Flashcards in Week 5 - Eukaryote transposons Deck (4)
How many base pairs does the human genome contain and what proportion code for proteins?
* Approximately 3 billion base pairs in the human genome.
* Only around 1.1 - 1.4% code for proteins.
* Approximately half (50%) of the human genome is made up of transposable elements.
* Transposons also make up the following percentages in other eukaryotes:
– Approx. 75% of maize genome
– Approx. 85% of barley genome
– Approx. 98% of iris genome
What do all these jumping genes do, besides jump?
•Landing inside a gene can result in a mutation.
•Transposons can drive the evolution of genomes.
•Can also alter gene regulatory regions and phenotypes.
Maize controlling elements
• Ac and Ds elements control expression of the “C gene”
- Ac: Activator – autonomous, carries a transposase gene and can therefore transpose itself.
- Ds: Dissociation – non‐autonomous, doesn't carry a transposase gene.
• Ac encodes the transposase required to excise and move Ds to a new location, i.e. within the c gene.