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  1. The Race to Discover DNA

  2. Scientists call this the: DNA DNA Central Dogma of Molecular Biology! RNA RNA Protein Protein

  3. How do we know that all of our genetic information comes from DNA? • What type of experiment would you design to determine that DNA is the source of all genetic information?

  4. Griffith’s Experiment with Pneumonia and the accidental discovery of Transformation • Frederick Griffiths was a bacteriologist studying pneumonia • He discovered two types of bacteria: • Smooth colonies • Rough colonies CONCLUSION: The smooth colonies must carry the disease!

  5. When heat was applied to the deadly smooth type… And injected into a mouse… The mouse lived! Griffith’s Experiment with Pneumonia and the accidental discovery of Transformation

  6. Griffith’s Experiment with Pneumonia and the accidental discovery of Transformation • Griffith injected the heat-killed type and the non-deadly rough type of bacteria. • The bacteria “transformed” itself from the heated non-deadly type to the deadly type.

  7. Griffith’s Experiment did not prove that DNA was responsible for transformation How would you design an experiment to prove that DNA was responsible for transformation?

  8. Avery, McCarty, and MacLeodRepeated Griffith’s Experiment Oswald Avery Maclyn McCarty Colin MacLeod

  9. Avery, McCarty, and MacLeodAdded the non-deadly Rough Type of Bacteria to the Heat-Killed Smooth Type To the Heat-Killed Smooth Type, added enzymes that destroyed… Carbohydrates Lipids Proteins RNA DNA

  10. S-Type Carbohydrates Destroyed S-Type Lipids Destroyed S-Type Proteins Destroyed S-Type RNA Destroyed S-Type DNA Destroyed Conclusion: DNA was the transforming factor!

  11. The Hershey-Chase Experiment Protein coat Alfred Hershey & Martha Chase worked with a bacteriophage: A virus that invades bacteria. It consists of a DNA core and a protein coat DNA

  12. The Hershey-Chase results reinforced the Avery, McCarty, and MacLeod conclusion: DNA carries the genetic code! However, there were still important details to uncover…

  13. How did DNA:1. Store information?2. Duplicate itself easily? These questions would be answered by discovering DNA’s structure

  14. The Race to Discover DNA’s Structure

  15. The Race to Discover DNA’s Structure 1940s Discovered the alpha-helical structure of proteins. Linus Pauling

  16. The Race to Discover DNA’s Structure Why do you think the bases match up this way? 1950 Chargaff’s Rule: Equal amounts of Adenine and Thymine, and equal amounts of Guanine and Cytosine Purine + Purine = Too wide Pyrimidine + Pyrimidine = Too Narrow Erwin Chargaff Purine + Pyrimidine = Perfect Fit from X-ray data

  17. The Race to Discover DNA’s Structure X-Ray diffraction image of DNA taken by Franklin in 1951 Maurice Wilkins Rosalind Franklin

  18. The Race to Discover DNA’s Structure 1953 Compiled data from previous scientists to build a double-helical model of DNA James Watson Francis Crick

  19. DNA Structure • Deoxyribonucleic acid • Double helix (twisted ladder or strands) of nucleotides (Sugar (deoxyribose), phosphate and a nitrogen base) • Each strand has a sugar and phosphate backbone covalently bonded to a nitrogen base

  20. One single strand of DNA…

  21. DNA Structure • Double helix is made of covalently bonded strands that are hydrogen bonded to complementary covalently bonded strands • One strand bonds to the second strand via hydrogen bonds (weak enough to break in order to separate the 2 strands) • Each strand measures 3.4 nm/twist or 10 base pairs

  22. DNA Double Helix

  23. DNA Structure • Strands of DNA are different – they are oriented in opposite directions to each other – they are ANTIPARALLEL • Each end has a number (5’ or 3’ – you say 5 prime or 3 prime)

  24. Four Nitrogen Bases • Adenine (A), Guanine (G), Cytosine (C), Thymine (T) • Purines (double ring structures) – Adenine and Guanine • Pyrimidines (single ring structures) – Cytosine and Thymine • Chargaff rules: A –T and T – A • G – C and C - G

  25. Nitrogenous Bases Purines Pyrimidines Adenine Guanine Cytosine Thymine Phosphate Sugar (deoxyribose)

  26. Chromosome Structure • DNA packs tightly around histones to form chromatin. • DNA and histones form bead-like structures called nucleosomes. • Nucleosomes pack together to form supercoils. • Supercoils condense to form chromosomes.

  27. Chromosome Structure Nucleosome Chromosome DNA Coils Supercoils Histones

  28. DNA Replication • The double helix did explain how DNA copies itself • We will study this process, DNA replication, in more detail

  29. How does DNA replicate? Hypotheses: Conservative Semi-Conservative Dispersive

  30. DNA Replication • DNA copies itself in the “S” phase of interphase. • 1 parent DNA molecule produces 2 daughter DNA molecules, each daughter being made up of “parent” DNA and a strand of “new” DNA (semiconservative process)

  31. Steps of DNA Replication • 1. DNA unzips – Helicase enzyme breaks hydrogen bonds, unzipping the double helix at the origin of replication (about 100 on a human chromosome). • A replication bubble is formed when DNA unzips • DNA polymerization is bi-directional because of the antiparallel orientation of the DNA strand.

  32. Original strand DNA polymerase New strand Growth DNA polymerase Growth Replication fork Replication fork Nitrogenous bases New strand Original strand DNA Replication Section 12-2

  33. DNA Replication

  34. Steps of DNA Replication • 2. Bases pair up – DNA Polymerasebonds free nucleotides to complementary bases • DNA POL reads DNA in 3’ to 5’ direction, thus a new strand elongates only in the 5’ to 3’ direction • Nucleotides are added at a rate of about 50 per second in mammals and 500 per second in bacteria.

  35. Steps of DNA Replication • Leading strand has continuous elongation starting at RNA primer since it is read in 3’ to 5’ direction (towards replication fork) by DNA polymerase • Lagging strand has discontinuous elongation • DNA strand is read 3’ to 5’ away from the replication fork in a series of segments called Okazaki fragments • Once fragments are finished, they are joined to previous fragment with enzyme Ligase.

  36. DNA Replication

  37. Steps of DNA Replication • 3. Proofreading and repair • DNA polymerase “proof-reads” newly created DNA strand and identifies incorrect base pairs. • Nuclease (exonuclease) enzyme cuts out the identified incorrect nucleotides. • DNA polymerase places correct nucleotides into DNA strand. • Ligase fuses these corrected nucleotides into the DNA strand