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BIOL 4003 Week 5 Notes

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Principles of Genetics
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Date Created: 02/21/16
Chapter 8: Lecture 1 -   Microscopic Examination o   Cytogenetics: field of genetics that involves the examination of chromosomes microscopically o   Cytogeneticist: typically examines the chromosomal composition of a particular cell or organism §   Views the composition of chromosomes §   Allows detection of individuals with abnormal chromosome number or structures §   Also provides a way to distinguish between species that look morphologically similar -   Humans have 46 chromosomes in somatic cells o   Vary in size and number compared to other species chromosomes -   Cytogeneticists use three main features to identify and classify chromosomes o   Location of centromere o   Size o   Banding patterns -   These features are all seen in a karyotype o   Micrograph of all the chromosomes in a single cell arranged in a standard fashion o   Procedure for making karyotype was discussed in chapter 3.2 o   Larger chromosomes have a smaller number o   X chromosome is much larger than Y §   22 pairs of autosomes, 1 pair of sex chromosome o   Centromere location §   Metacentric: Center §   Submetacentric: barely off center §   Acrocentric: much off center but not at end §   Telocentric: all the way at the end of chromosome o   Centromere location causes a long and short arm §   Long arm = q §   Short arm = p o   Since different chromosomes can be the same size with similar centromere location, cytogeneticists will stain chromosomes to create banding patterns (G-banding à Giesma dye) §   Some regions bind the dye heavily and some regions do not, producing a characteristic banding pattern o   In humans roughly 300 G bands in metaphase, 800 in prometaphase (elongation à chromosomes are more tightly packed) §   Can distinguish between multiple chromosomes due to banding pattern §   Can detect changes in chromosome structure §   Reveals evolutionary relationship between chromosomes of closely related species o   2 primary ways in which chromosome structure can be altered §   Total Amount of genetic material is changed: •   Deletion/deficiency (taken out) •   Duplication (added in) §   Total amount of genetic material stays the same but is rearranged •   Inversions (flipped/reversed) •   Translocations (exchanging) o   Deletions (Fig 8.3) §   Can happen two ways •   Chromosome breaks into two pieces o   Causes terminal deletion of one end of the chromosome •   Chromosomes breaks in two places o   Middle segment lost and degraded (interstitial deletion) o   Ends of chromosomes have telomeres and will not rejoin together o   Middle segment has “sticky” ends that are reactive §   Phenotypic consequences of deficiencies depend on: •   Size of deletion •   Chromosome material deleted o   i.e. are lost genes vital to function? §   Consequence is normally detrimental (large deletions) o   Duplications §   Normally caused by abnormal crossing over event during recombination §   Repetitive sequences can cause misalignment between homologous chromosomes •   Such as misaligned chromosomes during crossover o   Called nonallelic homologous recombination because the alleles of the homologous chromosomes are not lining up correctly and the crossover occurs o   Occurs because of repetitive sequences in chromosome o   This cross causes one duplicated chromosome and one deleted chromosome (and 2 normal chromosomes) §   Duplications lead to the formation of gene families §   Phenotypic effects of duplications tend to be correlated with size •   More harm if larger deletions §   Tend to be less harmful effects than deletions of comparable size §   Relatively few syndromes that are caused by small duplications o   Copy number variation (CNV) à relatively common §   Segment of DNA that varies in copy number among members of the same species •   May be missing a gene •   May be a duplication •   See figure 8.8 §   .1-10% of genome may show CNV §   Human rate is around .4% §   Associated with some diseases •   Schizophrenia, autism, infectious agent susceptibility, cancer §   Might affect phenotype Genetic Hybridization is used to identify deletions and duplications associated with cancer (experiment 8A à comparative genomic hybridization) **may be difficult to detect with karyotype analysis REVIEW!!! Chapter 8 Lecture 2: -   Inversion o   A situation where a segment of chromosome is flipped in the opposite direction §   Pericentric inversion: Includes centromere (I = includes centromere) §   Paracentric inversion: Does not include centromere o   Inversion heterozygote §   Has one copy of normal chromosome and one copy of inverted chromosome §   Usually are phenotypically normal •   But have high probability of producing gametes abnormal in genetic content •   Abnormality is due to crossing over within the inverted segment §   During meiosis 1, pairs of homologous sister chromatids must synapse •   For normal and inverted chromosome to synapse, inversion loop must form •   If crossover occurs within the loop, highly abnormal chromosomes result §   Pericentric looping creates normal chromosome that contain crossover •   Loop contains centromere •   Inner two chromatids crossover, outer do not •   Produces two recombinant chromosomes and two normal chromosomes §   Paracentric chromosome: •   Loop does not contain centromere •   Results in 2 normal chromosomes •   Acentric fragment (no centromere) o   Will be degraded and lost because no centromere •   Chromosome with Dicentric bridge (2 centromeres) o   Centromeres will move to outsides and break in half in the dicentric bridge, forming two chromosomes with deletions and duplications §   Look at Figure 8.11 o   Translocations: §   Piece of chromosome becomes attached to another chromosome •   Reciprocal translocations o   Two non-homologous chromosomes exchange genetic material §   Two mechanisms: •   Chromosomal breakage/DNA repair o   2 break, leaving reactive ends, mismatch occurs §   Telomeres normally prevent chromosomal DNA from sticking to each other §   Breaks that don’t have telomeres at the end create reactive ends that are sticky to readhesion •   Abnormal Crossover o   Occurs between non homologous chromosomes due to repetitive sequences or transposable elements o   Chromosomes will bind to eachother and crossover o   Lead to rearrangement in genetic material (no change in total amount of genetic material) §   “Balanced Translocation” o   Often occur without phenotypic consequences o   In a few cases, they can result in position effects •   People who have balanced translocations have a high probability of producing gametes with unbalanced combinations of chromosomes o   Depends on the segregation pattern during meiosis I à homologous chromosomes synapse with eachother •   For translocation to synapse properly, a translocation cross must form o   Centromeres usually separate propertly §   Can separate across or diagonal o   Figure 8.14 o   Alternate segregation are the chromosomes across from eachother (result in normal offspring) o   Adjacent 1 and 2 segregations produce unbalanced gametes with too much of one type of DNA o   Alternate and adjacent-1 segregations are likely outcomes (same frequency in fact) when individual carries ar reciprocal translocation o   Adjacent-2 is very rare •   Individual with reciprocal translocation produces four types of gametes •   2 are viable, 2 are nonviable o   “Semi-sterile” Chapter 8 Lecture 3: Changes in chromosome numbers can vary in two main ways -   Euploidy o   Variation in the number of complete sets of chromosome §   Haploid (n) vs Diploid (2n) vs triploid (3n) v tetraploid (4n) for all sets §   N=complete set o   Less common in animals put very common in plants o   Most animals and plants are diploid o   Polyploidy = organisms that have three or more sets of chromosomes o   Most changes in euploidy are not tolerated §   Polyploidy is normally lethal in animals o   Some euploidy changes are naturally occurring §   Female bee is diploid while male is haploid o   Few vertebrates are tetraploid o   Some diploid animals produce tissues that are polyploid §   Called endopolyploidy •   Liver cells do this (can be triploid, tetraploid or even octaploid) •   Hypothesized to be used when lots of gene product is needed o   Polytene chromosomes of insects provide an unusual example of natural variation in ploidy o   Plants commonly exhibit polyploidy §   30-35% of ferns and flowering plants are polyploid §   Polyploid plants display outstanding agricultural characteristics •   Often larger and more robust than diploid relatives §   Polyploids with an odd number of sets of chromosomes are usually sterile (3n) •   Can’t get tetrads because there are three chromosomes •   When the chromosomes segregate, two chromosomes go to one cell and one goes to another cell §   Plants that are odd in chromosome number (3n) do not produce seeds (are seedless) •   Bananas, watermelon §   These plants produce highly aneuploidy gametes o   Sterility is normally a detrimental trait §   Except for agriculture •   May produce seedless fruits (bananas and watermelons) •   May produce Seedless flowers o   Plants waste less energy producing seeds and bloom very large and with more flowers -   Aneuploidy (Figure 8.16) o   Variations in number of particular chromosomes within a set o   Considered ‘abnormal’ in any organism o   Commonly causes abnormal phenotype o   Leads to an imbalance in the amount of gene products o   Occurs in only few chromosomes or just 1 o   Phenotype of eukaryotic species is influenced by thousands of genes §   These gene expressions are balanced §   Aneuploidy results in imbalance of gene products •   3 chromosome copies = 150% production of gene product (trisomy à 2n+1) •   1 chromosome copy = 50% production of gene product (monosamy à 2n-1) o   Often detrimental or lethal phenotypes o   In humans, trisomies of chromosome 13, 18 , 21 are most likely to be aneuploidy §   Compatible with survival §   Chromosomes are relatively Small and carry fewer genes than larger chromosomes o   Involving sex chromosomes are less severe in effect because of X inactivation à barr bodies §   Less severe effects than those of autosomes o   Most aneuploidy are actually lethal during pregnancy (miscarriage)


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