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  1. Statistical GeneticsBiological Introduction DNA in Nucleus RNA copy Protein in cytoplasm

  2. Central Dogma • DNA carries the genetic code and transcribes an RNA copy of the code • The RNA copy is translated by ribosomes to make protein DNA RNA Protein 1 2 Transcription Translation

  3. Step 1: RNA SYNTHESIS- TRANSCRIPTION The process of converting the information contained in a DNA segment into proteins begins with the synthesis of mRNA molecules containing anywhere from several hundred to several thousand nucleotides, depending on the size of the protein to be made. Each of the 30,000-100,000 proteins in the human body is synthesized from a different mRNA that has been transcribed from a specific gene on DNA.

  4. Transcription • If a protein is required by a cell, that gene is activated (turned on).. • The gene makes an RNA copy of itself in the form of a messenger RNA molecule (mRNA) • Enzyme RNA polymerase runs along open DNA strand and synthesizes RNA complementary to the DNA. A small section of the DNA double helix unwinds, and the bases on the two strands are exposed. RNA nucleotides (ribonucleotides) line up in the proper order to their complementary bases on DNA, the nucleotides are joined together by RNA polymerase, and a piece of mRNA is produced. The DNA strand that is transcribed is called the template strand and is a copy of the DNA informational strand!

  5. RNA Polymerase • Runs along DNA in a 5’ to 3’ direction (adding bases to the 3’ end) and forms mRNA • Until it hits a STOP signal, falls off and mRNA is released…..DNA reseals…

  6. How does the RNA pol know where to start reading a Gene?

  7. The Genetic Code If DNA is a long repeating length of… ACTGAATTGCCCTTCATGGTCATGGCT

  8. The Genetic Code • Every 3 nucleotide bases in DNA is a Code… • In RNA, the 3 complementary bases are a Codon… DNA Code RNA Codon

  9. The Genetic Code Every 3 nucleotides on mRNA ‘spell’ for one amino acid ACA spells Threonine CAC spells Histidine GUU spells Valine UUA spells Leucine

  10. The Genetic Code • The specific sequence of 3 nucleotide bases indicates how a protein is to be constructed • An mRNA sequence such as: UUU-UUG-GUA-CCC Means that a protein of Amino Acids… Phenylalanine-Leucine-Valine-Proline is to be made

  11. How to make that Protein?Step 2: Translation • mRNA is produced in nucleus by RNA pol reading the DNA code • mRNA travels to cytoplasm where proteins are made in a process known as Protein Synthesis or Translation 2

  12. Translation Requires: • Message in the form of mRNA… • A Ribosome….. • Another type of RNA…called Transfer RNA (tRNA) • A pool of amino acids in cytoplasm AA3 AA1 AA2 Free Amino Acids

  13. Translation Process:Initiation • Translation is the process of converting the mRNA codon sequences into an amino acid sequence. The initiator codon (AUG) codes for the amino acid N-formylmethionine (f-Met). No transcription occurs without the AUG codon. f-Met is always the first amino acid in a polypeptide chain, although frequently it is removed after translation. • After the initiation phase the message gets longer during the elongation phase….

  14. Translation: Elongation • A Ribosome runs along mRNA reading codons, beginning at AUG (Start) • A tRNA carrying the corresponding AA drops into position and leaves AA off • New protein emerges from ribosome as a growing peptide chain

  15. Elongation • Text pg 228, 231

  16. Polysomes… Often many ribosomes will read the same message and a structure known as a polysome forms. In this way a cell may rapidly make many proteins.

  17. Control of Genes:The Operon Model The operon model of prokaryotic gene regulation was proposed by Fancois Jacob and Jacques Monod… Groups of genes coding for related proteins are arranged in units known as operons. An operon consists of an operator, promoter, regulator, and structural genes. The regulator gene codes for a repressor protein that binds to the operator, blocking the promoter and thus blocking transcription of the gene. If the repressor protein is removed, transcription may again occur. Such regulatory proteins recognize and bind to specific DNA sequences and can either turn-on or turn-off genes

  18. The Genetic Material-DNA- and it’s Role • Where is the genetic material stored? • Before 1930, this was not clear… • Hammerling in Germany studied the small green algae, Acetabularia to find out

  19. Acetabularia Cap Stalk Foot

  20. Acetabularia • Cut off cap….new one grows • Cut off foot…no new growth • Hammerling hypothesized the information for growth & development resides in the foot. • AND… the nucleus resides in the foot

  21. Acetabularia…Transplantation Experiments • In replacing caps and feet between species, Hammerling found that the nucleus-containing foot was the determining factor.

  22. DNA Protein Coat Hershey-Chase Experiment 1952 • Worked with viruses that attacked bacteria…called Bacteriophage • Composed of only protein coat & DNA • Look like bizarre spacecraft...

  23. DNA Protein Coat Bacteriophage • Life cycle includes attacking bacteria cell and injecting its genetic material inside…producing thousands of new viruses • If virus has only protein and DNA, one is the candidate genetic material • How to determine which? Bacteria cell

  24. Hershey-Chase Experiment 1952 In 1952, Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase conducted a series of experiments to determine whether protein or DNA was the hereditary material. By labeling DNA and protein with different radioisotopes, they would be able to determine which chemical (DNA or protein) was getting into the bacteria. And such material must be the hereditary material. Since DNA contains Phosphorous (P) but no Sulfur (S), they tagged the DNA with radioactive Phosphorous-32. Conversely, protein lacks P but does have S, thus it could be tagged with radioactive Sulfur-35. • Alfred Hershey & Martha Chase labeled the Bacteriophage protein with radioactive Sulphur (35S) and the DNA with radioactive Phosphorous (32P) • Later…The newly formed viruses inside the cell had only 32P label.

  25. Therefore: DNA is the Genetic Material Structure of DNA: … • Made of Nucleotide units: • Ribose sugar (5C sugar) • Phosphorous group (-PO4) • Nitrogen-containing base (A,G,C,T) • Nucleotides are linked together by covalent (phosphodiester) bonds

  26. DNA Structure • Two anti-parallel nucleotide strands held together by H-bonds • And twisted together to form a helical structure

  27. DNA Replication 5’ • An enzyme termed DNA Polymerase synthesizes new DNA from original in a 5’ to 3’ direction (the end with a free –OH group) • DNA replication results in two new complementary strands of DNA…. • One of each is from original and one new…..semi-conservative replication 3’ New nucleotides can Only add to this end

  28. DNA replication involves a great many building blocks, enzymes and a great deal of ATP energy. DNA replication in humans occurs at a rate of 50 nucleotides per second and ~500/second in prokaryotes. Nucleotides have to be assembled and available in the nucleus, along with energy to make bonds between nucleotides. DNA helicase enzymes unzip the DNA helix by breaking the H-bonds between bases. Once the polymerases have opened the DNA, an area known as the replication bubble forks (always initiated at a certain set of nucleotides, the origin of replication). New nucleotides are placed in the fork and link to the corresponding parental nucleotide already there (A with T, C with G). Prokaryotes open a single replication fork, while eukaryotes have multiple forks.

  29. Since the DNA strands are antiparallel, and replication proceeds in the 5' to 3' direction on EACH strand, one strand will form a continuous copy. The top strand here….

  30. The Lagging Strand …while the other, lagging strand will form a series of short pieces with gaps. These are called “Okazaki fragments” and require the use of other enzymes to complete the process.

  31. Proofreading DNA must be faithfully replicated…but mistakes occur: • DNA polymerase (DNA pol) inserts the wrong nucleotide base in 1/10,000 bases • DNA pol has a proofreading capability and can correct errors • Mismatch repair: ‘wrong’ inserted base can be removed • Excision repair: DNA may be damaged by chemicals, radiation, etc. Mechanism to cut out and replace with correct bases

  32. How Cells Divide: Mitosis

  33. Mitosis Cells must be able to grow & divide New cells must contain the entire set of DNA molecules of the parent cell Cell division involves replication of the DNA molecules stored in chromosomes All the Human chromosomes must be copied and passed to each new cell during mitosis

  34. Chromosomes:Contain lots of DNA! Chromosome Spread DNA must be highly folded to fit... Some of the DNA from one Chromosome

  35. DNA folding An average human cell measures ~10µm across…. yet contains ~2 meters of DNA! How to pack it all in??? The DNA double strand is about 2nm across and very long… DNA is highly folded:

  36. ChromatinThe thin, active structure of DNA First level of DNA folding Every 200 nucleotides of DNA wrap around a core of Histone proteins Giving a “beads on a string” look Histones are Basic proteins rich in Amino Acids; Lysine & Arginine -First DNA is wrapped by Histone proteins # 2-4 Addition of Histone protein 1-Results in a DNA-Histone strand ~30nm wide

  37. Chromosome The highly folded DNA structure An inactive form of DNA Chromatin lengths of 50,000-100,000 nucleotides are looped together by nonhistone proteins Chromosomes pack DNA into final structure measuring 5µm long x ~1µm wide

  38. Cell Cycle Cells must be able to grow & divide New cells must contain complete copies of the entire set of chromosomes and all their DNA A Cell’s lifetime of growth & division can be referred to as a Cell Cycle

  39. Cell Cycle Includes not only cell division, but also the intervening time period when cells are not dividing...

  40. Eukaryotic Cell CycleIncludes: 1. Cell growth 2. Chromosome replication 3. Cell division (2 types) • Mitosis • Meiosis

  41. Cell Cycle Phases • Interphase: cell growth & DNA replication (steps 1& 2 from previous slide) • Mitosis: nuclear & cell Division

  42. Interphase Composed of G1, S & G2 phases Interphase includes everything except Mitosis

  43. Interphase G1- gap phase between Mitosis & S S phase- DNA replication G2-gap phase between S & Mitosis

  44. Mammalian Cell Cycle G1: Highly variable, Very short in rapidly dividing cells, long in slow-growing cells S: 3-8 hours G2: 2-6 hours M: 1-2 hours

  45. Control of the Cell Cycle For all living eukaryotic organisms it is essential that the different phases of the cell cycle are precisely coordinated. The phases must follow in correct order, and one phase must be completed before the next phase can begin. Errors in this coordination may lead to chromosomal alterations. Chromosomes or parts of chromosomes may be lost, rearranged or distributed unequally between the two daughter cells. This type of chromosome alteration is often seen in cancer cells

  46. 2001 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Leland Hartwell, Paul Nurse & Timothy Hunt made seminal discoveries concerning the control of the cell cycle. They identified key molecules that regulate the cell cycle in all eukaryotic organisms, including yeasts, plants, animals and human. Defects in cell cycle control may lead to the type of chromosome alterations seen in cancer cells.

  47. G1 Arrested Cells • An important control point in cell cycle holds cells in G1 • Cells can remain indefinitely in G1 • Such cells are said to reside in a G0 state, a cell cycle holding point..… • G0 Cells may re-enter the normal cell cycle if given conditions suitable for growth....

  48. The S Phase Each Chromosome replicates to form 2 Chromatids. Replicated chromatids are joined together at their centromeres Replication is semi-conservative. Meaning- each DNA strand serves as a template for a new strand

  49. Cytokinesis • Actual cell division stage • In animal cells, a constriction furrow forms on the outside to pinch the new cells apart. • In plant cells, a cell plate forms inside and separates the cell.

  50. Sexual Reproduction:Meiosis