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The base sequence on the template strand determines the base sequence on the new strand, how?

Only a nucleotide carrying a base that is complementary to the next base on the template strand can successfully be added to the new strand


Why can't a nucleotide with the wrong base be inserted into the chain?

Because complementary bases form hydrogen bonds with each other, stabilising the structure


What does helicase do?

Unwinds the double helix and separates the two strands by breaking hydrogen bonds


How is the separation carried out by helicases?

They are a group of proteins that use energy from ATP, this energy is required for breaking the hydrogen bonds between complementary base pairs


Double stranded DNA cannot be split into two strands while it is still helical so what does helicase do?

Causes the unwinding of the helix at the same time as it separates the strands


What does DNA polymerase do?

Links nucleotides together to form a new strand, using the pre-existing strand as a template


How does DNA polymerase link DNA back together?

By making a covalent bond between the phosphate group of the free nucleotide and the sugar of the nucleotide at the existing end of the new strand
The pentose sugar is the 3' terminal and the phosphate group is the 5' terminal do DNA polymerase adds on the 5' terminal of the free nucleotide to the 3' terminal of the existing strand


What is PCR?

Polymerase chain reaction- is a tenchnique used to make many copies of a selected DNA sequence


Why is DNA semi-conservative?

Because it is made of two DNA molecules, both composed of an original strand and a newly synthesised strand


What is transcription?

Is the synthesis of RNA, using DNA as a template


What is the 5 step process of transcription?

1) the enzyme RNA polymerase bonds to a site on the DNA at the start of a gene
2) RNA polymerase moves along the gene separating DNA into single strands and pairing up RNA nucleotides with complementary bases on one strand of DNA, there is no thymine in RNA so uracil pairs to where thymine would
3) RNA polymerase forms covalent bonds with the RNA nucleotides
4) the RNA separates from the DNA and the double helix reforms
5) transcription stops at the end of the gene and the completed RNA molecule is released


What is the product of transcription?

Is a molecule of RNA with a base sequence that is complementary to the template strand of DNA- this RNA sequence is identical to the other strand except for uracil


What is the DNA strand with the same base sequence as the RNA stand called?

The sense strand


The other strand that acts as the template and has complementary base sequence to both the RNA and the sense strand is called?

The antisense strand


What is translation?

Is the synthesis of a polypeptide, with an amino acid sequence determined by the base sequence of a molecule of RNA


Where does translation take place?

In the cytoplasm known as ribosomes


The amino acid sequence of polypeptides is determined by what?

mRNA according to the genetic code


What is mRNA?

RNA that carries the information needed to synthesis a polypeptide


What is tRNA?

Involved in the decoding of base sequences of mRNA into an amino acid sequence during translation


What is rRNA?

Ribosomal RNA is part of the structure of the ribosome


What is the genetic code?

A set or rules by which encoded mRNA sequence is converted into proteins (amino acid sequence) by living cells


What are codons?

Are triplet of bases which encoded a particular amino acid


The are 4 bases so how many condon combinations?



What does the order of condones determine?

The amino acid sequence for proteins


What does a condon always start with?



What are the 2 features of the genetic code?

Universal- everything uses the same code
Degenerate- only 20 amino acids but 64 codons = more than one condon may code for the same amino acid


What are the 3 components that work together to synthesise polypeptides?

1) mRNA has a sequence of condone that specifies the amino amino acid sequence of the polypeptide
2) tRNA molecules have an anticodon of three bases that bind to a complementary codon of mRNA and they carry the amino acid corresponding to that codon
3) ribosomes act as the binding site for mRNA and tRNAs and also catalyse the assembly of the polypeptide


7 steps of translation : a

1) mRNA binds to the small subunit of the ribosome
2) a molecule of tRNA with an anticodon complementary of the first codon to be translated on the mRNA binds to the ribosome
3) a second tRNA with an anticodon complementary to the second codon on the mRNA then binds. Maximum of 2 tRNAs can be bound at the same time
4) ribosome transfers the amino acid carried by the first tRNA to the amino acid on the second tRNA making a new peptide bond, the second tRNA is now carrying a chain of two amino acids- a dipeptide
5) the ribosome moves along the mRNA so the first tRNA is released, the second becomes the first
6) another tRNA binds the anticodon complementary to the next codon on the mRNA
7) the ribosome transfers the chain of amino acids carried by the first tRNA to the amino acid on the second tRNA, by making a new peptide bond


Translation continues along the mRNA until what

A stop codon is reached


Production of human insulin in Bacteria is an example of what?

Of the universality of the genetic code allowing gene transfer between species- as the genetic code is the same in every species to any gene can be decided

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