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What is protein synthesis?

It is the combining of small molecules to make large molecules.


Why do synthesis require both matter and energy?

Matter - small molecules to be joined.
Energy - to form the chemical bonds that hold the smaller units together.


What is a base triplet?

It is a sequence of three bases.

CAG - Valine
TTA - Leucine
CCC - Proline


Where are the amino acids joined together?



Explain the function if the messenger RNA (mRNA) ?

The RNA molecule takes the code from the DNA in the nucleus to the ribosomes in the cytoplasm. mRNA is small enough to pass through the pores in the membrane around the nucleus. (Nuclear pores)


What is the function of Helicases?

They are enzymes that make the double-stranded DNA molecule come apart, usually about 17 base pair at a time.


What happens at the end of the gene?

A sequence of bases tell the RNA polymerase to stop copying and as a result the mRNA molecules is released. Often other RNA polymerases will follow the first one so that many copies of the same mRNA are made.


Which strand of the DNA molecule is copied during transcription?

The Template Strand because it is the template from which the mRNA is made.


What is the Coding Strand?

One of the 2 strands of the DNA molecule that contains the triplets for a particular protein.


What is an intron?

Nonsense regions in a newly formed mRNA molecule. Nucleotides that have no meaning are removed before the mRNA leaves the nucleus.


What is an exon?

Segments in the newly formed mRNA molecule that contain the code for a protein. Each exon will contain many codons. After the introns have been removed the mRNA will consist only of exons.


What happens after the introns have been removed?

After the introns have been removed the mRNA will consist only of codons. This shortened, functional mRNA is ready to leave the nucleus and direct protein synthesis in the cytoplasm.


What is a Codon?

A group do three bases which is the code for an amino acid.


What is the Start Codon?

The codon AUG (adenine, uracil, guanine)


AUG is the codon for the amino acid Methionine. What does this mean?

This means that every protein begins with methionine when it is first made. The methionine may be removed later.


Step by step process of Transcription.

1. The two strands of the DNA in a gene separate. (RNA polymerase)
2. mRNA forms with bases that are complementary to those on the template strand of the DNA.
3. The mRNA molecule that is formed undergoes modification - the introns are removed, leaving just exons.
4. mRNA travels from the nucleus to the cytoplasm.


Step by step process of Translation.

5. mRNA attaches to a ribosome.
6. The ribosome moves along the mRNA, reading the code. At the start codon it begins making the protein.
7. For each codon on the mRNA, a tRNA with a matching anticodon brings the correct amino acid.
8. The amino acids are bonded together to form the protein.


What is Translation?

Translation is the production of protein using the information that is coded in the mRNA molecule.


Explain the role of the tRNA.

Transfer RNA; a small RNA molecule that carries amino acid to the ribosome and places It in the correct position determined by the mRNA.


Explain the role of an Anticodon.

An Anticodon can bind with the complementary bases of a codon on the mRNA molecule. The anticodon determines the type of amino acid carried by the tRNA.

The three bases in a tRNA molecule that are the 'mirror image' of a codon.


How do antibiotics work?

They work by blocking translation during the process of protein synthesis. This is because bacteria are unable to reproduce if they cannot make new protein. Such antibiotics include tetracycline, streptomycin and erythromycin.


What is a triplet?

A sequence of three bases in DNA that specifies a particular amino acid ( aka base triplet).


What is a Gene Expression?

It is where information is transcribed from DNA to produce mRNA and then translated into a chain of amino acids to form a protein.


What is the difference between Protein Synthesis and Gene Expression?

Protein synthesis is one of the possible outcomes of expression of genes that codes for protein segments. However, DNA also code for RNA that is not involved in protein synthesis directly. These pieces of RNA act to regulate the expression of genes.


What is a structural gene?

It is the portion of a DNA molecule that contains the code for manufacture of a protein. Other parts of the DNA act as promoters or regulators.


What is gene regulation?

The is the cell's control over when a particular protein is made and the quantity that is made is known as the regulation of gene expression.


Explain the process of Gene Expression.

It is a two-stage process.
1. Transcription, an mRNA molecule is synthesized using the DNA as a template.
2. Translation, the info contained in the mRNA is used to determine the sequence of amino acids in the protein.

Gene expression can be regulated at the transcription stage, at the translation stage or by the later modification of the protein that is formed.


Explain the role of Promoters.

Promoter genes are controlled so that they indicate which structural genes should be in use for the production of a particular mRNA at a give time. In this way they control which proteins a cell manufacture.


Explain the role of Regulator Genes.

These regulate the activity of structural genes by controlling production of a protein that controls the rate of transcription from the structural gene. Control of the rate of transcription from the structural gene determines the amount of the particular protein that is made at any given time.


Does protein synthesis stop after the production of an amino acid chain as a result of translation?

No, the chain of amino acids must also be organized into a particular shape. Protein molecule shape is critical for the correct functioning of the protein. Even a very slight change in structure can prevent the protein from functioning normally.