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Bio5A Topics 2-3: Water & Carbon

by: Akash Patel

Bio5A Topics 2-3: Water & Carbon Biol 5A

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These are the notes for the lectures on Water and Carbon.
Intro: Cell and Molecular Biology
Sean Cutler
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Date Created: 03/28/16
TOPIC TWO: WATER     ● Water forms a network of hydrogen bonds  ○ H and O in water are joined by a polar covalent bond: the electrons in a water  molecule spend more time near the oxygen  ○ Water is a polar molecule with a partial negative charge near the oxygen and  partial positive charge near the hydrogens  ○ In its liquid state, water molecules can form four hydrogen bonds with other water  molecules  ○ The polar nature of water gives it several important properties  ● Cohesion: when hydrogen bonds hold water molecules together  ○ cohesion allows water to be transported in plants against the force of gravity  ○ Water evaporates out of leaves and cohesion helps pull water up from the roots  ○ contributes to surface tension  ● Adhesion: when water interacts with other molecules  ○ In a tree, it will form hydrogen bonds with the cell walls, helps it travel against the  force of gravity  ● Water is a polar solvent and will react with other polar molecules, called hydrophilic  ● Hydrocarbon chains (regions involving C and H) are highly nonpolar and hydrophobic  ● Water has a high specific heat capacity  ○ Because of the many hydrogen bonds water molecules can form with each other  in liquid, water requires a large amount of energy to change its temperature by  even small amounts.  ○ The specific heat of a substance is the amount of heat that must be added to  increase 1g of the substance by 1 degree C  ○ Specific heat of water: 4.18 J/g(degree C)  ○ High specific heat allows it to absorb a large amount of energy without changing  temperature much  ● Water has a high heat of vaporization  ○ hard to moderate the climate on earth   ○ cooling effect of evaporating water keeps plant and animal life cool at higher  temperatures  ● Water is less dense when it is frozen  ○ in liquid water, molecules are closer­ hydrogen bonds are breaking and  re­forming.  ○ in ice, a regular array of water molecules forms, with stable hydrogen bonds   ○ This property is important for life in earth’s bodies of water because if ice was  denser than water, lakes and ponds would freeze from the bottom  ● In liquid, sometimes a hydrogen nucleus transfers to another water molecule to produce  a hydronium ion (H3O+) and a hydroxide ion (OH­)  ● Hydrogen has no neutron in its atomic nucleus  ○ a hydrogen ion (H+) is the same thing as a proton  ● The concentrations of H+ and OH­ are both 10^­7 moles per L  ○ When acids or bases are added, the relative concentration of the ions can be  changed   ○ Acids increase the concentration of H+ ions  ○ Bases decrease the amount of H+ ions by accepting a proton or by producing  OH­ ions  ○ pH = ­log10[H+]  ○ [H+][OH­] = 10^­14  ○ pH + pOH = 14  ○ in neutral water [H+]=10^­7 so pH= ­log(10^­7)= ­(­7) = 7  ○ Acids have a pH < 7  ○ Bases have a pH > 7  ● A buffer is a substance that can minimize changes in H+ and OH­ in a solution by  combining with excess H+ ions or donating them   ○ As the pH rises, the equilibrium shifts to the right  ○ As the pH falls, it shifts to the left  ○ buffers allow biological systems to resist changes in pH so that biomolecules can  stay in their optimum pH range    TOPIC 3: CARBON    ● Life on earth is carbon­based because of the properties of the carbon atom  ○ Carbon has 4 valence electrons, allowing it to form covalent bonds with up to four  different atoms  ○ able to give rise to many complex compounds and polymers   ○ Carbon Skeleton: interconnected carbons where various functional groups are  attached  ■ can be linear, branched, or in rings  ■ usually involving single or double bonds  ● The simplest carbon skeletons are hydrocarbons  ○ molecules consisting only of carbon and hydrogen  ○ Simple hydrocarbons containing no rings and only single bonds are alkanes   ■ only have C­H and C­C bonds  ○ named for the number of carbons in the longest chain  ○ When carbon in a molecule has only single bonds, and all are available bonds  are with hydrogen, it is saturated  ○ Hydrocarbons with at least one double bond with 2 carbons, are called alkenes  ○ Double bonds result in unsaturated molecules  ■ unsaturated molecules are less flexible  ○ Hydrocarbons involve only nonpolar bonds, hydrocarbons are hydrophobic  ○ store a large amount of chemical energy   ○ when completely oxidized, they generate CO2 and H2O and energy  ○ Pure hydrocarbons are not generally found in cells but molecules with  hydrocarbon portions  ● Organic chemists draw carbon skeletons using a simplified notation  ○ straight line is a single bond  ○ double line is a double bond  ○ end of a line or the place where two lines meet, is a carbon atom  ○ atoms other than carbon are indicated by their chemical symbol   ○ implied that all remaining bonds possible with a carbon are with hydrogens  ● Two compounds are isomers if they share the same chemical formula but have different  structures   ○ creates different chemical properties  ○ Structural isomers: differ in the arrangement of bonds  ○ cis­trans isomers: isomers that differ in arrangement of atoms around a C=C  double bond   ■ important in the properties of dietary fats and fatty acids in membranes  ○ Enantiomers: isomers involving at least one asymmetric carbon  ■ asymmetric carbon: one carbon joined to four different atoms or groups of  atoms  ■ 2 enantiomers are mirror images of each other and are named either L or  D  ■ In living systems, the L enantiomer is the most common form of amino  acids   ● There are 7 major functional groups  ○   ○ Hydroxl, carbonyl, carboxyl, and amino contain oxygen or nitrogen and can  participate in hydrogen bonding  ● Hydroxl group  ○ Turns hydrocarbon into an alcohol  ○ found in carbohydrates  ○ can interact with water  ● Carbonyl group:  ○ double bonded oxygen  ○ if it is present in the middle of a carbon skeleton, the compound is called a ketone  ○ if it is at the end, it is called an aldehyde  ● Carboxyl group:   ○ carbonyl group attached to a carbon that is also attached to a hydroxyl  ○ highly polar, in solution ionizes to release a proton  ○ also called carboxylic acid (COO­)  ● Amino group:  ○ forms amine compounds  ○ in solution, the lone pair of electrons on the nitrogen can interact with a proton  and will function as a base  ■ NH3+  ● Sulfhydryl group:  ○ polar  ○ consists of sulfur and hydrogen  ○ amino acid cysteine contains this  ● Phosphate group:  ○ phosphate atom bonded to four oxygen atoms  ○ if at the end of the molecule, it has a net charge of 2­  ○ if in the middle of the molecule, it has a net charge of 1­  ○ important in the structure of nucleotides   ○ addition or removal of phosphates is also important for regulating the functions of  proteins in cells  ● Methyl group:  ○ small hydrocarbon group  ○ hydrophobic, unlike the other groups  ○ important in DNA structure and gene regulation  ○ in thymine but not uracil  ● The major molecules in life systems are carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic  acids  ○ Carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins can become large because their monomers  form long polymers  ● Long polymers are built up by adding monomers together  ○ the OH­ of one monomer joins with the ­H of another monomer to form a net  covalent bond and releases water  ○ dehydration: a water molecule is removed from the two monomers, joining the  monomers together  ○ Nucleic acid polymers are used to store or convey genetic information  ○ Proteins are products of genes  ○ For lipids and carbohydrates, building of long polymers is a way to store energy  or build cell structures  ● To break down polymers, the covalent bond holding two monomers together is broken  ○ To each part, a ­H or ­OH is added in a reversal of dehydration  ○ Hydrolysis: breakdown of polymers into smaller pieces using water  ○ For proteins and nucleic acids, hydrolysis is used primarily to recycle monomers  ○ For lipids and carbohydrates, hydrolysis will start the process of collecting stored  energy 


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