Exam 2 prep from game Genetics

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  1. Compare and contrast DNA polymerase I from DNA pol III (at least 2 similarities and 2 differences)Are these in prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells? How are the DNA polymerases of the other type of cell denoted?
    a)Both are found in prokaryotic DNA replication, have 3’ to 5’ exonuclease activity. DNA pol I is used for replacing RNA primers with DNA while DNA pol III is used for actual polymerization. DNA pol I also has 5’ to 3’ exonuclease activity, while DNA pol III does not. b)Prokaryotic... Eukaryotic DNA polymerases would be denoted with greek letters (ex. DNA pol α, DNA pol δ, etc)
  2. —Describe the function of the 8proteins (dnaA, helicase, SSBP, gyrase, primase, DNA pol I, DNA pol III, ligase)
    dnaA- binds oriC to initiate replicationHelicase-unwinds DNASSBP-prevents unwound strands from reannealingGyrase-creates nicks in DNA to prevent supercoiling Primase-addsRNA primers for DNA pol III to add toDNApol I-removes RNA primers, replaces with DNADNA pol III-main synthesis polymeraseLigase-seal okazaki fragments together
  3. DNA pol 1 exonuclease activity
    DNA pol 3 exonuclease activity3' to 5' AND 5' to 3' 3' to 5' (no backing up)
  4. 3' to 5'exonuclease activity =
    backspace or proofreading.
  5. DNA replication: four stages:
    • Initiation
    • Unwinding (followed by priming)
    • Elongation 
    • Termination

    • Initiation: Origin of replication, bidirectional startpoint
    • Unwinding: after initiator proteins, helicase unwinds (binding to the Lagging strand template), SSBP's keep DNA from re-annealing, and gyrase reduces supercoil ahead of the fork. 
    • polymerases in prokaryotes: catalyze phosphodiester bond between 3'OH and 5'PO4. Direction is always 5'to3', cannot initiate de novo. can only add to existing 3' end.
    • Primase synthesizes short stretches of RNA because they can start de novo.
  6. Describe how eukaryotes ensure that each replicon replicates only once per cell cycle.
    • Licensing
    • factors are produced in G1, which bind to origins to license. Only licensed
    • origins can have initiator proteins bind. Once initiation is complete and the
    • replication fork moves, the licensing factor falls off and is degraded so that
    • it can’t be used again.
  7. A gene with 200 base pairs contains 60 guanine nucleotides. How many thymine
    nucleotides are there?

    You determined this using conclusions from which scientist?
    140 thymine nucleotides

    This is based on Chargaff’s law
  8. Describe the rho-independent termination process. What sort of things are needed for
    this form of intrinsic termination to occur?
    • In
    • the DNA there’s an inverted repeat in the
    • sequence in the 3’ end followed by a A-rich region. When transcribed the
    • inverted repeat forms a stem-loop which slows down RNA pol and destabilizes the
    • DNA-RNA hybrid. This pulls the weak U-A bonds apart.
  9. Genes A and B are linked, with a
    recombination frequency of 22%. If you test crossed an individual with AB/ab, which of the following is a correct
    progeny result?

    A)22% Ab  
    B) 11% ab  
    C) 39% AB
    E) 39% aB  
    F) 78% Ab
    39% because out of 100, 22 of your progeny are recombinants, so you would get 78% parentals, each at 39%
  10. This shows the flow of genetic info in a prokaryote

    1)Which number represents the coding strand?

    2)What is 6? Is it found in the mRNA?

    3)What sequence would you find at 4? What binds there?
    1 is the coding strand

    6 is the stop codon. It will be in the mRNA

    4 is the -10 consensus sequence, TATAAT. RNA pol will bind there
  11. Rho dependent

    Rho Independent
    needs Rho protein

    2 structural features: hairpin and A/U rich region at end
  12. Come back to Transcription Review
  13. Consensus sequence letters in a gene promoter region...
    • R - any purine
    • Y - any pyrimidine
    • N - any nucleotide
  14. Three primary regions of mature mRNA are the...
    5' untranslated region, the protein-coding region, and the 3' untranslated protein
  15. Describe the rho-dependent termination process. What things will you see (i.e.
    sequences, proteins, structures, etc.)
    • A rho protein binds to the rut sequence and moves towards the 3’ end. A secondary
    • structure may be present to slow down the RNA pol so that rho catches up. Rho
    • has helicase activity so when it catches up to the RNA pol, it separates the
    • H-bonds of the DNA-RNA hybrid
  16. 3 scientific experiments:
    • Griffiths
    • Salmonella pneumonia, IIR and
    • IIIS strains

    • IIR alone=mouse lives
    • IIIS alone=mouse dies
    • Heated IIIS=mouse lives
    • Heated IIIS+live IIR=mouse dies

    • Some “transforming factor” can be
    • passed on to other cells

    Avery, Macleod, McCarthy

    • Same as Griffiths
    • Isolated RNA, DNA, protein from
    • heat-killed IIIS.
    • IIIS
    • RNA+ ribonuclease+ IIR= mouse dies (transformation
    • occurred)
    • IIIS
    • protein + protease +IIR=
    • Mouse
    • dies (transformation occurred)
    • IIIS DNA +nuclease + IIR=
    • Mouse lives (no transformation)

    DNA is the transforming factor

    Hershey and Chase

    T2 bacteriophage, E. coli

    • Batch 1: grew phage in 35S, inflected bacteria. Blended up the
    • bacteria, centrifuged. Found radioactivity in the liquid (protein shells were
    • radioactive)
    • Batch
    • 2: Repeated with phage in 32P. Found radioactivity in pellet (cells)

    • Protein doesn’t get transferred to host
    • cell, DNA does. DNA is hereditary material.
  17. In eukaryotes, transcription begins when ____binds to the ____at -25. After many other TFII proteins, including _____ and ____ (both of which act to stabilize the complex) bind, RNA pol binds. Lastly, _____binds, which acts as a _____enzyme to unwind DNA. Much further upstream, there is a regulatory promoter where _____ proteins bind to the enhancer to increase
    • In eukaryotes, transcription begins when _TFIID___binds to the _TATA Box___at -25. After many other TFII proteins, including _TFIIA____ and _TFIIB___ (both of which act to stabilize the complex)  bind, RNA pol binds. Lastly, _TFIIH____binds, which acts as a _helicase_enzyme to unwind DNA. Much further upstream, there is a regulatory promoter where _activator___ proteins bind to the enhancer to increase
    • transcription.
  18. Describe two ways in which DNA
    replication is terminated.
    1)Replication forks meet and replication is complete

    • 2)A termination protein Tus binds to a specific sequence Ter.
    • (in E. coli)
  19. If RNA were the universal genetic
    material instead of DNA, how would it have affected the Avery experiment and
    the Hershey-Chase experiment?
    Explain these experiments in your answer.
    • In the Avery, MacLeod and McCarty
    • experiment, they isolated the transforming factor from Griffith’s experiments
    • and in separate test tubes, added RNase, DNase,
    • and Protease. When they inserted the treated transforming factors back into the
    • mice, those treated with RNase and Protease died while the DNase ones lived, meaning DNA is the
    • transforming factor. If RNA were the genetic material, the RNase treated transforming factor would’ve
    • lived.

    • In Hershey-Chase, they took T2
    • bacteriophages and used 32P and 35S radioactive isotopes. They found the 32P in
    • the cells, so DNA is the genetic material. Their results would still be the
    • same if RNA were the genetic material because it still has phosphates.
  20. Telomerase is used to compensate
    for what issue?

    What are the two structural
    components of telomerase?

    How does telomerase work?
    • During transcription of eukaryotic chromosomes, the ends shorten with each replication
    • where the primer is removed but DNA is not added. Telomerase is used to extend
    • the ends to protect it (like shoelace aglets).

    It is made of protein and an RNA template

    • The RNA acts as a template to build upon the 3’ end of the chromosome. This
    • elongation lets another Okazaki fragment to be formed where the shortened end
    • was.
  21. What are three post-transcriptional modifications that eukaryotic mRNA undergo? What is the relevance of each (i.e. why do they occur, what are their roles)?
    • -5’ G-cap: a methylguanine added in reverse orientation, used
    • for efficient translation (it is recognized by the small ribosomal unit for
    • binding to occur).

    • 3’ polyA
    • tail- 50-250 adenines added after a cleavage site on the 3’ end. Used to orient
    • the mRNA properly on the ribosome.

    • Splicing- Introns are taken out by spliceosomes and the exons are joined together.
    • Alternative splicing allows for more proteins to be coded from the same
    • transcript, so less DNA is needed.
  22. Describe a method of
    transcriptional termination in eukaryotes (there are many, but you guys only
    know one).
    • vThe
    • pre-mRNA is cleaved at a cleavage site after the polyadenylation consensus sequence. RAT1 attaches
    • to the leftover bit of RNA and uses its exonuclease activity to chew up the strand
    • until it reaches the RNA pol, where it and the RNA pol fall off.
  23. What
    three forms of DNA exist?

    & Crick’s DNA model is which form?

    Describe at least 4 major features
    of the Watson Crick model of DNA
    • What
    • three forms of DNA exist?

    • Watson
    • & Crick’s DNA model is which form?

    • Describe at least 4 major features
    • of the Watson Crick model of DNA
  24. Yikes! You are looking at different
    cells and in each one, a different protein/enzyme has been mutated so that
    they’re no longer functional. Describe what will happen to the DNA, and state whether  initiation
    will occur and whether DNA is made.

      -DNA Pol I




    • vDNA
    • Pol I- The RNA primers wouldn’t be removed from the 5’ end of the leading
    • strand/Okazaki fragments. Initiation does occur and DNA is made.

    • vGyrase- there will be a lot of tension
    • from torsional strain so unwinding will be limited. Initiation does occur and
    • DNA is made.

    • vdnaA- the origin of replication will
    • not be  unwound. Initiation will not
    • occur, DNA will not be made.

    • Helicase- The replication fork
    • won’t proceed past the initial replication bubble. Initiation will occur, and
    • DNA is made.

    • Ligase- The Okazaki fragments won’t
    • be joined together. Initiation does occur and DNA is made.
  25. Some quick notes to remember
    • LABEL!
    • Always include 5’ and 3’ labels for RNA and DNA, and N and C for proteins
    • whenever possible.

    • The C terminus comes before
    • the stop codon (ex. N-Met-Ile-Leu-C Stop, NOT N-Met-Ile-Leu-Stop-C),
    • otherwise it implies there’s a stop amino acid (which there is not!!).

    • If you come across a stop codon, you don’t have to continue translating afterwards
    • (unless explicitly specified) since translation has stopped. It won’t be on the
    • protein sequence.

    Follow directions! “inserts a nucleotide” is NOT an effect on the protein.

    Be careful! Translation of mRNA NEEDS a start codon. No start codon=no protein.
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    study! one of the four big problems!
  27. coding strand in transcription is the same term as
    non-template strand. (5' to 3')

    Template strand will be 3' to 5'
  28. splicing is a two step process
    requires consensus sequences at both 5' and 3' ends of introns and exons and the sequence in the intron known as the 'branch point'. 

    The spliceosome is 5 different RNA molecules, small nuclear RNAs associated with proteins snRNP(snurps)
  29. In Prokaryotic transcription can happen and right away, almost simultaneously, translation can be happening too, because...
    there's no editing and no nucleus to leave, etc.
  30. 5' cap helps with what ?
    • -where to start the process
    • -protects the ends from outside nucleases
  31. Transcription review
    • 1. TFIID binds to TATA box
    • 2. TFIIA and TFIIB bind (stabilizes complex)
    • 3. TFIIF and  RNA polymerase holoenzyme bind
    • 4. TFIIE binds, causing the jaws of the polymerase to open
    • 5. TFIIH binds and acts as a helicase to unwind the DNA
    • 6. Activator proteins bound to enhancer or regulatory promoter can interact with basal apparatus (mediator) and increase level of transcription.
  32. "Core promoter" - basal transcription factors
    proteins, that along with RNA polymerase II, are enough to intiate minimal or 'basal' levels of transcription. These are also called 'general transcription factors'
  33. RNA Pol II Promoters, two primary parts:
    core promoter, regulatory promoter
  34. Bacterial termination of transcription
    both rho dependent and independent use  hairpin loops in RNA from sequence to pause the RNA polymerase
  35. Transcription in Prokaryotes 3 stages
    initiation, elongation, termination

    3' to 5' is the template strand, the other is the coding strand or non template strand?
  36. RNA polymerases, one type in prokaryotes:

    (4 in Eukaryotes) RNA pol 1, 2 and 3 in animals, a 4 in plants
    core enzyme + sigma =holoenzyme

    core enzyme - RNA polymerase , sigma ensures that it binds in a stable manner, without sigma, it cannot distinguish between promoter sequence and other DNA sequences.
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    eukaryotic transctiption
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Exam 2 prep from game Genetics
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