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What are two views that challenge the theory that histones are more than just structural proteins?

Mammalian chromatin contains equal mass of histone and non-histone proteins.

Histones are highly conserved.


How does heterochromatin affect DNA?

It silences the genes it packages without regard to sequence and is directly inherited by daughter cells.


You are studying genetics in a laboratory. You examine a condensed chromatin that is highly concentrated around the centromeres and telomeres. Further testing shows that the chromatin contains few genes. What type of chromatin are you studying?



What type of chromatin is less condensed?



What is position effect variegation?

Breakage events in the genes that bring heterochromatin near active genes tends to silence the genes.


What are three histone modifications?

Acetylation of lysines

Mono, di and tri-methylation of lysines

Phosphorylation of serines.


When are major histones synthesized?

During S-phase. They are assembled into nucleosomes on daughter DNA helices just behind replication fork.


When are variant histones synthesized?

During interphase. They are inserted into already-formed chromatin.


What is the purpose of the histone code?

It determines how/when DNA is packaged in a nucleosome. The code is also read by the code reader complex.


Reading a histone code invovles joint recognition of marks. Where are these marks found?

On the nucleosome and the histone tail. The meanings of the codes are largely unknown.


What is the purpose of code reader-writer enzymes?

They spread the marks (signals) over chromosomes.


What is the purpose of chromatin remodeling proteins?

They either condense or decondense long stretches of chromatin as the reader moves along.


How is remodeling contained to one area of the chromosome?

Physical barriers

Enzymatic barriers

HS4 region (protects the beta globin locus from silencing and contains a cluster of histone acetylase binding sites).


What is the purpose of centromeric heterochromatin?

It contains H3 histone CENP-A and other proteins that pack the nucleosomes into dense arrangements to form the kinetochore, a structure required for attachment of the mitotic spindle.


What is satellite DNA?

Centromere sequences in humans that consist of short repetitive DNA sequences.


What are neocentromeres?

Centromeres that form spontaneously on fragmented chromosomes, some of which lack alspha satellite DNA.


What does de novo centromere formation require?

A seeding event on allpha satellte DNA.


How are histones inherited?

H3 - 4 tetramers are directly inherited by the daughter strands at the replication fork.


What are the larges chromosomes known?

Lampbrush chromosomes.

It is a series of large chromatin loops emanating from a linear chromosome axis.


How are different genetic activities localized in the nucleus?

Different "neighborhoods" have effects on gene expression.

Distinct biochemical environments have high local concentrations of enzymes and molecules for specific processes.


What is the final step in chromosome packaging?

Condensing the mitotic chromosomes.


How are sister chromatids formed and how are they held together?

Two daughter DNA molecules replicated in interphase are separately folded to produce two sister chromatids. They are held together at their centromeres.


What are the two purposes of condensation?

Disentanglement of sister chromatids to allow separation for cell division.

Protection of fragile DNA molecule as separation occurs.


Compaction of DNA is aided by what proteins?


ATP hydrolysis coiles the DNA molecules into chromatids.

They are the major structural component of the core of every metaphase chromosome.


What are homologues?

Genes that are similar in both sequence and function due to common ancestry.


How do genomic changes occur?

1/1000 nucleotide pairs is randomly changed in the germ line every million years.


How are sequence comparisons helpful?

They can provide insight into purpose or function.


What are pseudogenes?

A duplicated gene that has become irreversibly inactivated by multiple mutations.


What is divergence?

Both copies remain functional while dverging in sequence and pattern of expression.


Human genes vary ___% from each other.



What are SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms)?

Points in the genome where one group has one nucleotide and another group has another.


What are CNVs (copy number variants)?

Presence of many duplications and deletions of large blocks of DNA. Some blocks are common and others rare; the significance of most is unknown.


What is epigenetics?

A form of inheritance that is superimposed on the genetic inheritance based on DNA. It is the study of trait variations that are caused by external or environmental factors that switch genes on and off and affects how cells read genes.

It includes DNA methylation, chromatin structure and histone modification.