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What is environmental sex determination system?

What is environmental sex determination system?


School: Clemson University
Department: Biology
Course: Fundamental Genetics
Professor: Kate tsai
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: Genetics
Cost: 50
Name: Genetics 3000 Exam 2 Study Guide
Description: This study guide is based off the suggested materials given to us by Dr. Tsai. This has chapter 5-8.
Uploaded: 02/15/2016
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What is environmental sex determination system?

Study Guide: Exam II (Chapters 5-8) 

Chapter 5 

∙ Terms:

o Nondisjunction: Chromosomes fail to separate during anaphase in mitosis or  during anaphase in meiosis (I or II).  

o Dosage Compensation: How the body deals with extra X chromosomes.  ▪ Example: Females have two copies of the X chromosome; therefore, they  would produce twice as much gene product than males who only have one  X chromosome. The body compensates for X chromosomes by creating a  Barr Body.

o Monecious: organism has both male and female reproductive systems. Meaning  that both reproductive systems are within a single individual.  

o Dioecious: an organism has either a male or female reproductive system.  Meaning that only a single reproductive system is within a single individual.  o Pseudoautosomal Region: A region on the sex chromosomes. Any gene that is  found in this region appears to not be related to the sex chromosomes and appear  to be from an autosomal chromosome; therefore, it is a “fake autosomal” gene.  ∙ Important People:

What is Klinefelter Syndrome?

o Henking: discovered that male insects have a “body” in the nuclei and he named  it the “X body”

o McClung: determined that the “X body” is a chromosome  

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o Morgan: looked at a ton of flies that he had crossed, in the F1 generation. All but  three flies had red eyes. These three flies were males with white eyes (should  have red eyes based on cross). Marked this occurrence as a random mutation.  

o Bridges: Student of Morgan. Decided that the male flies with white eyes occurred  it too high of a number to be considered a random mutation. Came up with the  theory of nondisjunction.

o Barr: discovered a dark stained body in the nucleus of cats. Named this body the  Barr Body. He noticed this body during interphase of female cat cells only.  o Lyon: Came up with the Lyon Hypothesis to explain what the Barr Boy is.  Determined that the body is an inactive X chromosome due to dosage  

Why people have down syndrome?


∙ Key Topics:

o Mechanisms for sex determination (ways to determine a sex of an  


▪ Chromosomal sex-determining system: determining the sex of an  

organism through the structure of the sex chromosomes.  

∙ A gene located on a chromosome will trigger the development of  

sex of an individual. Therefore, sex is determined on if this  

chromosome is absent or present.  

∙ What was discovered through insects: Males have one X  

chromosome while female have two X chromosomes. The males  

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o During meiosis for males: The XY chromosomes split up  and each gamete is given an X or a Y chromosome, this is a  50/50 split

o During meiosis for females: the XX chromosomes split up,  but since they are two of the same chromosomes, the  

female gametes all end up with the same chromosome (X).

∙ The sex chromosomes used to determine sex do not have to be  the same:

o XX-XY: Females are XX. Males are XY

o XX-XO: Females are XX. Males are XO

▪ “O” is a placeholder, meaning that there is no  

second sex chromosome in the males.

o ZZ-ZW: Females are ZW. Males are ZZ. Z and W are not  new sex chromosomes, they are used so it is able to be  

distinguished that the males are the ones that are  

homogametic and the females are heterogametic. (Opposite  from humans).

∙ Haplodiploidy and the Social Insects: some types of bees have  no sex chromosomes, meaning that males are developed from an  unfertilized egg.

o Males are haploid: have only one set of chromosomes

o Females are diploid: have two sets of chromosomes

o How it works: a female will undergo meiosis and develop  haploid gametes. If a gamete is fertilized by the haploid  

gamete of a male, then the zygote that is developed will  

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fertilized, it will develop into a male (it will be haploid).

▪ Genetic Sex Determination System: this determines the sex of an  individual based on the genes of the individual in question.

∙ There is no difference in the sex chromosomes, so the genes can be  used to determine the sex of an individual.

∙ This is similar to chromosomal sex determination because genes  are located on the chromosomes and are what control the  

determination of sex. Certain genes will exist throughout the  individual that will trigger the sex of the individual based on which  genes are present.

∙ This system can be found in protozoans and plants.

▪ Environmental Sex Determination System: the environment will play a  factor in determining the sex of an individual.

∙ The environment will output a signal or cue that will effect certain  genes to be activated, which will determine the sex of individual. ∙ Temperature Dependent: the temperature will trigger which genes  will be in affect and this will decide the sex of the individual. If you want to learn more check out ut uex

Warm temperatures could mean that the individual will develop as  

a male.

∙ Common Slipper Limpet: Undergoes sequential hermaphroditism.  

The sac will float until it hits a rock. If there are no other ones  

present, it will become a female and send out a signal. Another will  

come and land on the rock, when it detects the signal it will  

become a male. This occurs and many males will attach to the  

rock. If something happens to the female, the male that is next up  

will change to a female.

o Mosaic: This results from dosage compensation and X inactivation. ▪ X inactivation is caused to compensate for having more than one X  chromosome. One X chromosome is “turned off” and a Barr Body is  

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▪ Consider: a female cat is heterozygous for fur color and the gene is  located on the X chromosome. X+results in black color while X0results  in orange color. If a female is heterozygous for fur color than she would  be X+X0.  

∙ Due to dosage compensation, one of the X chromosomes will be  

turned off in each cell. Depending on which chromosome is turned  

off, it will determine what color that cell will produce. If the Barr  

Body is the X+chromosome, than the cell will produce orange  

color since it only has an active orange allele and vice versa. Due  

to multiple cells producing different colors, the individual would  

have patches of certain colors.

∙ NOTE: If cell “A” turns off X+then all cells it produces from  

mitotic division will have this X chromosome turned off as well.  

This is what helps with the pig patches of color on the individual.

o SRY Gene: Sex determining region Y  

▪ Where/when is it found?

∙ This is found in all males that are genetically XX. Absent in all  

females that are genetically XY.

o This means that if an individual is XX, but has the SRY  

gene, then the individual will be male even though no Y  

chromosome is present. If an individual is XY, but does not  

have the SRY gene, then the individual will be female  

though a Y chromosome is present.

∙ Caused genetically XX mice to become males when the SRY gene  is engineered into their genome.

▪ What does this mean?

∙ This gene is what determines if an individual is male or female and  is located on the Y chromosome. It is the first trigger to create a  


∙ Diseases:

o Turner’s Syndrome: effects females, results in having a single X chromosome.

▪ Symptoms: do not undergo puberty, immature female sex characters, low  hairline, folds of neck skin are pronounced, cognitive impairment,  


▪ Sex Chromosomes: XO

∙ “O” is used as a place holder, there is no second X chromosome

▪ Probability: 1/2000 female effected, pretty common.

▪ Distinguished: 45, X

o Klinefelter Syndrome: effects males, males have multiple X chromosomes and a  single Y chromosome

▪ Symptoms: small testes, enlarged breasts, reduced facial and/or pubic hair,  some cognitive impairment, often sterile. Symptoms are not severe enough to notice something is wrong.

▪ Sex Chromosomes: XXY, XXXY, or XXYY

∙ The more X chromosomes the individual has, the more noticeable

the symptoms, but does not increase severity of condition.

▪ Probability: 1/500 males affected, males often not diagnosed

▪ Distinguished: 47, XXY

∙ NOTE: can be 48, XXXY or 48, XXYY depending on the  

disorder for the individual in question.

o Androgen-insensitivity Syndrome: XY females (Refer to SRY Gene above) ▪ SRY or other genes can have effect on the development of sex of an  


▪ Symptoms: female characteristics on the outside. No uterus, oviducts, or  ovaries. Testes can be found in abdominal cavity.

▪ The females have XY chromosomes and all have the SRY gene. The SRY  gene starts the process of developing a male by the development of testes.  The testes secrete testosterone, but the women affected do not have the  

receptor for the testosterone. This means that further development of male  characteristics do not take place, creating a female on the outside.

Chapter 6: 

∙ Terms:

o Karyotype: display of a completed set of chromosomes, usually chromosomes in  the metaphase stage due to being the most condensed at this phase. 1st 

chromosome is the largest and the 21st/22nd chromosomes are the smallest. o Duplications: region of DNA that is repeated

▪ Tandem: duplication is adjacent to the copied region

▪ Displaced: duplication region is located some distance away from the  copied region or even on a different strand of DNA

o Deletion: a region of DNA is taken out of the sequence

▪ Heterozygous Deletion: If an individual is heterozygous for a gene (Aa)  and a deletion occurs for the “A” allele

o Inversions: the gene order of a certain segment of a DNA sequence is flipped. ▪ Paracentric Inversion: when an inversion takes place that does not  

include the centromere.

▪ Pericentric Inversions: when an inversion takes place that does include  the centromere.

o Translocations: movement of a gene region from one chromosome to another  nonhomologous chromosome. This is not crossing over.

▪ Nonreciprocal Translocation: there is movement of one gene sequence  from Chromosome A to Chromosome B (nonhomologous chromosomes),  but there is no movement from Chromosome B to Chromosome A. It is a  one way flow of genes.

▪ Reciprocal Translocation: There is movement of one gene sequence  from Chromosome A to Chromosome B (nonhomologous chromosomes)  and there is movement from Chromosome B to Chromosome A. It is a two  way flow of genes.

▪ Robertsonian Translocation: translocation takes place as well as a  deletion. Causes some forms of Downs Syndrome.

o Aneuploidy: a change in the number of individual chromosomes, can lose or gain  an entire chromosome.

▪ Nullisomy: loss of both members of a homologous pair (from mom and  dad). In humans: it is lethal. Expressed: 2n-2

▪ Monosomy: loss of a single chromosome. In humans: results in Turner’s  Syndrome if loss of the X chromosome takes place, or can be lethal

otherwise. Expressed: 2n-1

▪ Trisomy: gain of a single chromosome. Expressed: 2n+1.

∙ Double Trisomy: an extra copy of two nonhomologous  


▪ Tetrasomy: gain of two homologous chromosomes. Expressed: 2n+1 o Uniparental Disomy: both chromosomes are inherited from a single parent. o Polypoids: one or more complete sets of chromosomes that are added ▪ Autopolyploidy: all chromosome sets are from a single species

▪ Allopolypoidy: chromosome sets are from different species

∙ Key Topics:

o Duplications and consequences: duplications occur when part of a chromosome is repeated.

▪ Results in: 

∙ During meiosis, a loop will form to properly align the  

chromosomes, the duplication will be pushed back in a loop

∙ Chromosomes want to maintain a certain level of gene product, if  

it has a duplication and both genes (original and duplication) are  

active, then the gene product will be doubled. This can alter  


o Deletions and consequences: deletions are loss of a part of chromosome ▪ Results in: 

∙ Loss of essential genes, which can be lethal or the proportions  

being off

∙ Deletion of a portion where the centromere is located will lead to  

the loss of the chromosome entirely

∙ Heterozygous deletions:

o The products of the gene will become imbalanced

o Some recessive alleles that are not deleted will be shown in  

the phenotype which will result in pseudodminance 

▪ If the deletion of the dominant (wild type) allele,  

then the recessive will show/be expressed. This can  

be lethal or alter the phenotype

o Some genes require two copies to be present to produce  

enough gene produce so it can result in being  


▪ Can have the wild type allele but not express the  

phenotype because it does not have enough gene  

product being created. This will result in a  

phenotype being in between the dominant and the

recessive phenotypes.

∙ During meiosis, a loop will for to line up the homologous  

chromosomes properly.

o Inversions and consequences: an inversion is when a chromosome segment order is flipped 180 degrees.

▪ This can change the order of a chromosome or can break. If a chromosome  breaks in the middle of a gene, it will no longer be functional.

▪ Position effect: a gene A may need to be in front of gene B to make sure  that gene B is active (or inactive). If the order is switched and gene B is in  front of gene A, then gene B will not be active (or inactive). This results in  the loss of control over a gene.

▪ Crossing over taking place: if crossing over takes place when a gene  forms a loop, to make sure homologous chromosomes line up properly, then it may cause an issue for when the chromosomes split during meiosis.  Will create nonviable gametes.

o Translocations and consequences: movement of a gene sequence/region from  one chromosome to another nonhomologous chromosome. Can result in the same  outcomes as inversions.

o Aneuploidy: change in the number of individual chromosomes. Can gain or lose  a chromosome. Results from nondisjunction.

▪ Human Aneuploidy: 

∙ Sex Chromosome aneuploidy: chromosomes have mechanisms  for canceling out extra chromosomes or to compensate for a loss of  chromosomes (dosage compensations)

∙ XYY: has very little impact on the individual due to the lack of  genetic information located on the Y chromosome. This is the most  known aneuploidy overall

∙ Turner/Klinefelter: another form of aneuploidy

▪ Autosomal Aneuploidy: the smaller the chromosome is, the more  tolerated the aneuploidy is

∙ Down Syndrome (21): most common autosomal aneuploidy (a  type of trisomy aneuploidy). Chromosome 21 is a small  

chromosome with not a lot of genetic material on it compared to

other chromosomes. It is easier for this chromosome to balance out  

the extra genes.

∙ Trisomy 18: Edward Syndrome, severe, die by age 1

∙ Trisomy 13: Patau syndrome, 50% die within 1 month, 95% die  

by age 3

∙ Trisomy 8: mosaic individuals and can live normal life expectancy

▪ Down Syndrome: 

∙ 75% results from a nondisjunction in the mother. 2 of the 3  

chromosomes 21 comes from the mom while the third comes from  

the dad.

∙ Primary down syndrome increases with maternal age

∙ Familial Down Syndrome: occurs when translocation of part of  

chromosome 21 occurs. This runs in families (parents have  

undergone Robertsonian translocation)

o Fragile Chromosomes: a chromosome that is prone to breaking

▪ Most common form of mental impairment that is inherited.

▪ Results from an increase in the number of trinucleotide repeats.  

∙ Breakage is not a cause of disease

∙ Trinucleotide expansion and permutation: will lead to blockage of  

transcription, fragility is related to the length of repetition

▪ Genetic Anticipation: number of repeats in future generations which will  result in worsening of symptoms

▪ Fragile X Syndrome: occurs in 1/2000 males and 1/4000 females

o Rearrangements in Evolution: 

▪ Duplications: if you have two “A” genes, one can be used normally while  the other can be changed. If it changes too much, the gene can become no  longer functional. Or, both genes can change

∙ Through time, the genes can specialize to do certain parts of their  

job. Each duplicated gene will be involved in the same pathway,  

but different specialized parts of the pathway to make up the  

whole. Will become better at the individual pathways then when it  

was in charge of the overall pathway.

▪ Gene amplifications: duplication multiple times, can be used as backups if something happens to the original gene

Chapter 7: 

∙ Key Terms:

o Linked Genes: genes on a chromosome that are close together and stay together  during meiosis, meaning that they separate dependently

o Recombinant: new combination of alleles for a gamete

o Nonrecombinant: the allele combination is the same as the parental gametes. o Coupling (Cis): when the wild type alleles are on one chromosome and the mutant alleles are on the other chromosome

o Repulsion (Trans): when each chromosome has one wild type allele and one  mutant allele

o Interference: occurs when the number of predicted DCO is different from what is  observed. Crossovers may influence where another one takes place, which will  alter how many DCO actually take place

∙ Important People:

o Morgan: genes on same chromosome segregated together, those closely linked  together were not usually subject to recombination

o Sturtevant: a student of Morgan. Generated the first map of chromosomes by  using recombinant frequencies.

∙ Key Topics:

o Consequences of linkage in Next Generation: 

▪ When there is no linkage of genes and independent assortment occurs, the  F2 generation will have a ratio of 9:3:3:1. When there is a linkage of  

genes, there is an overrepresentation of parental progeny

o Recombination Frequency: (# of recombinant progeny/total # of  


▪ Can be used to predicting the number of recombinant progeny

o Determining Gene Distances: 1% recombinant frequency=1 cM. This can be  used as an approximate distance between genes.  

▪ NOTE: 

∙ The recombinant frequency cannot be greater than 50% for two  


∙ Recombinant frequency greater than or equal to 50% means you  

cannot determine if the genes are linked or on separate


∙ Genes that are far enough apart can undergo double crossovers and  will look like no crossing over took place

o Maps: 

▪ Genetic Maps: uses recombination frequencies to make a map of the  chromosomes and genes. It is an approximate map.

▪ Physical Maps: a map of chromosomes and genes that uses physical  distances and is absolute.

▪ Puzzle like in structure, have to be able to figure out the order based on  distances. Can have different orders as long as the distances are the met. o Linkage Groups: the more gene/markers the more information that can be  gathered. If we calculate that gene A and F are 50% recombination, then we  assume that they are on different chromosomes. However, if we know that gene A  and B are at 30% recombination and that gene B and F are 20% recombination,  then we know that the order is ABF on the same chromosome.

▪ Intermediate markers: allow for a linkage group to be at a span greater  than 50 cM to be connected together (like in the example of ABF above) o Two-Point Test Cross: Test cross between two genes

▪ Example: looking at genes a, b, c, d

∙ Cross gene a and b: 50% recombination frequency (assume genes  

located on different chromosome)

∙ Cross gene a and c: 50% recombination frequency (assume genes  

located on different chromosome)

∙ Cross gene a and d: 50% recombination frequency (assume genes  located on different chromosome)

∙ Cross gene b and c: 20% recombination frequency (on same  


∙ Cross gene b and d: 10% recombination frequency (on same  


∙ Cross gene c and d: 28% recombination frequency (on same  


∙ What do we know? Know that gene a is on chromosome 1. Genes  b, c, d, are on chromosome 2. But in what order?

o Each gene must be apart the distance that is given from the  

recombination frequency. So, the order can be dbc or cbd.

o Gene d is 10 cM from b and c is 10 cM from b. When  

adding this together, we get that gene d is 30 cM from gene  

c. However, when using the recombination frequency from  

above, it states that gene c is 28 cM from gene d. So why is  

this different?

o The distance is different due to double crossing over taking  

place, this causes us to get 28 cM when it is really 30 cM.

o Three-point Test Cross: more efficient than two-point test cross ▪ The order of genes can be established after a single cross

▪ Double crossovers can be detected and will provide more information ▪ Double crossovers: yields a recombinant chromosome that has an altered  middle gene. If a change in a single gene occurs while the other two genes  remain the same, then the changed gene is the gene that is located in the  middle of the sequence.

▪ Steps of a 3 Point Test Cross: 

∙ Identify the parent groups: which group has the most?

∙ Identify the double crossing over: which group has the least?

∙ What is the difference: compare the parental to the DCO. Which  gene is different/switched? This gene is the gene located in the  

middle of the sequence.

o Molecular Markers: can be used to make a genetic map

▪ Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP): changes in DNA  sequence will modify restriction enzyme recognition sites.

▪ Variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR): differences in copy  number

∙ Microsatellite markers: number of repeats in different in  

everyone, producing different phenotypes

▪ Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP): a single base change

Key Terms Important People Key Ideas

Exam 2 Study Guide: Chapter 8 

∙ Key Terms:

o Prototroph: Wild type bacteria, can synthesize all compounds needed for the  growth of the bacteria from simple ingredients

o Auxotroph: mutant strain bacteria that will lack one or more enzymes that are  required when metabolizing nutrients, this strain will grow on supplemental  media

o Merozygote: bacteria that is partial diploid. Formed when the F factor and  several adjacent genes are excised from the chromosome of an Hfr cell and  transferred to an F cell.

o Conjugation: Can transfer the F factor. The plasmid will go across a bridge  formed, at the end of the process, both will have a copy of the F plasmid.

o Fertility Factor (F): Cells that contain this are F+ and cells that do not have it are  F-. This contains the origin of replication, the gene involved in conjugation. o F+ Cell: Present as a separate circular DNA. Donor in role of conjugation o F- Cell: Is absent. Recipient in the role of conjugation

o Hfr: present and integrated into bacterial chromosome. High frequency donor in  role of conjugation.

o F’ Cell: Present as a separate circular DNA, carries some bacterial genes. Donor  in the role of conjugation.

o Transformation: DNA is taken up from the surrounding and is incorporated into  the genome of the cell. This can occur naturally.

▪ Competent: Cells that will take part in transformation (not every cell is  willing to take up unknown DNA)

o Transduction: use of viruses to carry genomic information to cells. The genome  has to be a small segment to be able to fit into the head of the virus to be injected  into a cell and take over the cell.

o Lytic Cycle: The virus infects a cell, replicates within cell, kill cell.

▪ Virulent Phage: is reproduced only in the lytic cycle

o Lysogenic Cycle: The virus will infect the cell, integrate into the DNA and stay.  All daughter cells of this infected cell will have the virus. The virus will remain in  the DNA until a trigger, then will follow lytic cycle.

▪ Temperate Phage: uses either the lytic or the lysogenic cycle.

o Recombinant Frequency: works the same as for eukaryotes. (Recombinant  plaques/total plaques)

∙ Important People:

o Francois Jacob and Elie Wollman: Did gene mapping by interrupting  conjugation. If the gene is close to the F factor, then the gene will make it across  the bridge. They interrupted the conjugation to determine what makes it across  and what does not, this gives them a distance (based on time) to determine the  gene order. They would place it on different mediums to determine what made it  through.

o Lederberg and Zinder: Generalized transduction. Noticed that some cells did  not follow the auxotroph to prototroph concept through the filter. Determined that  

a phage could fit through a filter (the virus) and were lysogenic for some cells and  would later become lytic.

∙ Key Ideas:

o Advantages of Bacteria/Viruses: 

▪ Reproduction is rapid

▪ Produces a lot of progeny

▪ The haploid genome will allow for all mutations to be directly expressed ▪ Asexual reproduction simplifies isolation of genetically pure strain. ▪ Growth in the lab is easy and does not need a lot of space

▪ Genomes are small in size

▪ Techniques are available for isolating and manipulating their genes ▪ Medical importance

▪ Can be genetically engineered to produce commercial valued substances o Characteristics of Bacteria: 

▪ Single circular chromosome, most only have one but some have multiple.  A few have linear genomes.  

o Conjugation Mapping: if a gene is close to the F factor, then the probability of it  making through the bridge during conjugation is high. When the conjugation gets  manually interrupted after x amount of time, scientists can take the bacteria and  place it in a media to determine what genes are present and have made it through  the bridge. They continue this process while lengthening the time the conjugation  takes place. This will help to determine the order and distance of genes. The  distance is based on a unit of time (minutes).

o Transformation Mapping: A competent cell will pick up only a portion of DNA  to protect itself from possible harmful DNA strands. After picking up the strand,  it will look for homologous regions. It will then incorporate the DNA strand into  its chromosome, forming a heteroduplex (this is when it only takes a portion of a  single strand). During division, one cell will be the original and will live while the  other will have the foreign DNA strand and be transformed. Depending on if the  strand is good or bad, the cell will live or die.

▪ Since the cell will only pick up a portion of the DNA, this means that if it  has a high rate of cotransformation (transformation of multiple genes at a  single time) then those genes will have most likely been close together.

o Characteristics of Viruses: all organisms are infected by viruses. It is a nucleic  acid coated in proteins. Can have different types of DNA segments in the head but  only a small portion, linear to circular genome.

▪ Plaques: different viruses leave behind different plaques. A way to  determine the phenotypes of viruses.

o Mixed-Infection Experiment: two viruses infect the same cell. Using plaques,  they can determine the phenotypes and what is recombinant or Nonrecombinant.

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