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mRNA carries the information encoded in the DNA to the ___ where it is ____ into proteins

cytoplasm; translated

2

tRNAs serve as ___ for AAs

carriers

3

rRNA is a major component of the protein synthesizing machinery, the ____

ribosome

4

All RNAs are synthesized by RNA polymerases in the ____. An exception to this is the small percentage of RNA that is synthesized in ____

nucleus; mitochondria

5

True or false? All three classes of RNA require processing of the initial product of transcription to yield a mature RNA molecule

true

note: processing occurs in nucleus

6

Bacteria contains about ____ genes and man perhaps ____ genes.

2000; 25000

7

What are the 5 steps in transcription?

1. location of the segment of DNA to be transcribed (formation of open-promoter complex)
2. synthesis of RNA
3. termination of synthesis
4. processing of the primary transcript
5. prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic

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Upstream from the transcription start site are sequences of nucleotides called ____ sequences that signal RNA polymerase to bind. This region of DNA is called the ___

consensus; promoter

9

Binding of RNA polymerase to the promoter region causes localized unwinding of the DNA template called an ___ complex

open

10

RNA polymerase is a huge protein, about _____ kDa

500,000

11

RNA synthesis, as with DNA synthesis, proceeds in what direction?

5' to 3'

12

The RNA polymerase moves along the surface of the DNA in a processive manner. What does this mean?

it stays attached throughout synthesis and elongates the RNA transcript

13

For each of the following RNA polymerase subunits, give its role:
Beta
Beta'
sigma

Beta: active enzyme site
Beta': important for binding to DNA
sigma: required to recognize and bind to the promoter

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In regards to the promoter region, 10 residues upstream from the transcription start site is a region known as the ____ box and a second region at -35 rich in __ and ___ known as the -35 region

TATA; A; T

15

Promoter sequences are consensus sequences. What does this mean?

slight variations in sequence may occur between promoters for different genes in these regions

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RNA polymerase ___ the DNA, opening it into a transcription bubble. Two ribonucleotides enter the bubble and hydrogen bond to the +1 and +2 deoxyribonucleotides of the template strand. A dinucleotide is formed and synthesis has begun. This first stretch of ribonucleotide formed is called the ___.

denatures; primer

note: if this process does not reach 10 nucleotides quickly, transcription will abort

17

In order for RNA polymerase to proceed out of the transcription bubble it must lose the sigma protein. Which protein displaces sigma and also plays a role in efficient elongation of the nascent RNA molecule?

Nus A protein

note: Nus A dissociates at termination step

18

In regards to termination, when a specific base or sequence is copied from the template, RNA synthesis stops. Theses sites posses dyad symmetry and are called ___

palindromes

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In regards to termination, because the transcribed palindromes can base pair, they form ____ ____, which pull away from the template. When RNA polymers interact with these, transcription stalls.

hairpin loops

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In ___ independent terminators, there is an adjacent poly A stretch to the hairpin. Poly A-poly U hybrid is very unstable, hence the ____ dissociates from the template

rho; message

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Rho factor binds to the ___ end of messages as they are being transcribed.

5'

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When a ribosome "stalls" at a rho termination site, rho factor is able to do what?

"catch up" to the ribosome and termination occurs

23

For each of the following polymerases, give its location, product, and relative activity %:
RNA poly I
RNA poly II
RNA poly III

RNA poly I: nucleolus; rRNA; 50-70%

RNA poly II: nucleoplasm; hnRNA (precursor of mRNA); 20-40%

RNA poly III: nucleoplasm; small RNA (5S RNA, tRNA); 10%

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___-____ is a toxic compound from certain poisonous mushrooms that inhibit RNA synthesis by RNA polymerase ___

alpha-amanitin; II

25

TATA box directs RNA polymerase to what?

correct start site

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The CAAT box is present around -__ and is also an important part of the promoter - it controls what?

80; frequency of initiation of transcription

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mRNA carries the ___ for synthesis of specific proteins.

message

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In regards to prokaryotes, the message often codes for multiple proteins; this is called being ____. Since there is no nucleus, the message is immediately translated - often when it is still attached to ___

polycistronic; DNA

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In regards to eukaryotes, the message only codes for one protein, this is called being ____. The sections that carry the necessary code are called ____. The sections which do not carry information for protein synthesis must be removed and are called ____.

monocistronic; exons; introns

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The prokaryotic mRNA is ___-lived, while the eukaryotic mRNA is ___-lived

short; long

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mRNA is synthesized in the nucleus as a high molecular weight precursor named ____. This precursor is also always present as a ____

hnRNA (heterogenous nuclear RNA); RNP (protein + RNA)

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Correct processing of an hnRNA to the mature mRNA is a prerequisite for transport of mRNA to the ___

cytoplasm

33

All hnRNAs and mRNAs contain a structure termed a cap at the __' end of the molecule. The cap consists of what two methylated things?

5; methylated guanine and methylated riboses

34

What is the methyl donor for the methylation reactions forming the 5' cap?

S'-Adenosylmethionine

35

What is the two functions of the cap in eukaryotic mRNA?

1. to protect the 5' end from attack by RNase
2. to permit binding of mRNAs to the 40S ribosomal subunit - without caps, the translation of mRNA is drastically reduced

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Most hnRNAs contain a sequence of 20-200 adenine residues at the 3' end of the molecule. This stretch of adenine residues is termed the ___(__) tail

poly (A)

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Not all hnRNAs, and therefore not all mRNAs, contain poly(A) tails at their 3' end. Give an example of an mRNA that doesn't contain a poly(A) tail

mRNA coding for histones

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What is the function of a poly(A) tail?

to confer stability to the message - messages which have had their tail removed are degraded rapidly

39

When the consensus sequence AAUAAA is read, what does RNA polymerase do?

cleaves the chain followed by addition of poly(A's) at the new 3' end

40

RNA sequences corresponding to the introns are found in what RNAs?

hnRNAs

note: means one of the requirements for hnRNA to become mature mRNA is for the introns to be spliced out

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In regards to the mechanism of splicing mRNA precursors, in all eukaryotic genes, the sequence __ is found where the 5' end of the intron meets the 5' exon

GU

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In regards to the mechanism of splicing mRNA precursors, the dinucleotide sequence __ marks where the 3' end of the intron joins the 3' exon

AG

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An adenosine is part of the ___ site (a place important in splicing) and is located approximately 35 nucleotides upstream from the 3' splice site

branch

44

Splicing must be precise. A mutation in the consensus sequence can cause what?

the intron to be retained in the message and result in a nonfunctional protein

45

This is a large protein plus RNA complex (45 protein complexes and 5000 nucleotides of RNA) which catalyzes splicing out the intron.

spliceosome

46

The spliceosome removes the intron by two transesterfication reactions. Where do these transesterfircations take place?

1. between the 5' splice site and a branch-site adenylate
2. between the 5' exon and the 3' splice site

47

The spliceosome contains a group of proteins that catalyze the transesterfication reactions at the correct sites. What are these proteins called?

SNRPs (small nuclear ribonucleotproteins, "snurps")

48

How many complexes of SNRPs are involved in the formation of a spliceosome?

4

49

Each SNRP comlex is associated with one or more small RNA molecule. List these molecules

U1, U2, U4/6, or U5

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Catalytic RNA molecules are referred to as ____

ribozymes

51

How does self-splicing occur in lower eukaryotes?

nucleolytic attack by a free GTP molecule on a splice junction which undergoes internal rearrangement to generate the final spliced product

52

Alternative splicing is used to create different mRNA from what?

the same initial hnRNA

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In Troponin T, alternative splicing allows ___ different isoforms to be created

32

54

What is the function of an intron?

not fully established; maybe protein diversity

55

Since there are 4 nitrogenous bases and 3 code words for an AA, there are ___ possible code words

64 (4^3)

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How many code words code for AAs and how many code for termination?

61 for AAs; 3 for termination (UAA, UAG, UGA)

note: AUG codes for initiation and methionine

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The base pairing between the codon (in the mRNA) and the anticodon (in the tRNA) is ______

antiparallel

58

The genetic code contains no punctuation - there are no signals required to indicate the end of one codon and the beginning of the next. True or false?

true - therefore it is imperative that translation of the codons in mRNA begin at the correct place

59

The genetic cod is degenerate. What does this mean?

there is more than one code word for most of the amino acids

ex: arginine = 6, valine = 4, tryptophan = 1

60

____ indicates that there is less specificity in the third position of the codons than in the first two positions. Therefore base pairing between the codon and anticodon is very specific at the first two positions and not very specific at the third.

wobble

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The genetic code is almost universal. The various codons code for the same amino acids in all prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Exceptions include codons in mito and chloroplasts. True or false?

true

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The ___ in tRNA is complementary to the codon in the mRNA

anticodon

ex: 5' CUA 3' in the codon is matched by 3' GAU 5'

63

For eukaryotes, the spontaneous mutation rate is what?

1 in 10^10 to 1 in 10^11

64

In this type of mutation, a purine is replaced by another purine or pyrimidine is replaced by another pyrimidine

transition

65

In this type of mutation, a purine is changed to a pyrimidine or a pyrimidine is changed to a purine

transversion

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A mutation that results in a change in codon but no change in AA meaning there is no effect is called what?

silent mutation

67

A mutation that results in alternation of a single base pair in the DNA which leads to insertion of a different AA during protein synthesis is called what?

missense mutation

ex: sickle cell disease - a missions mutation might result in a protein of improved function

68

This is the type of mutation that results in the introduction of a stop codon

nonsense mutation

69

Insertions and deletions are _____ mutations, which change the translation of the genetic code for all codons downstream from the mutation

frameshift