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BIOL 120 Genetics- Cell Cycle, Mitosis, Cancer Notes

by: Angela Potter

BIOL 120 Genetics- Cell Cycle, Mitosis, Cancer Notes BIOL 120

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These notes cover the Cell Cycle, Mitosis, Cancer in the Genetics Unit
Principles of Biology
Christa. Partain
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Date Created: 01/27/16
BIOL 120 Genetics-Cell Cycle, Mitosis, Cancer • Somatic Cells - body cells - mitosis - for growth/repair - makes identical copies • Germ Cells - sex cells - meiosis - to make gametes (egg/sperm) - makes unique cells - ½ chromosomes # * one of each type of chromosome ▯ Overview of Cell Division (somatic Cell) 1.Replication: DNA is duplicated 2.Mitosis: The two quantities of DNA are moved to opposite sides of the parent cell 3. Cytokinesis: The parent cell splits into two daughter cells The Cell Cycle 1. Interphase: DNA is copied 2. Mitosis: DNA split equally into two daughter cells 3. Cytokinesis: Parent Cell is cleaved in half Uncondensed/Condensed During Interphase, the chromosomes are uncondensed or usable. ▯ During M Phase (Mitosis), the chromosomes are condensed or movable. ▯ Chromosomes and DNA Replication Chromatin – a mass of genetic material composed of DNA and proteins that condense to form chromosomes. Chromatid – one of the two identical copies of DNA making up a duplicated chromosome, which are joined at their centromeres. ▯ DNA Replication Precedes cell division. ▯ A) The double-stranded DNA molecule is copied – first by splitting the molecule in half up the middle of the helix. New nucleotides are added to each side of the original parent molecule.Results in the production of 2 identical daughter DNA molecules from 1 parent molecule. Each daughter DNA molecule contains half of the parental DNA and half of the newly synthesized DNA. ▯ B) The DNA polymerase enzyme moves along the unwound helix, tying together adjacent nucleotides on the daughter DNA strand. ▯ The cell is now ready to divide. ▯ Variations • Brain and nerve cells form in the embryo and then never divide. • Many leaf cells: divide as young leaves, stop dividing and simple increase in size by growing • Bone marrow cells: divide rapidly; forming as many as 20,000 new cells per minute. Cancer • Two part failure in the cell cycle Summary of Cancer • Uncontrolled cell division • Suppressor genes are unable to turn off growth, repair DNA, or cause cell suicide • Metastasis causes cells to migrate • They are immortal ▯ Detecting Cancer • Risk factors: chemical, sun exposure, nutrition & health, age • Genetic testing: looking for mutations • Detecting chemicals in the blood: certain cancer cells secrete proteins that are detectable in the blood • Biopsy: take a portion of tumor and examine the cells Treating Cancer • Chemotherapy: highly toxic chemicals that will kill cells • Cancer cells become resistant at 1 cell per million. Average tumor contains 1 billion cells, so ~1,000 are resistant • Radiation therapy: high energy radiation pointed at tumor cells will destroy DNA, therefore destroying the cell The Immune System’s role in Cancer • Cancer cells can sometimes be recognized by the immune system and T-cells can mount at attack and destroy cancerous cells. • Immune system may become less effective at finding and destroying cancer cells as we age. • Cancer cells are part of the body and sometimes do not cause a strong immune response. • Many tumors secrete substances that suppress the immune system. Caution - Signs of Cancer - See Your Doctor • Change in bowel or bladder habits • A sore that does not heal • Unusual bleeding or discharge • Thickening or lump • Indigestion or difficulty swallowing • Obvious change in wart or mole • Nagging cough or hoarseness ▯


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