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What is non-coding DNA?

Non-protein coding sequences

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List four types of non-coding DNA

1) Spacer Sequences
2) Introns
3) Genes encoding nonprotein-coding RNA
4) Repetitious DNA (most abundant)

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Exon

Sequence of DNA translated into protein

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Intron

Sequences of DNA that are spliced out

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Gene Family

Genes that have a similar nucleotide sequence & encode similar proteins

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Pseudogenes

Mutation of a gene gives rise to an inactive duplicate

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How do gene families arise?

Spontaneous mutation and meiotic accidents

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What is chromatin?

Complex of DNA and protein

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How many chromosomes are found in a diploid human cell?

46: 2 sex chromosomes & 44 autosomes

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How is the mitochondrial genome different from the nuclear genome?

- Circular molecule
- Present in multiple copies per organelle
- encodes 13 proteins & 24 RNA molecules
- Not extensively associated with proteins

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Heterochromatin

- Stained
- Complex with proteins
- Transcriptionally inactive
- Periphery

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Euchromatin

- Translucent
- Transcriptionally active
- Decondensed

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What processes occur in the nucleolus?

Assembly of ribosomal subunits

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Key features of the nuclear pore complex

- Nuclear basket on the nuclear side
- Protein ring anchored to the double membrane
- Central transporter inside protein ring
- Filaments on cytoplasmic side

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Ran-dependent import into the nucleus

Ran & Importin = Protein & Ribosomal subunits into the nucleus
1) Importin + Cargo enters nucleus
2) Importin/Cargo + Ran-GTP= Cargo released
3) Ran-GTP/Importin= Exported to Cytoplasm
4) GTP hydrolyzed= Ran-GDP + Importin dissociate
5) Ran-GDP re-enters nucleus

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Ran-dependent export from the nucleus

Ran & Exportin = protein out of the nucleus
1) Cargo + Exportin
2) Cargo/Exportin + Ran-GTP= Exported
3) GTP hydrolyzed= Dissociation in cytoplasm
4) Ran-GDP & Exportin re-enter nucleus

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Semi-conservative Replication

- Each strand of parental DNA serves as a template for synthesis of a new complimentary DNA strand
- Each daughter DNA contains 1 parental strand and 1 newly synthesized strand

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Replication Origin

Where replication begins; multiple origins on each chromosome

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Bidirectional Replication

Replication is bidirectional from each origin

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What are the nucleotide donors for DNA synthesis?

dATP, dGTP, dCTP, and dTTP

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What is the significance of the pyrophosphate formed during chain elongation?

- Pyrophosphate is released as each nucleotide is incorporated into DNA
- Hydrolysis of pyrophosphate drives the reaction to the right

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Key features shared by DNA polymerase

Note, y-DNA polymerase synthesizes mitochondrial DNA
1) Template-directed
2) Primer is required
3) Synthesize 5'-->3'
4) Newly synthesized DNA is anti-parallel to template

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DNA Helicase

Use ATP-energy to unwind DNA double helix for replication

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Single stranded DNA binding proteins

bind unwound DNA to prevent re-association

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Topoisomerase

Relieve the supercoiling created by undwinding by nicking and religating DNA

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RNA primer

Required for DNA synthesis; synthesized by DNA polymerase alpha

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Leading Strand

Primer points toward the replication fork and synthesizes continuously

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Lagging Strand

Primer points away from the replication fork and is synthesized in fragments

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Okazaki Fragment

Fragments of DNA synthesized on lagging strand

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Telomeres

End of chromosome with special TTAGGG sequence repeats