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Mutations. Mutation: damage to genetic material. A mutation to genetic material is usually not beneficial. Mutagens are things that cause mutations, they include: 1. High Temperatures 2. Toxic Chemicals (pesticides, etc) 3. Radiation (nuclear and solar)

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mutation damage to genetic material
Mutation: damage to genetic material

A mutation to genetic material is usually not beneficial. Mutagens are things that cause mutations, they include:

1. High Temperatures

2. Toxic Chemicals (pesticides, etc)

3. Radiation (nuclear and solar)

Many common place items are capable of causing mutations: microwave, fruit from the store, radar, cellular phones….

somatic vs germ mutations
Somatic vs Germ Mutations

Some people may have mutations in their skin cells or hair. Such mutations are termed Somatic. Germ mutations occur only in the sex cells. These mutations are more threatening because they can be passed to offspring (forever).

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Meiosis is a prime time for mutations to occur.

The germ mutations that occur during meiosis could be passed on during a fertilization

mutations effect protein synthesis
Mutations effect protein synthesis

Transcription: Mutated DNA will produce faulty mRNA leading to the production of a bad protein.

types of mutations
Types of mutations

Chromosomal: affecting whole or a part of a chromosome

Gene: changes to the bases in the DNA of one gene

chromosome mutations nondisjunction
Chromosome Mutations: Nondisjunction

During meiosis tetrads may not segregate or in meiosis II, sister chromatids may stick together.

Nondisjunction.

The above karyotype is of a person who has nondisjunction of the 21st shromosome or Down syndrome. (note the extra chromosome)

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Gene Mutations: DNA base alterations

Point mutation

Insertion*

Deletion*

Inversion

*Frame Shifts*

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Point mutation - when a base is replaced with a different base.

CGG CCC AAT to CGG CGC AATGuanine for Cytosine

Insertion - when a base is added

CGG CCC AAT to CGG CGC CAA TGuanine is added

Deletion - the loss of a base

CGG CCC AAT to CGG CCA A T loss of Cytosine

frame shift mutations
Frame Shift mutations
  • A frame shift mutation results from a base deletion or insertion. Each of these changes the triplets that follow the mutation.

CGG CCC AAT to CGG CGC CAA T

  • Frame shift mutations have greater effects than a point mutation because they involve more triplets (recall how important triplets are to protein synthesis)
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The Frame shift changes the mRNA produced.

mRNA from DNA

as expected……..

GGG CCC TTT AAA

CCC GGG AAA UUU

Mutated DNAGGC GCC CTT TAA A

CCG CGG GAA AUU U

All the triplets are changed, this in turn changes the amino acids of the protein!

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Protein shape determines how a protein will function. A change in one amino acid may change the shape enough to distort the protein (as in sickle cell disease). Thus, change in one base could potentially distort a whole protein. It is more likely that a frame shift mutation will change several triplets and distort a protein’s structure.