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Life 201, Exam 1 Study Guide

by: Natalya Bracewell

Life 201, Exam 1 Study Guide Life 201

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This PDF of my PowerPoint covers all the material through lecture 9. It gets a little sparse at the end because I literally couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. It mainly covers main concepts. ...
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Date Created: 02/10/16
LIFE 201, EXAM 1 Review/StudyGuide Derived fromStudyGuides provided by Eric Ross LECTURE 1 KeyConcepts andTerms CentralDogma Mendel • Usedpea plantsto provethe model of3:1 inheritance • Peasare ideal because they arediploid,manysinglegene traits, onetrait per organism,andtrue breeding • Discovered3 postulates 1) Unit factors come in pairs (alleles) 2) Random segregation during gamete formation 3) Traits are dominant or recessive  Exception: height(and some others)arepolygenic—determined bymore thanone gene • Twolaws: 1. LAWOFSEGREGATION: During gamete formation, the 2 alleles of a gene separate and 1 is passed onto offspring 2. LAWOF INDEPENDENTASSORTMENT:Segregations of allelic pairs is independent  Exception: haploid,tetraploid,anyorganism thatisNOTdiploid, theselaws don’t apply  unitlawsassumediploid organisms and thatalleles aren’tclose together,thentheyarelinked andmoveas a Terms • Heredity: transmission of genetic info to • Allele: one of several forms of a gene offspring • Homozygote: diploid cell having two identical • Catalyst: a substance that accelerates a alleles of a given gene chemical reaction • Heterozygote: diploid cell having two different • Transcription: the copying of DNA to RNA alleles of a given gene • Translation: the generation of protein using • Unit factor of inheritance: the physical genetic RNA as a template material that is passed on to offspring • Replication: the copying of DNA •genes/chromosomes are unit factors for humans • Phenotype: observable characteristics that • Dominant: the member of a pair of alleles result from a combo of alleles that is phenotypically expressed when an organism is heterozygotic • Genotype: the combo of alleles present in an • Recessive: the member of a pair of alleles organism that is NOT phenotypically expressed when an organism is heterozygotic LECTURE 2 KeyConcepts Functions DNA RNA • Needs to: • mRNA is made anddegraded at a 1) Replicatefaithfully,fewmistakes rapid rate 2) Be stable(roughlysameinfoat the endoflife) • Decoding (ribosomes) 3) Storeinfo(genetic textbook) • Enzymatic activities! 4) Express info(encodeRNA to make proteins) • Many others…. 5) Change(variabilityby mutation) Capacity tochange between generations Experiments • 1927 –GRIFFITH: Bacteria can be transformed •Inserted 2 different strainsintomice:1 lethal,1 norm •Mixture ofnormstrain& lethalstrain= sickness •Changewasa result ofthe transferofgeneticmaterial • 1944 –AVERY: DNA is the transforming agent •MixedRNAor proteinwiththe R strain(non-lethal),nothinghappened •MixedDNA withthe R strain,it became a lethalstrain • 1952 – HERSHEY/CHASE: confirmed DNA to be genetic material •Isotopes:same #ofproteins& electrons, different # ofneutrons; different masses,same chemicalproperties •Isotopeswere used to label DNA andproteins,showedDNAwasinjected, not proteins StructuralFeatures DNA RNA • Double-helix •Single stranded • centralaxisotidechainscoiledarounda •Can from interesting, complex structures • 3.4Å between bases •Nucleotides have anOH group • Nucleotides haveanH • Basesare onthe inside,H-bonds •Morereactive,importantfor • A=T G=C enzymatic processes& instability • Sugar-phosphatebackbone •HasU notT •Differentchemicalproperties,Thymine • because goingoppositedirections onicate hasamethyl group strans) Contributions to DNAStructure • Rosiland Franklin • UsedX-raydiffraction,sawthe cross pattern,indicatingahelix • Knewsomethingimportantwasrepeated every 3.4Å because there were dark bands • 1953 –Watson &Crick published DNA model • Watson,Crick,Wilkins& Franklinallcontributed,WatsonandCrick just finallyput it all together • 1962 – Nobel Prize forChemistry • 8years afterthe paper,wasawardedtoWilkins,Crick,andWatson • Franklinhaddied, possiblyofradiationcausingovariancancer LECTURE 2 KeyConcepts NucleicAcid Hybridization • DNA absorbsUV light • Max at 260 nm • Interaction between ring system of DNA andUV light • Used to quantitate DNA • Hyperchromic effect: single strandabsorbs more light than double strand DNA DNAMelting • Temperature increases, separating DNA strands • Melting temp is 50% melted ( ½ are on, ½ are off) • Increase in absorbance as DNA is heated up • Melting temperature is dependent on: • Length • A=T,GΞC •GΞCconcentration ismore important because there ismore hydrogen bonds to melt NucleicAcidAnnealing • DNA melting is reversible • Slowly cool to anneal • Less errors, willhitthe optimum temperature to “lookin”correct structure • Quickcoolingwillcreateinstability • Hybridization: annealing ofANY two complimentary nucleic acid strands • Imperfect matches: depends on temperature or solution conditions CotCurves • Genomic DNA is fragmented, denatured, and re-annealed • See how quickly they come back together • More complex genomes re-anneal slower • Higher eukaryotes are bimodal (has a curve with two parts) •Genomes haverepeated sequences •1 curve: repetitive, 2 curve: singlecopy • 300,000DNA transposonsin human genome •Has alot ofbuddies, quicker to just findone • 45% of DNA genome are “junk” DNA FISH • Fluorescently labeled DNA inserted • Can label specific spots on the chromosome • DNA probes specific to a region of a chromosome • Need to know what you’re looking for • Microarray: monitor many genes at once, look at the entire genome andsee what’s different about it • Spectral karyotyping: FISH with different color fluorescent probes for each chromosome • Canspot translocation GelElectrophoresis • Migration under an electric field • DNA is negatively charged so it moves towards the positive charge • How far it migrates is based on size, shape, andcharge • Smallermoves farther, curved migrates slower VisualizingDNA onGels • Ethidium bromide • Morecommon • Inserted between DNAbases • Fluoresces • Goodfor onepair • Radioactively label • 32P atthe ends or inthe backbone(phosphate) Blotting • Pick out single band from a smear • Run gel & then find specific band of interest • Use paper towels to pull up the liquid • Now it’s usually done with a fluorescent probe, used to be radioactive •Burningpigincident….nomore radioactive • Different forms: •Southern:DNAprobe to detect DNA •Northern:DNAprobe to detect RNA •Western: antibodies todetect protein LECTURE 4-6 KeyConcepts MAINIDEA •Examinetheprocess of replication–how it occurs and whyit occurs thatway!!! Meselson&Stahl • Researched how genetic material is passed on (DNA) • Different theories: 1. Conservative 2. Semi-conservative 3. Dispersive • Used equilibrium sedimentation to prove semi-conservative was correct • N14andN15medium DNARepair 1. Watson-Crick base pairing • Reads 5’ 3’ 2. Exonuclease • Reads 3’ 5’ 3. Strand directed mismatch repair • Sees mismatchandfixes it • Recognizeswhichis thecorrect/originalstrandbecausethe new strandisnot methylated ReplicationChallenges • Fidelity (accuracy) •Problem: tautomers—H-bonddifferently andleadto mistakes •Solution:polymerasewillbackup andfix theproblem so itcanmove forward • Needsa properlypositionsOH groupto move on • 3’ 5’ exonuclease activity • Dealing with 2Strands •DNAjust copiesasit goes,the twostrands are anti-parallelbut polymerasecanONLYgo 5’ 3’ •Semi continuousreplication,forkis movingto the rightbut the other strandhasto go backwardonthelaggingstrandandreplicateinlittlepieces, OkazakiFragments •Problem: DNApolymeraseneeds aprimer •Solution:DNAprimase,anRNApolymerasethat doesn’t require aprimer • Makes a lotof mistakes,but better than losingwhole chunk of DNA • Removes and replaces RNA primer, still a break in the backbone that is sealed by ligase • Unwinding the DNA • DNAHelicaseunwindsthe DNA • UsesATP to openDNA • Problem: DNAleft openwillcreate secondarystructures, causehairpins • Solution:DNAiskept openby singlestrandbindingproteins • Not bonded superstrong,just enough to old itopen • Processivity (not falling off) • Problem: DNApolymerasecan’taffordtofalloffwhilesynthesizing • Solution:slidingclamp,likea seat belt to keep it on • Tangling • Problem: DNAis twistedarounditselfmanytimes andasit opens,tensionis created • Solution:DNATopoisomerases • Topo I:Clips one strand • Topo II:clipsboth strands, keepsends in closeproximity,doesn’t let the ends go DNASYNTHESIS • Helicase unwinds the DNA • DNA Primase anneals to both strands • 1 DNA Polymerase chugs away,building new DNA • 2 DNA Polymerase removes RNA primers • Ligase seals the nicks in the backbone ReplicationDifferences Prokaryotic Eukaryotic • 1 origin of replication • Multipleoriginsofreplication • LinearDNA • Circular DNA • About 100 nt/second • About 1000 nt/second • Occurs when there’s enough • Occurs intheSPhaseat different checkpoints nutrients • Replicationis initiatedinthe nucleus • Replication is initiated in the • Reinitiationis preventedby the original backbone DNAbeingmethylated • Telomeres andtelomerase areonly found ineukaryotes LECTURE 7 KeyConcepts DNADamage • Depurination: removal ofA/G • Deamination: removal of amino group, causes aC U transition • Pyrimidine dimers:UV light issues, occurs between neighboring pyrimidines (C orU) • Double-stranded breaks: DNA breaks in the sugar phosphate backbone DNARepair • Double stranded results in redundancy, basically two templates so one can serve as a back up • Most changes result in unatural bases, easy to recognize an issue • Strand directed mismatch repair • Excision repair LECTURE 8 KeyConcepts Recombination • Non-homologous end joining: chew back rough ends, ligase just seals the break • Quick,but DNAloss • Mostused because DNAlossis ofteninsignificantbecause onlyabout 2% ofDNAcodes for proteins • Homologous recombination: use homologous chromosome in one strand to fix the break in the broken one, flawless repair • Noloss,but canonlybe used intheSandG2 phases LECTURE 9 KeyConcepts Recombination • Site-specific • Reversible • Mechanism:breakage andinsertionat specificsites • Homologousat thesite ofinsertion • Example:bacteriophage BarbaraMcClintock •Discovered transposition, or “jumping genes”


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