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  1. Why cant 1 base make up an amino acid?
    one base per amino acid would only specify 4 amino acids

    4<20: not enough
  2. Why cant 2 bases make up an amino aicd?
    2 bases per amino acid woud only specify 16 amino acids

  3. Why is having 3 bases code for an amino acid good? (2)
    it allows for 64 potential amino acids, more than enough than we need

    *there will be a redundancy because of the possible 64 combinations
  4.  (1)
    when removing 3 mutation, the sentence made sense again
  5.  (2)
    • -a 1 base pair or 2 base pair throws the reading frame off
    • *does not produce a functional protein

    -when 3 base pair deletion occurs, the correct reading frame and slightly altered but functional protein can be produced
  6. If we add an insertion of one nucleotide, will we have a crap or functional message?
  7. What is a reading frame?
    sequence of codons
  8. What is the 3 base code known as?
    triplet code
  9. How did Francis Crick and colleagues establish that the code is based on 3 nucleotides for each amino acid?
    by making deletion and insertion mutations in viral DNA
  10. How can the reading frame be destroyed? how can it be restored? (2)
    by adding a mutation; can be restored if the total number of deletions or additions were multiples of 3
  11. (2)
    -they added bacterial extract with all necessary components with synthetic mRNA strand

    -it produces a polypetide synthesized

    *** UUU-UUU-UUU > Phe-Phe-Phe
  12. Koranas experiments
    -she repeated 2 letters in groups of 3

    -she saw a pattern

    • *** ACA-CAC-ACA
    •       Thr-His-Thr
  13. What do stop codons do?
    • they stop the string of mRNA
    • *there a 3 of them
  14. Which 3 amino acids code for stop codon?
  15.  HWat is the beginning of every strand of DNA in a cell? and what does it define?
    -AUG, Methionine

    - defines the beginning of where to start reading the message
  16.  Redundancy (2)
    -the first 2 nucleotides tend to be the same, the last nucleotide is the one that differs

    • -UUC and UUC both specify for the same amino acid
    • *changes genotype but not phenotype
    • **most amino acids have multiple codons that code for them
  17. Can amino acids be specify for multiple triplet codons?
    • yes
    • **redundancy
    • *** proline
  18. Are all amino acids specified in this code?
  19. 4 Characteristics of genetic code
    -it is redundant

    -it is unambiguous

    -it is nearly universal

    -it is conservative
  20. (characteristics of GC) Redundant
    all amino acids except methionine and tryptophan are coded by more than one codon
  21. (characteristics of GC) Unambiguous
    a single codon never codes for more than one amino acid

    ***CCG will always code for proline and only proline
  22. (characteristics of GC) Universal
    • with few minor exceptions, all codons specify the same amino acids in all organisms
    • *code works for us, animals, plants, etc
  23. (characteristics of GC) Conservative
    when several codons specify the same amino acid, first 2 bases are almost always identical

    ***Proline: CC*, CC*, CC*, CC*
  24. What is a point mutations?
    • when you take one single nucleotide and do something with it
    • *change it, insert it, take one out
  25. 4 types of point mutations



  26. (types of point mutations) what is a Silent mutation?
    change in nucleotide that does not change amino acid specified by codon 
  27. (types of point mutations) What are consequences for silent mutation?
    -change in genotype but no change in phenotype
  28. What is a mutation?
    change in the genotype
  29. (types of point mutations) what is Missense (replacement)?
    • change in nucleotide that changes amino acid specified by codon
  30. (types of point mutations) What is the consequence of missense?
    change in primary structure of protein
  31. Is the genotype or phenotype affected by Missense?
    Genotype: yes

    Phenotype : yes, amino acid was replaced
  32. (types of point mutations) What is nonsense?
    • change in nucleotide that results in early stop codon
    • *protein is usually crap
  33. (types of point mutations) What are consequences of nonsense?
    premature termination-polypeptide truncated

  34. (types of point mutations) What is frameshift?
    addition or deletion of a nucleotide

  35. What is consequence of frameshift?
    • reading frame is shifted
    • *massive missense
    • **protein comes out like crap
  36. Does nonsense affect genotype or phenotype?
    Genotype: Yes

    Phenotype: Yes, polypeptide is truncated
  37. Does frameshift affect genotype or phenotype?
    genotype: yes

    phenotype: yes, makes it look like crap

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2013-02-25 22:13:39

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