Genetic Cod2 - starting a new codon or ACT could be a codon...

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Genetic Code Rules of the Genetic Code In addition to the principles we have already discussed, there are basic rules that govern the translation of the genetic code into a protein. There are three principle rules we will discuss: 1. The sequence of bases in a codon must follow the direction of translation. 2. The code is non-over-lapping. 3. The code is read in a fixed reading frame. Rule 1 The first rule is somewhat basic. It says that since mRNA is translated in the 5' to 3' direction, the codon sequences must occur in a similar orientation so that they will be properly translated. This simply means that the first base of a codon must be located at the 5'-most end of the codon. Codons must always be read from 5' to 3'. Rule 2 The second rule means that any one nucleotide can only be a part of one codon. It cannot be a part of two different codons. Therefore, successive codons are composed of adjacent, not over- lapping, trinucleotides. For example, given the code AACT, AAC could be a codon with T
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Unformatted text preview: starting a new codon or ACT could be a codon with the first A the last letter of a previous codon. But AAC and ACT cannot both be codons at the same time. Rule 3 The final rule states that once you begin reading the code from a specific nucleotide, you continue reading it by threes until the end. The beginning of an amino acid sequence is specified by a start codon located somewhere in the mRNA sequence, this is usually an AUG, but can also be a GUG. The end of a sequence is specified by one of three stop codons: UAA, UAG, or UGA. A consequence of this rule is that the genetic code can be read in three different reading frames depending on which base one begins with. For example, the sequence: ACGACGACGACGACG can be read in the three following ways. 1.) ACG ACG ACG ACG ACG (each codon specifies the amino acid threonine) 2.) A CGA CGA CGA CGA CG (each codon specifies the amino acid arginine) 3.) AC GAC GAC GAC GAC G (each codon specifies the amino acid asparagine...
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This note was uploaded on 01/27/2012 for the course BIOLOGY BSC1005 taught by Professor Rodriguez during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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