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what determines the amount of protein within each cell? (4)

1. amount of mRNA
2. frequency of mRNA translation
3. stability of the protein
4. Rate of degradation of protein

2

what is the most important mechanism for determining gene expression and amount of protein synthesized?

transcription initiation

3

what are the 2 basic components important to eukaryotic gene expression?

1. DNA control elements-part of DNA that acts locally (cis)
2. transcriptional activators/repressors that act on other genes to regulate their transcription (trans)

4

where do DNA control elements act?

locally, transcription factors bind to elements that control expression of that gene

5

what are the 3 DNA control elements?

1. TATA box/initiator (promoter)
2. promoter proximal element
3. enhancer

6

what is the TATA box?

located 25-35 bp upstream of transcription start, determines site of transcription initiation and directs binding of RNA pol II

7

what is the promoter proximal element?

200 bps upstream of start site and about 20 bps long, helps regulate transcription

8

what is the enhancer?

200-tens of thousands bps upstream or downstream from promoter or within an intron

9

what binds at the TATA box?

general transcription factors like TATA binding protein

10

what are the 3 diseases associated with mutations in the DNA control elements?

1. Thalassemias
2. Hemophilia B-Leyden
3. Fragile X-Syndrome

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what does an enhancer do?

binding of proteins enhances transcription levels

12

what is a silencer?

Section of DNA that binds transcription regulating factors called repressors

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how does a silencer work?

when repressors bind, RNA polymerase is prevented from initiating transcription, thus lowers or eliminates transcription

14

how is thalassemias inherited?

autosomal recessive

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what is thalassemias?

blood disease that occurs due to different genetic mutations such as mutation or deletion

16

what mutation causes B-Thalessemias?

B-globin promoter mutation causing decreased transcription of this protein but not complete loss of this protein

17

what mutation causes yDB thalessemias?

deletion of locus control region (LCR) of B-globin gene cluster, very severe form because LCR directly regulate expression of all genes in that cluster

18

what chromosome is hemophilia B leyden linked to?

X

19

what does hemophilia B leyden affect?

blood clotting

20

how does hemophilia B leyden affect males?

have 1% of normal factor IX active until puberty, once androgen receptor becomes active, produce about 60% of normal factor IX

21

what is the presentation of fragile X syndrome?

mental retardation, dysmorphic facial features, postpubertal macroorchidism (abnormally large testes)

22

why does fragile-X syndrome develop?

expansion of CGG trinucleotide repeats in the 5' region of FMR1 gene on X chromosome. normal humans have about 6-55 repeats but fragile X syndrome patient have between 230-4000 repeats

23

why does increasing the amount of CGG repeats cause fragile X syndrome?

there is an increase in the methylation of cytosine residues in CpG islands of FMR1 promoter, methylation then causes silencing of FMR1 gene

24

what is the severity of fragile X syndrome directly related to?

the number of CGG repeats

25

what does the mutation in hemophelia B leyden disease prevent?

binding of appropriate transcriptional activators to Factor IX gene

26

what are transcriptional factors?

proteins encoded by one gene that act on other genes to regulate their transcription (activators and repressors)

27

what are the 2 classes of activators and repressors?

1. sequence-specific DNA binding proteins
2. Co-factors

28

what is a sequence-specific DNA binding protein?

protein that binds to the promoter or enhancer elements in their target genes to regulate transcription

29

how do sequence-specific DNA binding protein binds to the DNA?

insert alpha helices into the major groove of DNA

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what are co-factors?

proteins that bind to sequence-specific DNA binding proteins rather than directly to DNA