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What refers to the process where a cell duplicates itself to form two

What refers to the process where a cell duplicates itself to form two


School: University of Toledo
Department: Biology
Course: Fundamentals of Life Science: Biomolecules, Cells, and Inheritence
Professor: Deborah chadee
Term: Summer 2015
Tags: Biology
Cost: 50
Name: Biology 2170 exam 4 study guide
Description: This covers lectures 16-20 and chapters 11-15
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What refers to the process where a cell duplicates itself to form two identical cells?

Exam 4 Study guide

Chapter 11

A. Binary Fission

a. Process where a cell duplicates itself to form two identical cells

b. Happens in Prokaryotes

B. Mitosis and Meiosis.

a. The Cell Cycle is divided into Interphase and M-phase.

i. Interphase is composed of 4 sub-phases

1. G0—where the cell rests and is not actively dividing

2. G1—where the cell grows in preparation for duplicated DNA

3. S-phase—Where DNA is replicated (synthesized)

4. G2—where the cell grows again so that it can handle the expansion of  

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ii. M-phase is then subdivided into  

1. Prophase

2. Prometaphase

3. Metaphase

4. Anaphase

5. Telophase and Cytokinesis.

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A. The cell cycle has to be regulated in order to divide at the appropriate time (and not do the whole  cancer thing)

a. Proteins called cyclins are synthesized in order to activate specific Kinases—called  Cyclin Dependent Kinases CDKs—which promote cell division.  

Kinase means what?

b. Kinase means it catalyzes phosphorylation

c. Cyclin levels spike when the cell is ready to divide and when they are at high levels, they  activate the CDKs which then regulate every stage of cell division

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d. There are 3 groups of CDK complexes each named for the stage of the cell cycle they are  in (G1/S, S, M)

B. The Cell cycle has 3 checkpoints to maintain fidelity (correctness) of the process a. These checkpoints occur at the end of G1 and G2, and beginning of M-phase 

b. p53 is a specific protein that blocks the export process for DNA that is damaged and so  prevents certain types of cancer.

c. P21 is also a tumor suppressor (like p53) and inhibits cell division.

11.5 Genes Involved in Cancer.

A. Oncogenes are a species of gene from viruses which are cancer causing genes.  a. Proto-oncogenes are the un-mutated form of the oncogene. Don't forget about the age old question of What are the two parts of a recursive definition?

B. Tumor Suppressors are a family of genes that safeguard against cancer because they encode  proteins that inhibit cell division

a. Most cancers occur in situations where there are many mutations since there are specific  proteins that fight against individual mutations.

C. Necrosis happens when a cell is a damaged or starved cell which swells and bursts—often causes  inflammation in body.

D. Apoptosis happens when a cell is programmed to die either because it’s defective or it’s no longer  needed.

Chapter 12

A. Meselson and Stahl’s experiments 

a. Used radioactive isotopes to identify where the split strands went during DNA replication b. This lead to 3 hypotheses, Conservative, Semiconservative, and Dispersive.  

c. They proved Semiconservative using a centrifuge to see what happens to the parent DNA  strands.

d. To replicate, a DNA helix is split (by a molecule called Helicase) such that each of the  two strands can become a Template Strand for the synthesis of a Daughter Strand.  e. Semiconservative Replication is the way a DNA duplex is replicated

f. It involves the parent strand being split apart and each template strand binding with its  newly synthesized daughter strand. We also discuss several other topics like Why does the organic nature of vitamins matter?

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B. DNA growth

a. In order for DNA to be synthesized, the hydrogen bonds between the base pairs need to  be split so that they can be read. This is done at the Replication Fork

b. DNA (and RNA) strands can only grow in the direction of their 3’ end, so nucleotides are  added to the daughter strand in only the direction of its 3’ end. If you want to learn more check out What is the pricing power of monopoly?
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i. This addition is done by a DNA Polymerase.

C. Since DNA strands are antiparallel, that means that one daughter strand will grow in one direction  while the other grows in the other.

a. The Leading Strand is the strand that can be synthesized as it reads its template strand. b. The Lagging Strand is the strand that can only be synthesized in blocks since it has  synthesize in the opposite direction that the template strand is read. 


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d. In order for DNA to begin synthesizing it must have a starter molecule, called an RNA  Primer, attach to the template strand to help nucleotides begin binding on the Template  strand.

i. This primer is made by RNA Primase (so creative)

ii. It is important to note that the lagging strand will have many such primers  because it has to start and stop its synthesis multiple times—creating Okazaki  fragments.

e. DNA Ligase is the enzyme that connects these Okazaki fragments and disposes of the  primers.  

D. DNA Polymerase is self-correcting

a. DNA polymerase can proofread its strand as a separate enzymatic activity from strand  elongation.

b. If an incorrect nucleotide has been added, the proofreading function removes it then adds  the correct one.  

E. DNA replication is not very accurate near the ends of the strands to Telomeres (repeating  sections) cover the ends.

a. F. Because and RNA primer does not attach precisely to the 3’ end of the template strand, the  daughter strand is shorter for each round of replication.  

a. Telomerase restores the length of these daughter strands.  

b. To avoid losing genetic data, the ends of every DNA strand are capped with a repeating  sequence called a Telomere.  

c. Telomerase is fully active in Germ cells and Stem cells but not Somatic cells. G. PCR is used to replicate sections of a DNA strand many times. the 3 steps are below a. DNA is first Denatured, usually in high temperatures.

b. Primers then anneal to DNA strands

c. New DNA strands are synthesized by DNA polymerase. This is also called extension d. Repeat 30 times

H. Gel Electrophoresis separates these fragments by size.

a. Once the segments are made, they can be separated by size by placing them in a gel in a  water bath and running an electric current through it.  

b. The negatively charged DNA will migrate to the positive end of the current

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c. The speed of the fragment is then determined by is size and ability to move through the  gel. So smaller strands can go faster (and therefore will be closer to the positive end by  the end of the experiment).

d. Electrophoresis is usually done with a standard, or Ladder, which is a DNA strand that  we know the lengths of and so can measure the unknowns based upon the known lengths  and distances traveled.

I. Cutting DNA sequences at various lengths is useful for DNA sequencing and recombinant technology  

a. Restriction Enzymes recognize short DNA sequences and cut the DNA at these sites call  Restriction sites. 

b. Restriction sites are typically 4-6 base pairs long and are usually palindromic Chapter 13

A. Genomes

a. A genome is the genetic material of an organism, organelle, or virus (in RNA) that is  transmitted to the next generation.

b. Sequencing Genome information is used to identify coding for open reading frames  (coding regions like Amino Acid sequences for proteins), regulatory sequences, RNA  genes and other stuff.

B. DNA in genomes has many repeated sections

a. Tandem Repeats—where the repeated sections are all adjacent to each other.

b. Dispersed Repeats—where the repeated sections are separated but close enough to be  grouped together.

c. Simple-sequence Repeats—where short sequences (like TA) are repeated, and example  of this is a Telomere. 

d. Highly Repetitive DNA sequences usually have no coding function and can be part of the  centromere.

e. Moderately Repetitive DNA sequences usually code for RNA

f. Transposable Elements make up about 45% of human genome and serve to increase  diversity.

C. DNA sequence motifs.

a. A sequence motif is a telltale sequence that indicates what type of sequence it is (like a  signature)

i. An example is of an open reading frame, the strand of DNA is a long strand that  encodes only Amino Acids and has no stop codon.

b. We use these motifs to determine whether a section of DNA encodes for exon or intron  by comparing the Genome to the mRNA sequence (remember introns are taken out of the  sequence, yes it is backwards)

D. Globin layout in Genomes.

a. Genomes have their own families, related through function and structure.

b. Globin is a gene family 

i. Alpha globin—3 functional genes 

ii. Beta globin—5 functional genes. 

c. These guys are usually clustered near each other in the genome.

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E. There is little apparent relationship between the complexity of the organism and the genome size. a. We have a shorter genome than an amoeba but a longer one that a boa constrictor. F. There is no apparent relationship between the complexity of the organism and the number of  genes. 

a. The mustard plant has more protein coding genes than we do.

G. Histones condense DNA into chromosome by wrapping the negatively charged DNA strand  around its positively charged disk.

Chapter 14

A. Mutations are Rare events/alterations in the nucleotide sequence that are heritable changes in  DNA.  

a. Somatic mutations occur in body cells and the mutations are passed on to daughter cell  but not offspring—that is they do not affect your overall genetic makeup

b. Germ line mutations occur in cells that produce gametes

B. Mutations have 4 Phenotypic effects.

a. Silent mutations—don’t affect protein function, basically do nothing

b. Loss of function—happens through structural change in proteins or enzymes

c. Gain of function—self explanatory

d. Conditional mutations—cause phenotype under restrictive conditions but not under  permissive conditions.

e. These can occur at the molecular level as

i. Point mutations—where a single base pair is changed, changing the amino acid ii. Chromosomal mutations—where segments of the DNA is changed.  

C. Mutations can be  

a. Missense—where a base is substituted, resulting in a different amino acid.

i. Affects can vary, including no affect.

b. Nonsense—a base substitution results in a stop codon.

i. Results in nonfunctional protein.

c. Frame shift—where DNA was read at a different starting point and so the sequence got  changed (instead of ATGAT it is read GATAT)

D. 3 types of Mutation repair. –remember that polymerase has a proofreading mechanism also. a. Mismatch Repair

i. Detects mismatched bases.

b. Base Excision Repair

i. Enzymes scan DNA for damaged or incorrect bases, when found they are cut out.  (excised)

c. Nucleotide Excision Repair

i. Same as above except that instead of cutting out bases, the backbone is cut out  and replaced

ii. Activated by multiple damaged base pairs.

E. Mutations are Random

a. Lederberg experiment set out to see if mutations are induced by environment or if they  are random.

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b. Bacteria was placed in a control gel and a gel with antibiotics in it, the gel with  antibiotics had few survivors because of a mutation. But the mutation was the exact same  mutation as the mutation in the control gel. So the mutation happened regardless of  environment and is random.

F. Mutation Rates vary between organisms (men usually have more mutations than women) a. Humans have about 30 mutations per generation

b. These add to the genetic diversity and uniqueness of everyone.

c. Chapter 15

A. Terms

a. Genotype—genetic makeup 

b. Phenotype—appearance based on genotype and environment ( being tan by environment  and Caucasian by genotype allowing you to be tan) 

c. Polymorphism—Variation in DNA that is too common to be mutation 

d. Allele—a different form of the same gene 

e. Homozygous—individual that has 2 copies of the same allele 

f. Heterozygous—individual that has 2 different alleles.

B. Risk Factors

a. Some mutations make you more or less susceptible to disease

i. BRCA1 and 2 are mutations that can lead to breast cancer

ii. Also, being lactose tolerant is a mutation

b. Some environments can also lead to cancer  

i. Too much sun can lead to skin cancer

C. DNA fingerprinting with VNTRs (Variable Number of Tandem Repeats) 

a. Take certain alleles (which are different for everybody) and put them through  electrophoresis to see how they are unique

b. The ending placement of the bars in the gel after electrophoresis shows the difference

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i. This means you can identify which ones are the same too. This allows for DNA  matching.

D. SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism—polymorphism is the common variation) a. Where a single base-pair change makes a large difference as in eye color

b. In two people, at the exact same spot in their alleles, a single base pair of G-C makes eyes  blue while the pair T-A makes them brown.

E. Copy Number Variation (CNV)

a. CNV is the difference among individuals in the number of copies of a specific gene or  part of a gene.

b. These extra copies can involve large regions of a genome and even a whole gene. F. Nondisjunction Errors

a. Happen when homologous chromosomes—or sister chromatids—do not separate  properly in anaphase.

b. Results in either  

i. Aneuploidy—1 too many or few sets of chromosomes

ii. Polyploidy—way too many or few sets of chromosomes.

iii. c. In humans, having an extra set of chromosome 21 makes for Down Syndrome

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