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BY 210 (Genetics Final Exam)

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These notes cover lectures 13 - 15
Shahid M. Mukhtar
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gene, sequencing, cancer, dnarepair, populationgenetics
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Date Created: 06/19/16
BY 210 Final Exam Study Guide Lecture 13, 14, 15  Statistical methods – distribution, mean variance, standard deviation, correlation  Application of statistical methods are mainly heritability  Mitochondria and chloroplasts are eukaryotic cytoplasmic organelles that exhibit many properties of eubacterial DNA  Endosymbiont theory – mitochondria and chloroplasts are thought to be descended from bacteria that fused with nucleated cells because: o They have their own DNA o mtDNA and cpDNA are not arranged into nucleosomes  mtDNA is circular and generally relatively small  Introns generally absent  Encodes rRNAs, tRNAs, and 13 polypeptides in humans  Ancestral – retain many characteristics of their eubacterial ancestors  Derived – differ from eubacterial ancestors o Inhibitors of bacterial translation block mitochondrial and chloroplast translation  This does not happen in eukaryotic translation o rRna gene sequences are comparable  In human mtDNA, two strands are notably different in base composition, leading to one strand being “heavier” than the other. o The “heavy” starnd is the H strand (H for heavy) and is composed of purines o The “lighter” strand is the L strand (L for light) and is composed of pyrimidines  Both strands encode genes, although more are on the H strand  D loop (D for displacement) – a short region (1121 bp), with 2 overlapping copies of the H strand  The D loop is the site where most of the replication and transcription is controlled  Replication in mtDNA is random  DNA polymerase (gamma) replicates mtDNA  Giant precursor mRNAs are formed off each strand and then cleaved into smaller segments  Translation has more “wobble”)  Extensive variation among different organisms in transcription and translation  Mitochondrial genetic code varies in different organisms, thus making it an exception to the universal code  In humans, there are 5 differences between the universal and mitochondrial genetic codes  Uniparental inheritance – transmission through the cytoplasm rather than the nucleus  mtDNA is maternally inherited in animals (through the egg only)  A few sperm mitochondria enter the egg, but they are degraded and lost  Allows for tracing female line back in time  Homoplasmy – distinctive types of DNA within the cytoplasm of a single cell  Heteroplasmy – all wild-type or all mutant-type DNA are in the cytoplasm of a single cell  Myoclonic epilepsy and ragged red fiber disease (MERRF) o Mutations in mitochondrial tRNAs o Deleterious effect on ATP production o Individuals affected by MERRF are heteroplasmic o Severity of phenotype depend on percentage of mutant mtDNA  Tissue distribution of mutant mitochondria and MERRF phenotype o Tissues with higher energy requirements are less tolerant of mutant mitochondria o Tissues with low energy requirements are affected only when the proportion of wild-type mitochondria is great decreased  Oocyte nuclear transplantation can sidestep transmission of mitochondrial disease  Chloroplast DNA exhibits many properties of eubacterial DNA o The gene structure and organization of cpDNA is similar to that of eubacterial DNA o Little is known about cpDNA replication o Transcription and translation are similar to those of eubacteria o Origins from cyanobacteria  Chloroplast also exhibit cytoplasmic (maternal or rarely paternal) inheritance pattern  Biparental inheritance sporadically happens  Mitochondria and chloroplasts require nuclear gene products to assemble and function o Cytochroms oxidase c  Functions in mitochondrial electron transport  7 subunits: 3 encoded by mitochondrial genome, 4 by nuclear genes o Nuclear genes encode majority of protein required for gene expression in mitochondria and chloroplasts  Genetic material can be exchanged between nucleus, chloroplasts and mitochondria  Termed “promiscuous DNA”  Quantitative genetics – the genetic analysis of complex traits is known as quantitative genetics. These traits are generally influenced by polygenic inheritance (multiple genes), allele interactions and environmental factors  Continuous characteristics - Variation within a population in which a graded series of intermediate phenotypes falls between the extremes.  Meristic and threshold characteristics are examples of discontinuous traits that are considered quantitative o Meristic characteristics – counting quantitative features; examples are counting litter size; must be a number not a decimal o Threshold characteristics – exhibits two phenotypes or characteristics like healthy or sick o These genes are determined by multiple genes and environmental factors  Quantitative genetics are different from Mendelian genetics in the in quantitative genetics, genes are unlinked  Statistical methods are required for analyzing quantitative characteristics: o Population – group of interested individuals o Sample – small collection of individuals from the population o Types of distribution – symmetrical/asymmetrical bell curve (normal, skewed and bimodal)  The mean provides information about the center of a distribution: o Mean – the sum of all measurements divided by the number of measurements o Variance (S^2): Variance describes how far values lie from the mean  Environmental variance – genetically identical seeds grown in a variable environment  Genetic variance – genetically different seeds grown in a constant environment o The average squared deviation of the observations from the mean form the variance o Standard deviation – the square root of the variance  95% - standard confidence in interval in biological science o The proportion of a trait’s variation that is due to genetics is a property of interest in heritability o Phenotype = Genotype + Environment  Phenotypic variance – determines how much phenotypic differences in a population is due to genetic or environment  VP = V + V + V G E GE  The total phenotypic variance for a character (V p is a function of:  Genetic variance (V )– the variance among the mean G phenotypes of different genotypes  Environmental variance (V )– thE variance among phenotypes expressed by replicate members of the same genotype o Differences between monozygotic twins are due to environmental factors  The total genetic variance for a character (V G is a function of: o Additive genetic variance (V ) – Aariation due to the additive effects of alleles o Dominance genetic variation (V ) – vDriation due to dominance relationships among alleles o Epistatic genetic variation (V) –Ivariation due to interactions among loci 2  Broad-sense heritability (H ): reflects all the genetic contributions to a population's phenotypic variance including additive, dominant, and epistatic (multi-genic interactions), as well as maternal and paternal effects. 2  Narrow-sense heritability (h ): The additive genetic portion of the phenotypic variance is known as and is defined as  Population – Local groups of organisms belonging to a single species, sharing a common gene pool and can interbreed  Gene pool – a gene pool is the sum of the total genes present in a population at a given time  Genotypic frequency – the frequency with which different genotypes are present in a population  Allele frequency – the frequency with which alleles of a particular gene are present in a population  Frequency of an allele = No. copies of the alleles / No. copies of all alleles at the locus in a population.  Genome sequencing: determining the order of the nucleotide bases —A, G, C, and T—in a molecule of DNA  Methods: o Sanger chain termination (or dideoxy) sequencing o F. Sanger o Genome sequencing using shotgun sequence method o Exploration of genomic databases (NCBI, USCS etc.) o SNPs, mutations and types of mutations  PCR Recap o  Primer is designed to be complementary to plasmid sequence adjacent to the unknown insert sequence.  Template and primer interact through hybridization.  Sanger chain sequencing o o ddNTP- 2’,3’-dideoxynucleotide o No 3’ hydroxyl o Terminates chain when incorporated optimize the concentration of ddNTP and dNTP so that ddNTP is randomly and completely incorporated at each base  Genomes are large (typically millions or billions of base pairs).  The dideoxy method is good only for ~1000 bp reactions.  Genomic library: Collection of cellular clones that contains copies of every sequence in the whole genome inserted into a suitable vector  The Human Genome Project began using the hierarchical strategy o Construct BAC genomic library o Identify sets of overlapping BAC clones o Shear DNA from each BAC separately to make smaller clones. o Sequence DNA o Assemble sequences based on overlap.  Contig - Contiguous sequence of DNA created by assembling overlapping sequenced fragments of a chromosome (BACs)  Assembly - Putting sequenced fragments of DNA into their correct chromosomal positions  A draft Genome: Usually available in early phase of the sequencing project  Has lower accuracy than a finished sequence; some segments are missing or in the wrong order or orientation  A reference sequence - not an exact match for any one person  Blood (female) or sperm (male) samples taken from a large number of donors.  DNA can be read in six reading frames.  An open reading-frame (ORF) is a reading-frame uninterrupted by stop codons.  Distance between genes is determined based on sequencing data.  Distance is measured in base pairs (bp).  Annotation – linking the gene sequence to information about: o Its expression o Its function o Its homology to other genes (USCS database)  Homologs – evolutionary conserved genes  Orthologs: homologous genes in different species that evolved from the same ‘ancestor gene’  Paralogs: homologous genes in the same organism that arose by duplication of a single gene  Copy number variants (CNVs) o large blocks of duplication or deletion with population frequency of < 1%  Simple sequence repeats (SSRs) o 1-10 base sequence repeated 15-100 times in tandem  Single nucleotide polymorphisms o One base pair changes  Deletion-insertion polymorphisms (DIPs) o Short insertions or deletions of a single or a few base pairs  Transition – substituting a base of the same type.  Transversion – substituting a base of the opposite type.  Missense mutation – alters a codon so that it specifies a different amino acid in a protein (amino acid substitution).  Nonsense mutation - converts an amino-acid-specifying codon into a stop codon.  Silent mutation – alters a codon into one that codes for the same amino acid.  Euploid: chromosome number is the exact multiple of the haploid number, 2n in humans  Aneuploid: chromosome number is NOT the exact multiple of the haploid number  Robertsonian Translocation -a translocation that occurs in maternal germ line cells and joins the long arms of two acrocentric chromosomes and creates a single large chromosome.  The short arms become lost.  Common mutagens include:  DNA Repair mechanisms o 1-Lesion repair enzymes o Base excision repair (BER), which repairs damage to a single base caused by oxidation, alkylation, hydrolysis, or deamination. o Nucleotide excision repair (NER), which recognizes bulky, helix- distorting lesions such as pyrimidine dimers and 6,4 photoproducts. o Mismatch repair (MMR), which corrects errors of DNA replication and recombination that result in mispaired (but undamaged) nucleotides.  Three mechanisms exist to repair double-strand breaks (DSBs):  non-homologous end joining (NHEJ)  microhomology-mediated end joining (MMEJ)  homologous recombination (HR).  Multiple cancer phenotypes arise from mutations in genes that regulate cell growth and division  Environmental chemicals increase mutation rates and increase chances of cancer  Cancer is the result of a multistep process that requires several mutations (successive mutations).  Three ways cancer evades normal cell controls: o Produce cell division signals (autocrine stimulation) o Lose contact inhibition o Avoid programmed cell death  Apoptosis - genetically programmed cell death (suicide).  The Hayflick limit - the number of times a normal cell population will divide before it stops, presumably because the telomeres reach a critical length. o Normal cells are mortal in culture (Hayflick limit). o Cancer cells are immortal in culture (e.g. HeLa cells).  Cancer usually involves several genes: o Proto-oncogenes  In normal cells  Code for proteins involved in the stimulus of cell division  If altered, may form oncogenes  Alone, do not cause malignant cancer o Require other mutations, including one in a tumor suppressor gene  Mutation in oncogenes/tumor suppressor genes cause cancer  Mutation DNA repair genes o Oncogenes act in a dominant fashion to promote cancer o All have a gain-of-function effect:  Ras (see later part of the seminar)  usually active when bound to growth factor  oncogenic point mutation makes constitutively active protein  c-Abl  Chromosomal translocation fuses the c-abl and bcr genes  Hybrid protein encodes a constitutively active tyrosine kinase  Her2  Found in 20% of all breast cancers  overexpressed growth factor receptor  Genes that control cell division: o Control of the cell cycle  Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), cyclins o G -to-S transition 1  Retinoblastoma protein (RB) o G2-to-M transition  Mitosis-promoting factor (MPF) o Spindle assembly checkpoint o Mutations in cell-cycle control and cancer  Cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) – family of kinases that regulate the transition from G1 to S and from G2 to M  Cyclin specifies the protein targets for CDK o Phosphorylation by CDKs can activate or inactive a protein  P53 Tumor: o Activated at the G1/S checkpoint whenever the cell has DNA damage. o Inhibits cell proliferation until the DNA damage can be repaired. o If the DNA damage is irreparable, it initiates apoptosis. o About half of human tumors lack a functional p53 gene.  Viruses: o Sub microscopic entities consisting of a single nucleic acid surrounded by a protein coat o Capable of replication only within the living cells of bacteria, animals or plants. o Single type of nucleic acid – either DNA or RNA but not both o Linear or circular o Not cells and not alive o Can reproduce only inside host  Types of viruses o DNA viruses  dsDNA viruses (e.g. Adenoviruses, Herpesviruses, Poxviruses, Bacteriophages)  ssDNA viruses (+ strand or "sense") DNA (e.g. Parvoviruses) o RNA viruses  dsRNA viruses (e.g. Reoviruses)  (+)ssRNA viruses (+ strand or sense) RNA (e.g. Picornaviruses, Togaviruses)  (−)ssRNA viruses (− strand or antisense) RNA (e.g. Orthomyxoviruses, Rhabdoviruses) o Reverse transcribing viruses  ssRNA-RT viruses (+ strand or sense) RNA with DNA intermediate in life-cycle (e.g. Retroviruses)  dsDNA-RT viruses (e.g. Hepadnaviruses)  Lytic vs Lysogenic Cycle o o Lytic  A phage attaches to the receptor on the bacterial cell wall  Viral DNA gets injected  Phage DNA is replicated, transcribed/translated  New phages are produced and released  Bacteria are lysed (virulent phages) o Lysogenic  Phage integrates into bacterial genome (Temperate phages).  An integrated phage in a bacterial chromosome is called a prophage.  Every time the bacterium replicates its chromosome, it also replicates the prophage.  Thus, a prophage becomes part of the bacterial genome and is passed on from generation to generation (latent infection).  Hope for cancer: o PVS-RIPO is a genetically engineered poliovirus that is being investigated as a new anti-cancer agent. o PVS-RIPO is a live attenuated, oral serotype 1 poliovirus vaccine that contains a heterologous internal ribosomal entry site arising from human rhinovirus (cause of the common cold) type 2. o The vaccine recognizes nectin-like molecule-5, a tumor antigen that is widely expressed in malignancies.  Anti-cancer agents are: o Block carcinogen activation  Flavonoids and isoflavonoids  Coumarins  Isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables  Organosulfur compounds in garlic & onions o Enhance carcinogen detoxification  Antioxidants in plants  Isothiocyanates in cruciferous vegetables  Organosulfur compounds in garlic & onions o Increase DNA repair  Polyphenols in green tea  Selenium (Brazilian nuts)


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