...
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