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Special Topics. Review of Gene Expression Outline Definition of gene expression Proteins- the end product of gene expression Polymers of monomers Joined by peptide bond C. Denaturing of proteins leads to loss of function i. Ways to denature protiens

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Review of Gene Expression

Outline

Definition of gene expression

Proteins- the end product of gene expression

Polymers of monomers

Joined by peptide bond

C. Denaturing of proteins leads to loss of function

i. Ways to denature protiens

D. Genes code for proteins

i. Genome vs. gene

ii. Polymer of monomers (nucleic acid vs. nucleotide)

Transcription – DNA to RNA

A. Where does this occur?

Translation –RNA to protein

A. Where does this occur?

Why do we care about gene expression as allied health students?

Terminology to be aware of throughout the semester


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  • Structural molecules

  • Enzymes

  • Receptors for signals and hormones

  • Adhesion molecules

  • Recognition markers

Gene Expression- the process that makes a heart a heart, a brain a brain, and you different from me. The final end result is the synthesis of a protein.

DNA RNA Protein

The physiology comes from protein functions!


Proteins are chains of amino acids linked by the peptide bond

R

R

R

R

Proteins are chains of amino acids linked by the Peptide Bond

Primary structure


Essential 20 central carbon hydrogen amine group and carboxyl group different r groups

Essential 20: central carbon, hydrogen, amine group and carboxyl group....different R groups

Glycine Alanine Valine Leucine Isoleucine

Serine Threonine Cysteine Methionine Glutamic acid


Aspartic acid lysine arginine asparagine glutamine

Aspartic acid Lysine Arginine Asparagine Glutamine

Phenylalanine Tyrosine Histidine Tryptophan Proline


Denaturing proteins loss of structure leads to loss of function

Denaturing proteins: loss of structure leads to loss of function

Heat

pH

high salt

What is another way to change a protein’s conformation?


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R

R

Folding and coiling is stabilized by bonds formed between the “R groups” of amino acids.

First, understand this:


Changing a single amino acid can change the shape of the protein

Changing a single amino acid can change the shape of the protein

Can result in loss of protein function


Genes code for proteins

Genes code for proteins

A gene is a code which determines the sequence of amino acids in a protein

DNA

RNA

Protein

So changes in a gene can result in changes in protein structure (and the protein’s ability to function)


Genome vs gene

Genome vs gene?

  • Genome: like a cookbook

  • Gene: single recipe

  • How are recipes written?

    • Ingredient list

    • Order of adding ingredients

  • The gene= the recipe for a protein.

    • Which amino acids to link together

    • Order of linking them together

    • Mutation= heritable change


April 2003 human genome project was completed what do we know

April 2003- Human Genome Project was completed.What do we know

  • Haploid genome is a little over 3 billion base pairs.

  • 20-25,000 protein-encoding genes

  • What’s the rest?

    • RNA genes (tRNA, rRNA, RNAi/ RNAa’s, too)

    • “junk DNA” (pseudogenes)

    • Repeating elements, transposons, etc.


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  • DNA is

    • Macromolecule made by dehydration synthesis

    • Double stranded

    • Antiparallel

    • 5’ end to 3’end

    • has base-pairing rules:

    • A-T

    • C-G


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transcription

Transcription: Making a “working copy” of a gene. This process occurs in the nucleus of a cell

DNARNAProtein

RNA:

  • Is a macromolecule

  • is single stranded

  • It contains the sugar ribose (rather than deoxyribose)

  • It lacks T, uses U instead (uracil rather than thymine)


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Translation: the ribosome makes a protein using the code in the mRNA molecule and this occurs in the cytoplasm


Summary

Summary

Interactive Workshop Activity on Protein Synthesis

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/dna/index.html#


Why do we care about gene expression

Why do we care about gene expression?

  • Drug reaction due to expression of “alternate” forms of genes. (Personalized medicine is coming! NewScientist 27 Oct 2007)

  • Some people are more susceptible to disease states or infection (HIV/ Alzheimer’s / Diabetes/ obesity)

  • Your feelings can alter gene expression! (September 2007 issue of Genome Biology) loneliness desensitizes the glucocorticoid receptor and cuts off immune control and anti-inflammatory effects of cortisol.

  • Massage/hugging/gentle touch increases the synthesis and release of oxytocin (a protein hormone). More oxytocin means better social bonds.

  • The smell of coffee upregulates gene expression of nine different genes

  • Just to name a few......


Terminology

Terminology

  • Mutation vs. DNA damage

  • Pluripotent vs. unipotent stem cells

  • Determined vs. Differentiated


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