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What type of bonds exist between complimentary bases of the 2 anti parallel DNA strands in a DNA double helix? How do these protect DNA?

Hydrogen bonds
They keep the charged phosphate sugar backbone facing the water environment, protecting the bases in the middle.


Which enzyme catalyses the addition of nucleotides during replication of DNA

DNA polymerase III


In what direction does DNA synthesis always occur, and how do you distinguish between the two ends?

5' to 3'. The 5' end is the amino end, while the 3' end features a hydroxyl group from the carboxyl group


Where DNA contains thymine, RNA contains which base?



At which part of a gene is the promoter located?

5' to the transcription start site


What are the two main types of RNA processing (to make mature mRNA)

5' capping, addition of a polyA tail (for nuclear export and stability)


Which amino acid always initiates translation

Methionine (AUG)


What are the 3 stop codons and do they code for an amino acid

Don't code for an amino acid


What end of tRNA is the amino acid attached to and what is tRNA with an amino acid attached referred to as

3' end, aminoacyl-tRNA


What are the four stages of protein synthesis

Amino acid activation, initiation, elongation, termination


What is an example of a general transcription factor

Housekeeping gene. General TF are expressed in all cells


What are the 3 main constituents of a nucleotide

Nitrogenous base, pentose sugar, phosphate


What does a nucleoside consist of

Base, sugar


Which two bases are purines

Guanine and adenine


What is the building block of DNA synthesis

Nucleoside triphosphate (dNTP)


What are the 4 steps (include enZymes involved) in synthesis of the lagging strand

Lagging strand synthesis is discontinuous
1. Primase synthesizes RNA primer
2. DNA pol III elongates RNA primers with new DNA a
3. DNA pol I removes RNA at 5' end of neighboring fragment plus fills the gap
4. DNA ligase connects adjacent fragments


What is an exon?

A coding region of DNA, separated from each other by non-coding regions called introns


Do regulatory regions contain information about the structure of a gene product?

No. They contain sequences that are recognised and bound to by proteins that make a gene's RNA, and also by proteins that influence how much of the gene should be made


What is the difference between DNA and RNA sugars?

The ribose sugar has an extra alcohol group where a deoxyribose sugar has a hydrogen


What are Nucleic Acids?

Polymers of nucleotides, linked by phosphodiester bonds


Which bases are pyrimidines and how many rings to they have?

PyCT - pyrimidines are Cytosine and Thymine. These are ONE ringed structures


What is a regulatory sequence?

A binding site for gene regulatory proteins that affects transcription rates. These DO NOT have to be close to promotor regions, and can even be in introns


Do purine bind to other purines, or to pyrimidines and why?

Purines bind to pyrimidines, which keeps an even radius to the DNA double helix - purines are big (double rings) and pyrimidines are small (single rings). This is Complementary Base Pairing - Adenosine binds to Thymine, Cytosine binds to Guanine


What do the terms degenerate, and unambiguous refer to in regards to DNA and amino acids?

Degenerate: every amino acid is coded for by at least one codon
Unambiguous: one codon codes for only one amino acid


What is the charge on a:
1. nucleic acid
2. amino acid

1. Negative
2. Positive


Which enzyme unwinds DNA for replication, and which nucleotides feature strongly in origin of replication regions?

DNA helicase
A-T regions


When are introns spliced out?

After the formation of mRNA