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What are examples of chromatin remodeling?

1) transcription factors bind to DNA and recruit coactivators (histone acetylases)

2) HIstone acetylases (gene expression) and histone deacetylases (inactie chromatin)

3) lysyl residues in histones are acetylated--decreaseing positive charge and weakening interaction with DNA

4) chromatin remodeling engine binds to acetylated lysyl residues and reconfigures DNA to expose promoter region

5) additional transcription factors bind in promoter region and recruit RNA polymerase 


What causes basal (low level) transcription?

transcription complex with general transcription factors and RNA polymerase 


How allows increased transcription?

response elements bind to to specific transcriptoin factors

--many response elements grouped to form enhancer


What is a upstream promotor?

close proximity ot -25 sequence

1) CCAAT box (around -75) binds general TF NF-1

2) GC rich sequence binds general TF SP-1

--binding sites for RNA polymerase and general transcription factors 


What are enhancers?

binding sites for activator proteins

not required for transcription

1) up to 1,000 bp away from gene

2) upstream, downstream, within intron

4) act in tissue-specific manner 

5) brought close to basal promoter region in space by bending of DNA molecule 


binding site for specific transcriptoin factor 


What is the difference between a cis and trans regulatory element?

Cis regulator: DNA regulatory base sequences (promoters, enhancers, response elements, UPE) that are binding sites for proteins

Trans regulator: transcription factors (and genes that encode them) 

--can diffuse through cell to point of action 


What are transcription factors?

activator proteins that bind to response elements


DNA binding domain

binds to nucleotide sequence in promoter or response element

ex. zinc fingers (steroid hormones), leucine zippesr (cAMP-dependent TF), helix-loop-helix, helix-turn-helix (homeodomain proteins encoded by homeotic/homeobox genes))

Activation domain 

allows TF to bind to other transcription factors

 interact with RNA polymerase II to stabilize initiation complex

recruit chromatin modifying proteins (histone acetylases or deacylases)


What is the response element, function and protein clas of steroid receptor TF?

response element: HRE (hormone response element) or GRE (glucocortisol response element)

function: steroid repsonse

protein class: zinc finger 


cortisol binds to TF in cytoplasm in hepatocytes and go to nucleus to bind to HRE


What is the response element (binding site), function and protein class of cAMP-response element binding (CREB) protein?

response element: CRE 

function: response to cAMP

protein class: leucine zipper


What is the response element , function and protein class of peroxisoe proliferator activated receptors (PPARs)?

response element: PPREs

function: regulate multiple aspects of lipid metabolism; activated by fibrates (turn on PPAR alpha) and thiazolidinediones (PPAR gamma--decrease serum TG)

protein class: zinc finger


What is the effects of PPAR alpha and gamma?

PPAR alpha: metaboize fatty acids

-genes increase peroxisomes, which need triglycerides to work so decrease triglyceride levels 

PPAR delta: store triglycerides in diposides 


What is the response element, function, and protein class of NFkB (nuclear factor kappa-B)?

Response element: kB elements (in immune cells)

function: regulates expression of many genes in immune system (inflammation)

protein class: Rel domains


glucocorticoids treat inflammation

--decrease signalling of NFkB signalling so no inflammation pathways turned on


What is the response element (binding site), function and protein class of homeodomain proteins?

Response element: NA

function: regulate gene expression during development

protein class: helix-turn-helix 

homeobox gene/PAX gene--> homeodomain protein-->bind to and enhance and turn gene on

turn on during development --on euchromatin (fingers and toes) and then off (heterochromatin)


What is the Klein Waardenburg syndrome?

Hox or PAX gene mutated --> limb abnromality



What is the result of thalidomide?

can cause limb abnormality

inhibits homeodomain protein binding to enhancer

drug that use to treat morning sickness 


What are general transcription factors?

bind to promoter to allow RNA polymerase to bind and form initiation complex

include: TFIID with its TATA box binding protein subunit (TBP)--must bind to TATA box before RNA polymerase II can bind


What are specific transcription factors?

bind to enhancer regions or silencers an dmodulate formation of initiation complex-->regulate rate of initiation of transcription 

combination of specific TF in particular cell at particular time determines which genes will be transcribed at what rates 

specific TF are proteins--so expression can be cell-type specific 

hormones can regulate activity of specific TF (ex. steroid receptors of CREB protein)


What are peroxisome proliferated activated receptors (PPARs)?

TF that bind DNA response elements (PPREs) and control lipid metabolism

activated by: fatty acids, Prostaglandin derivatives, fibrates, thiazolidinediones 


How does thiazolidinediones improve insulin resistance?

interaction with PPAR alpha 


What is Zellweger syndrome?

mutation in genes involved in peroxisome biogenesis

causes accumulation of long chain fatty acids and several unusually fatty acids, like hydroxylated and brancehd fatty acids

--defect in fatty acid efflux from peroxisomes

FEATURES: enlarged liver, ghih blood levels of Cu and Fe, vision problems

infants: failure to grow, mental retardation, abnormal muscle tone, multiple developmental abnormalities; die within first year 


What are fibrates used to treat?

hyperlipoproteinemia with elevated blood triglyerides but normal cholesterol and LDL levels

--drug stimulates proliferation of peroxisomes and increases gene expression of lipoprotein lipase-->fatty acid oxidation pathway induction 

(peroxisomes usually beta oxidize long and very long chain fatty acids; generate hydrogen peroxide)


What hormones bind to zinc finger proteins?

steroid hormones, thyroid hormones, vitamins A and D


What is cushing's syndrome?

too much ACTH secretion--> increased cortisol

hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia

--increased insuline-->turn on fatty acid and triglyceride synthesis 

SYMPTOMS: moon face, buffalo hump (TG storage), puruple striae


What is the gluconeogensis?

hepatic pathway that maintains adequate glucose in blood for tissues like brain and RBC during fasting and provides glucose during stress

--glucagon: secreted in response to hypoglycemia; membrane-assocaited receptor that increases cAMP concentration

--cortisol: secreted in response to stress; intracellular receptor--zinc-finger DNA binding protein 


What is PEPCK?

phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinse

catalyzes rate limiting step in gluconeogenesis 


How does cortisol induce PEPCK gene expression?

1) coritsol diffuses into hepatocyte

2)binds to receptor

3) copmlex enters nucleus

4) binds (through zinc fingers) to glucocorticoid response element (GRE) associated with PEPCK gene

5) increases gene expresson

6) PEPCK concentration increases in the cell

7) rate of gluconeogensis increases 


How does glucagon induce PEPCK gene expression?

1) glucagon binds to receptor on cell membrane

2) cAMP concentration icnreases

3) protein kinase A becomes active

4) phosphorylates and activates CREB

5) activated CREB enters nucleus and binds to CRE assocaited with PEPCK gene

6) increase sgene expression

7) PEPCK concentration increases in the cell

8) rate of gluconeogenesis increases 


How is cell differentiation controlled during development in utero?

homeodomain proteins control embryonic gene expression

regulatory proteins: encoded by homeobox (HOX) or homeotic genesor PAX genes

mutation in HOX or PAX genes produce developmental erros


What is Klein-Waardenburg syndrome?

PAX3 mutation

symptoms: dystopia canthorum (lateral displacement of inner corner of eye), pigmentary abnormalities (frontal white blaze of hair, patchy hypopigmentation of skin, heterochromia irides), congenital deafness, limb abnormalities


What do haploinsufficiency of sonic hedgehod genes (SHH) cause?

holoprosencephaly (HPE)

developmental anomaly of forebrain and midface

cerebral hemispheres fail to separate into distinct left and right halves



What is the co-expression of genes? Exceptions?

person is hetozygous for normal and sickle alleles, 50% of beta-globin chain will contain glutamate and 50% valine at the variable position (determined by codon 6)

Exceptions=barr body (inactivated X chromosome) in women; immunoglobulin heavvy and light chain loci (ensuring that one B cell makes only one specificity of antibody); T-cell receptor loci


What is genetic imprinting?

monoallelic expression; epigenetic phenomenon by which certain genes can be expressed in a parent-of-origin-specific manner


What is Prader-Willi syndrome?

chromosome 15 is imprinted so only paternal chromosome expressed

--child inherents paternal chromosome with region deleted or uniparental (maternal) disomy of chromsome 15

SYMPTOMS: childhood obesity and hyperphagia, hypogonadotrphic hypogonadism, small hands and feet, mental retardatoin, hypotonia


How can eukaryotic gene expression and protein levels be controlled?