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What are the purines?

adenine, guanine (PURe As Gold)

2

what are the pyrimidines?

cytosine, thymine, and uracil

3

what is ribose?

5 carbon sugar that is the primary building block of ribonucleic acids

4

how is deoxyribose different than ribose?

deoxyribose has been dehydroxylated at the 2' position

5

what is a nucleoside?

central ribose sugar and a base attached to it at the 1' position

6

what is a nucleotide?

a nucleoside with at least one phosphate group attached to the 5' position of the ribose

7

what is the universal energy currency in the body?

ATP

8

what is the solubility relationship between pyrimidines and purines?

pyrimidine > purine
in regards to solubility

9

what is the solubility relationship between nucleosides, bases, and nucleotides?

nucleotide > nucleoside > bases
in regards to solubility

10

between bases and nucleosides, which is less soluble?

base is less soluble than nucleoside

11

Gout is caused by the build up of ________ which is a precipitant of _______

uric acid, purines

12

The low solubility of purines and their accumulation leads to which 2 diseases covered in lecture?

Lesch-Nyhan disease and gout

13

in regards to the deoxyribose, why is the direction 5' to 3' polarity?

5' end has phosphate and 3' end has hydroxyl group. phosphate at the 5' end will bind with the hydroxyl group at the 3' end

14

What did the Avery, McCloud, and McCarty experiment find?

established DNA as the genetic material with their pneumococcus experiments. (smooth strain killed mice, rough strain did not. DNA from heat killed S cultured with R then killed mice BAM!)

15

what did the Franklin and Wilkins find and how?

helical structure of DNA through x-ray diffraction

16

what are Watson and Crick known for?

definitive double-helical structure

17

What are Chargaff's rules?

1. Molar ratios of total purines and total pyrimidines are roughly equal (G+A = C+T)
2. the molar ratios of adenine to thymine, and guanine to cytosine are roughly equal (G=C, A=T)
3. G+C / A+T ratio is different for different organisms

18

Describe the Watson-Crick model for DNA structure

2 strands in right handed helix
sugar/phosphate groups on the outside of helix (hydrophilic)
bases paired and stacked on the inside (hydrophobic)
major groove and minor groove
10 bp per turn of helix
horizontal distance covered by A-T is almost identical to G-C

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what 3 factors within the double helix help stabilize the electrostatic repulsion of the phosphate groups?

1. neutralized by positively charged species in cell (magnesium)
2. base pair linkages provide stability
3. base pairs stack on top of one another which allows for delocalization of electrons

20

what does increasing the salt concentration do to the stability of the DNA?

increases the stability of DNA

21

what do extreme pH do to the stability of the DNA?

decreases the stability through altering the ionization of the bases which form H-bonds

22

what does increasing the length of the DNA strand do to the stability?

increases stability

23

what does a higher GC content do to the stability of the DNA?

increases stability

24

where is circular DNA found?

prokaryotes and mitochondra

25

What occurs during methylation of base pairs?

methyl group is added to cytosine or adenine DNA nucleotides

26

what are the consequences of DNA methylation?

decreases gene activity and there is abnormal gene regulation

27

what is the major covalent modifcation of human DNA?

methylation of C at CpG sequences

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when does methylation of cytosine mostly occur?

when cytosine is adjacent to a guanine

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what does deamination of methylcytosine yield?

thymine

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why is deamination of methylcytosine a serious problem?

because turns into thymine, then on replication, an adenine will be added instead of a guanine