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What are the purpose of repressor proteins in bacteria?

bind to an operator region and prevent RNA
polymerase from initiating transcription


What are the purpose of activator proteins in bacteria?

bind to or near an operator region and allow RNA
polymerase to initiate transcription


What is the purpose of the operator region in bacteria?

The operator is a sequence of DNA which is a binding site for specific proteins that help to regulate gene expression


When lactose is present E.Coli produces three protein products.... which are





What does lacZ do?

it is a beta-galactosidase

digests lactose into glucose and galactose


What does LacY do?

it is a permease

allows for activate transport of lactose across the cell membrane


What does lacA do?

it is a transacetylase

it transfers an acetyl group from acetyl coA to beta-galactosides (acetylegalactose)


What does the lacI gene do?

encodes a repressor protein that shuts the system down when lactose is not present


how does the Lac operon get turned on?

this is an inducible system, thus lactose must be present

when lactose is not present the repressor is bound to the operator, thus RNA poly cannot bind

when lactose is present, the formation of allolactose is formed and will bind to the repressor. this leads to conformation change and thus RNA poly can bind.


What happens if LacZ, LacA, and LacY are mutated?

they will be non-functional proteins


what if LacP is mutated?

if the promoter is non-function than RNA poly cannot bind and the gene is not going to be expressed.


What if LacO is mutated.

If the operator is mutated, that means that the repressor cannot bind, thus the system cannot be turned off


What if LacI is mutated?

The repressor would not be functional, thus unable to bind to the operator


What if LacI(s) is mutated?

super repressor... cannot dissociate from the operator .... thus it is always off


What does cAMP do in regard to lac operon activation?

cAMP binds the activator protein CRP (cAMP receptor protein) or CAP (catabolite activator protein), which can then bind lacP to help activate transcription


What bind to the lac promoter?


RNA poly can then initiate transcription if not glucose is present


What are cis regulatory elements?

DNA sites where proteins and trans regulatory elements will bind


What are trans regulatory elements?

proteins and transcription factors which will bind to the DNA CIS elements


What are the cis elements?

1. the basal promoter sequence: bind transcription factors that are associated with RNA poly

2. proximal control regions- bind transcription factors and found near the promoter

3. enhancer sequence: are far away from the promoter


Why have multiple levels of control? such as basal and upstream promoters?

tight regulation


transcription factors that bind to enhancer/responce elements must have what three domains?

1. DNA binding

2. dimerization domain

3. Activation/ repressor domain


Why different genes have the same response element?

1. provides a mechanism to coordinate gene regulation

2. allows multiple genes to be regulated together

3. allows different genes to be turned off or on at the same time


What are the three modes of repression transcription factors can have?

1. competition

2. quenching

3. blocking


Explain the competition mode of repression?

the repressor protein will compete with the activator protein in order to bind to the enhancer region

if repressor binds transcription is reduced.


explain quenching (mode of repression)

Occurs when the repressor protein bind to and interferes with the DNA binding domain of an activator protein


explain blocking (mode of repression)

This occurs when the repressor protein binds to the activation domain of an activator protein and prevents it from interacting with the basal transcriptional machinery


What is hypoxia?

It is the reduction in the normal level of tissue oxygen tension

can occur during pathophysiological responces


What is HIF-1?

the activity of that protein leads to the upregulation of genes that are involved with cell survival, glucose metabolism, angiogenesis, cancer progression, and invasion.

in low oxygen environments


What must bind to the HRE gene?

HIF1(alpha) and HIF1 (beta) transcription factors must dimerize, then bind to a specific DNA sequence called the Hypoxia Response Element


Where is HRE found?

it is found up stream on many different genes