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BIOE 1010 Exam 2 Study Guide

by: Sara Littlejohn

BIOE 1010 Exam 2 Study Guide BIOE 1010

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This study guide covers the topics that will be on Exam 2.
Biology for BioEngineers
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BIOE 1010-Exam 2 Study Guide Red Text- This material will be on the exam Highlighted Text- key concepts or terms Module 4-1 Lipids: Structure and Function of Plasma Membranes  Lipids: chemically diverse group of compounds o Common feature: insolubility in water (soluble only in organic compounds)  Fatty acids have two regions. o Amphipathic molecules: possess both hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions o Can be saturated or unsaturated  Saturated: has hydrocarbon chains connected by single bonds only  Unsaturated: has one or more double bonds  Each double bond may be in a cis or trans configuration o Cis: both hydrogens are on the same side of the hydrocarbon chain (Causes a kink in the chain) o Trans: hydrogens are on opposite sides  Triacylglycerol (Triglycerides): formed by the joining of three fatty acids to a glycerol backbone  Phospholipid: molecule with two fatty acids and a modified phosphate group attached to a glycerol backbone o Introducing a phosphate group makes phospholipid head very hydrophilic o The phosphate may be modified by the addition of charged or polar chemical groups o Two chemical groups that may modify the phosphate are choline and serine o Both choline and serine attach to the phosphate group at the position labeled R o They spontaneously aggregate and form bilayer membranes in water.  Cholesterol o Cholesterol fits into the gap between two phospholipid molecules in an lipid bilayer and modulates its fluidity o Factors that affect fluidity of the membrane:  Temperature  Cholesterol o Because it’s a short and rigid molecule, cholesterol tends to stiffen the membrane making it more rigid and less permeable  Fluid Mosaic Model o The lipid bilayer gives the membrane its basic structure and serve as a permeability barrier  Cell Membranes: separate and protect chemical composition  Internal Membranes: enclose intracellular compartments to form organelles  Plasma Membranes and internal membranes are barriers: they prevent molecules on one side from mixing with those one the other side.  Membrane Proteins: carry out most membrane functions o Transport nutrients o Anchor the cell o Receptors o Enzymes catalyze specific reactions  Transmembrane Protein: hydrophobic regions liein the interior of the bilayer, near the hydrophobic tails of the lipids o Hydrophilic regions are exposed to the aqueous environment on either side of the membrane The plasma membrane is a barrier BUT cells need to exchange molecules with their environment: Import nutrients, Eliminate waste, regulate the intracellular concentrations of inorganic ions.  ONLY Small uncharged molecules diffuse across the membrane. o The smaller and more hydrophobic, the more rapid the diffusion through the lipid bilayer.  Simple Diffusion: Diffusion through a permeable membrane moves a substance from an area of high concentration down its concentration gradient (into cytoplasm).  Transport Classification 1: o Transporters (Carriers): solute molecules fit into specific binding sites; when proteins change conformation, the solute is releases on the other side of the membrane. o Channels (Provide Corridors): discriminate ions based on size and electric charge; channels can be opened or closed by the cell, as needed. Much faster than transporters  Transport Classification 2: o Single  Uniporter: carries one molecule or ion. o Coupled  Symporter: carries two different molecules or ions, both in the same direction  Antiporter: carries two different molecules or ions, but in different directions  Transport Classification 3: o Passive: transport occurs down the concentration gradient aided by proteins; gives energy o Active: transport occurs against the concentration gradient; needs energy Electrochemical Gradients: when voltage and concentration gradients exist o Primary active transport moves ions across a membrane, creating an electrochemical gradient. Module 4-2  The Na/K pump uses the energy of ATP hydrolysis to pump Na+ out and K+ in, both against their electrochemical gradients. o Outside the pump is more positive, while inside the pump is negative.  Ion channels have highly selective hydrophilic pores. o They make the membrane permeable for selected inorganic ions depending on:  Diameter and shape of the channel  Distribution of charged amino acids that line the channel o They have a HUGE transport rate because the protein doesn’t need to change conformation with each ion it passes o They are gated, which means they open in response to changes in membrane voltage. o They are essential for signaling in nerve cells. o These channels are only one way; neurons cannot transmit signal both ways.  An action potential is triggered by a brief pulse of current (depolarizing stimulus). o Resting Potential is always around -60 through -70 mV  Variation in the resting potential can be either inhibiting or excited. o Threshold is always around -55 mV o Action Potential is always around 40 mV -Need to be able to label:  Resting potential  Depolarization  Repolarization  Action potential  Threshold  Hyperpolarization Module 5-1  DNA and RNA are polynucleotide chains  Nucleotides contain a base (B), sugar (S), and a phosphate group (P)  The nitrogen-containing bases come from two cyclic chemical compounds o Pyrimidine  Cytosine (Found in RNA and DNA)  Thymine (Found in DNA only)  Uracil (Found in RNA only) o Purine  Adenine  Guanine  There are two kinds of pentoses (sugars) o Ribose (Found in RNA) contains 1 more oxygen than deoxyribose  Ribonuecleotides: A, G, U, C o Deoxyribose (Found in DNA)  Deoxyribonucleotides: A, G, T, C  Complementary base pairs: Be able to complete a sequence o A-T o G-C of nucleotides given a template. o This enables the base pairs to be packed in the interior of the sugar-phosphate backbones  DNA is replicated semi conservatively. This means that each daughter DNA strand is composed of one original parent strand and one newly synthesized strand.  DNA Strands are antiparallel: parallel but moving  A Leading Strand leaves its 3’ open and replication flows smoothly.  A Lagging Strand is broken into fragments and does not leave the 3’ open. Module 5-2  Mutations: heritable changes in the nucleotide sequences o Example: sickle-cell anemia  The sequence of nucleotides encodes the information regarding the unique sequence of amino acids in a protein DNA directs the synthesis of all proteins.  A gene is a segment of DNA that contains the information required for the synthesis of one type of protein. o Can be all sizes  A genome is the total genetic information carried by DNA in a cell o It contains the information necessary for the synthesis of all types of proteins in the body  DNA is transcribed into RNA which is translated into Protein. (The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology)  Each gene contains: o Coding nucleotide sequences (Exons) o Non-Coding nucleotide sequences (Introns)  The Genetic Code is the rules by which the nucleotide sequence of a gene, through mRNA, is translated into the amino acid sequence of a protein.  The amino acid doesn’t bind directly to the mRNA; it needs an “adaptor molecule” called transfer RNA (tRNA). Other Key Concepts  Nerve impulses can only travel ione direction.  The plasma membrane of many animal cells contains open K+ channels, yet the K+ concentration in the cytosol is much higher than outside the cell.


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