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Week 15, LIFE102 Notes

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Life 102, Week 15 Notes 4/25/16, Chapter 21, Genomes and their Evolution  Comparisons of Genomes among Organisms o Provide information about the evolutionary history of genes and taxonomic groups o Genomics is the study of while sets of genes and their interactions o Bioinformatics is the application of computational methods to the storage analysis of biological data  Human Genome Project (1990-2003) o Funded for biomedical research  Genetic predisposition for diseases  Drug discovery o The rate of genomic sequencing has dramatically increased, while costs have decreased  What is this information used for? o Reverse Genetics:  Determining the phenotype from the genotype o Gene annotation:  Identification of protein coding genes with DNA sequences in a database o The comparison of sequences of previously-unknown genes with those of known genes in other species may help provide clues about their function  Metagenomics o DNA from a group of species (a metagenome) is collected from an environmental sample and sequenced o This technique has been used on microbial communities, allowing the sequencing of DNA of mixed populations and eliminating the need to culture species in the lab  Proteomics and Systems Biology o Proteomics is the systematic study of all proteins encoded by a genome o Proteins, not genes, carry out most of the activities of the cell o Systems Biology integrates complex interactions between the components of whole organisms o The Cancer Genome Atlas project is currently seeking all the common mutations in three types of cancer by comparing gene sequences and expression in cancer versus normal cells  Genomes vary in size and number of genes o Genomes of most bacteria and archaea:  1-6 million base pairs  1500-7500 genes o Genomes of eukaryotes are usually larger:  Greater than 100 million base pairs  Humans have 3000 base pairs o Our genes are few and far between.  ~20,000 genes o Humans and other mammals have the lowest gene density (number of genes) in a given length of DNA o Multicellular eukaryotes have many introns within genes and noncoding DNA between genes  Genomes vary in Gene Density o Number of genes is not correlated to genome size o Vertebrate genomes can produce more than one polypeptide per gene because of alternative splicing of RNA transcripts  Multicellular eukaryotes have much noncoding DNA and many multigene families o The bulk of most eukaryotic genomes neither encodes proteins nor functional RNAs o Much evidence indicates that noncoding DNA (previously called “junk DNA”) plays important roles in the cell o For example, genomes of humans, rats, and mice show high sequence conservation for about 500 noncoding regions o Sequencing of the human genome reveals that 98.5% does not code for proteins, rRNAs, or tRNAs 2 o About a quarter of the human genome codes for introns and gene related regulatory sequences  Noncoding DNA o Intergenic DNA is noncoding DNA found between genes  Pseudogenes are former genes that have accumulated mutations and are nonfunctional; used to be functional but are not used anymore.  Repetitive DNA is present in multiple copies in the genome o About three-fourths of repetitive DNA is made up of transposable elements and sequences related to them  Transposable elements o Transposable elements are mobile DNA segments that move from one stie to another in a cell’s DNA; they are present in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes o Eukaryotic transposable elements are of two types  Transposons, which move by means of a DNA intermediate  Retrotransposons, which move by means of an RNA intermediate  Genes and Multigene Families o Many eukaryotic genes are present in one copy per haploid sets of chromosomes o The rest of the gene’s occur in multigene families, collections of identical or very similar genes o Some multigene families consist of identical DNA sequences, usually clustered tandemly, such as those that code for rRNA products  Multigene Families o The classic examples of multigene families of non-identical genes are two related families of genes that encode globins o Alpha globins and beta globins are polypeptides of hemoglobin and are coded by genes on different human chromosomes and are expressed at different times in development  Duplication, rearrangement, and mutation of DNA contribute to genome evolution 3 o The basis of change at the genomic level is mutation, which underlies much of genome evolution o The earliest forms of life likely had minimal number of genes, including only those necessary for survival and reproduction o The size of genomes has increased over evolutionary time, with the extra genetic material providing raw material for gene diversification  Alterations of Chromosome Structure o Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes; chimpanzees have 24 o Following the divergence of humans and chimpanzees from a common ancestor, two ancestral chromosomes fused in the human line 4/27/16, Chapter 21 cont.  Evolution of genes with related functions o The genes encoding the various globin proteins evolved from one common ancestral globin gene, which duplicated and diverged about 450-500 million years ago o After the duplication events, differences between genes in the globin family arose from the accumulation of mutations o Subsequent duplications of these genes and random mutations gave rise to the resent globin genes, which code for oxygen- binding proteins o The similarity in the amino acid sequences of the various globin proteins supports this model of gene duplication and mutation  Comparing Genomes Provides Clues to Evolution o Genome comparisons of distantly related species helps us understand ancient evolutionary events  Identify conserved genes  Genes that are found in all kinds of different species that are nearly identical in genetic makeup o Genome comparisons of closely related species help us understand recent evolutionary events  Correlate genetic differences with phenotypic differences  Homeotic Genes 4 o Control the anterior-posterior axis in both invertebrates and vertebrates o Molecular analysis of the homeotic genes in Drosophila has shown that they all include a sequence called a homeobox o An identical or very similar nucleotide sequence has been discovered in the homeotic genes of both vertebrates and invertebrates 4/27/16, Chapter 22: Decent with Modificiation o A new era of biology began in 1859 when Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species o Darwin noted that current species are descendants of ancestral species o Evolution can be defined by Darwin’s phrase “descent with modification” o The view that all organisms are related through descent from an ancestor that lived in the remote past  The head stander beetle and its many close relatives (>350,000 species of beetles) illustrate 3 key observations about life: o The striking ways in which organisms are suited for life in their environments o The many shared characteristics (unity) of life o The rich diversity of life  How does evolution work? o Darwin collected specimens of South American plants and animals o He hypothesized that species from South America had colonized the Galapagos and speciated on the islands  Where did the wide variety of finches come from? o Each species of finch adapted to a certain food type/environment  Darwin noted that humans have modified other species by selecting and breeding individuals with desired traits, a process called Artificial Selection  Individuals of a population very, this variation is heritable 5 o Survival of offspring is not random, but depends on their hereditary properties o Individuals that are best fitted to the environment will survive and leave more offspring o Survival of the fittest leads to “descent with modification"  Natural selection: process in which individuals with favorable inherited traits are more-likely to survive and reproduce o Result: favorable characteristics accumulate over the generations (adaptations) o This process explains the match between organisms and their environment  Summary: Darwin and Evolution o Observations  Individuals in any population vary in their heritable characteristics  Organisms produce more offspring than the environment can support o Inferences  Individuals that are well suited to their environment tend to leave more offspring than other individuals  Over time, favorable traits accumulate in the population  Selection pressure: o Environment factor that restricts survival and reproduction o Increased pressure  more rapid selection o Natural selection does not create new traits, but edits or selects for traits already present in the population o The local environment determines which traits will be selected for or against in any specific population  Mutations: generated all the time o Mutations that promote survival will be carried on to the next generation o Populations change over time: “Evolution” o After sufficient evolution: a new species emerges o Species: a group of organisms that can interbreed 6 o 2 different species cannot interbreed!!  Evolutionary trees are hypotheses about the relationships among different groups and can be made using different different types of data (anatomical and DNA sequence data)  Life is very uniform o Cuase of similarity: evolution o All life forms are realted o Live is very diverse o Cause of diversity: evolution o New life forms evolve  increased diversity over time 4/29/16, Chapter 22, cont.  Evolution is supported by an overwhelming amount of scientific evidence  Evolution: Reflected in anatomy o Homologous structures are anatomical resemblances that represent variations on a structural theme present in a common ancestor o Evolutionary trees are hypotheses about the relationship among different groups o Whale pelvis: no more function o Vestigial structures are remnants of features that serve important functions in the organisms’ ancestors  Convergent Evolution o Convergent evolution is the evolution of similar, or analogous, features in distantly related groups o Analogous traits arise when groups independently adapt to similar environments in similar ways  Evolution: Reflected in Fossils o Fossils: remains of ancient life forms usually trapped in sedimentary rock  The Fossil Record o The fossil record provides evidence of the extinction of species, the origin of new groups, and changes within groups over time o Shows intermediate structures 7  Ex. Hind limbs on ancient whales  Evolution: Reflected in Biogeography: o “The geographic distribution of species” o Species that live closer together are more related  Evolution: Reflected in Embryology o Related organisms show similar embryonic development o Comparative embryology reveals anatomical homologies not visible in adult organisms  Evolution: Reflected in DNA & protein structure o More differences=less related 1/29/16, Chapter 23: Evolution of Populations  Overview: The smallest unit of evolution o One misconception is that individual organisms evolve during their lifetimes… o Natural selection acts on individuals, but only populations evolve o Population of medium ground finches on Daphne Major Island:  During a drought, large beaked birds were more likely to crack large seeds and able to survive  The finch population evolved by natural selection  How do changes occur in populations? o Variation in heritable traits is a prerequisite for evolution o Population: group of individuals of a single species that live in a certain geographical area and interbreed o Gene pool: all genes in a population o Population genetics: measures changes in allele frequencies in populations over time  Microevolution  Hardy-Weinberg Equation o P^2+2pq+q^2=1 o Can be used to test whether a population is evolving o Describes distribution of alleles and genotypes in a population that is not evolving 8 9


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