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From DNA to Proteins. Section 2.3 BC Science Probe 9 Pages 42-47. DNA Structure. A DNA molecule looks kind of like a twisted ladder. DNA Structure. A DNA molecule is made up of 2 strands of smaller molecules called nucleotides. DNA Structure. A nucleotide is composed of: A sugar molecule

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From dna to proteins

From DNA to Proteins

Section 2.3

BC Science Probe 9

Pages 42-47


Dna structure
DNA Structure

  • A DNA molecule looks kind of like a twisted ladder.


Dna structure1
DNA Structure

  • A DNA molecule is made up of 2 strands of smaller molecules called nucleotides


Dna structure2
DNA Structure

  • A nucleotide is composed of:

    • A sugar molecule

    • A phosphate molecule

    • A nitrogenous base molecule


Dna structure3
DNA Structure

  • The sides of the ladder are made of the sugar and phosphates.

  • The rungs are the nitrogenous bases.


Dna structure4
DNA Structure

  • There are 4 nitrogenous bases:

    • Adenine (A)

    • Thymine (T)

    • Cytosine (C)

    • Guanine (G)


Dna structure5
DNA Structure

  • Adenine always pairs with thymine.

  • Cytosine always pairs with guanine.


Dna structure6
DNA Structure

  • DNA replicates itself before cell division.

    • The molecule splits and new bases join up with the bases on the parent strand.

    • The new strands are called daughter strands.


The genetic code
The Genetic Code

  • DNA has a 4-letter code.

  • The 4 letters are A, T, G & C for the 4 nitrogenous bases in the nucleotides.


The genetic code1
The Genetic Code

  • These bases combine to form 3-letter words.

  • Each 3-letter word codes for one of the 20 different amino acids.

    • Amino acids are what proteins are made of.

    • Different combinations of amino acids make different proteins.

    • Proteins determine the characteristics of organisms.


The genetic code2
The Genetic Code

  • So all of the 3-letter words put together in a cell’s DNA form the instructions for all of the body’s cells to follow!


Dna to genes
DNA to Genes

  • Your DNA (or anything else’s) is organized into genes.

    • A gene is a short section of DNA that contains the instructions to make a specific protein.

    • These instructions are determined by the order of the bases.


Dna to genes1
DNA to Genes

  • All of an organism’s genes (all of its DNA) is called the genome.

  • The human genome is contained in 23 pairs of chromosomes.


Genes to proteins
Genes to Proteins

  • The making of proteins is called protein synthesis.

  • The code for the protein comes from the DNA.

  • Protein synthesis takes several steps:


Genes to proteins1
Genes to Proteins

  • 1. mRNA is made from DNA.

    • RNA is ribonucleic acid, a single stranded molecule similar to DNA.


Genes to proteins2
Genes to Proteins

  • 2. mRNA is transferred from the nucleus (the region that stores DNA) to the ribosomes (the site where protein synthesis occurs). This brings the mRNA to somewhere useful.


Genes to proteins3
Genes to Proteins

  • 3. Ribosomes match up each set of nucleotides in the mRNA to a matching tRNA, starting at the "AUG" (ATG, the start sequence). The matching tRNA is carrying the amino acid for that specific sequence.


Genes to proteins4
Genes to Proteins

  • 4. The amino acid on the tRNA is added on to the growing polypeptide (protein) chain.


Genes to proteins5
Genes to Proteins

  • Eventually, the ribosomes hit a point in the RNA that codes for "STOP". This completes the synthesis of the protein.


Genes to proteins6
Genes to Proteins

  • Proteins have many functions:

    • Enzymes

    • Hormones

    • Insulin

    • Hemoglobin

    • Fibrinogen

    • Keratin

    • Collagen


Genes and variation
Genes and Variation

  • Genes are responsible for all of the characteristics that make up a species.

    • Different species have different genes. (Ex. tree vs. human)


Genes and variation1
Genes and Variation

  • All members of the same species have the same number and types of genes.

  • There are variations

    among genes.

    • Ex. The genes for eye

      colour can code for

      blue eyes, brown eyes

      or green eyes.


Genes and variation2
Genes and Variation

  • Different versions of genes produce different variations or traits.

    • Some are controlled by only one gene.

    • Some are controlled by a combination of genes.


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