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Nucleic Acids: The Molecules of Life. DNA and RNA Both are polymers. They are made up of monomers called ______________.

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1 Nucleic Acids: The Molecules of Life

2 DNA and RNA Both are polymers. They are made up of monomers called ______________

3 Nucleotides have three parts to them: a _____________ b _____________ c _____________

4 _____________ bonding… Joins nucleotides together ____________ reaction Eliminates ____ molecule

5 P BASE Sugar P BASE Sugar P BASE Sugar P BASE Sugar P BASE Sugar Adenine Guanine Cytosine Thymine BASE BASE Thymine Adenine Thymine BASE Cytosine BASE Guanine BASE Adenine

6 The Bases ________:thymine cytosine _______:adenine guanine RNA has URACIL instead of thymine

7 Base pairing… Complementary base pairing

8 DNA REPLICATION When cells divide, you need to have 2 copies of the DNA in the cell

9 DNA Replication Most important feature of DNA is its ability to replicate itself, (almost) exactly The double helix is unzipped during replication New nucleotides are aligned along the DNA strands (built by DNA polymerase) The new helix contains one original strand and one new strand


11 Semi - conservative replication – Meselson & Stahl

12 Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) & its role in Protein synthesis

13 The structure of ribonucleic acid Learning Objectives: –Describe the structure of ribonucleic acid (RNA) –Describe the structure and role of messenger RNA (mRNA) –Describe the structure and role of transfer RNA (tRNA)

14 RNA RNA = ribonucleic acid RNA is a single -stranded polymer Each RNA nucleotide consists of: –A pentose sugar (ribose) –A phosphate group –A base – adenine, cytosine, guanine, uracil (instead of thymine) RNA used in protein synthesis is messenger RNA (mRNA) or transfer RNA (tRNA).

15 RNA contains the pentose sugar ribose. DNA contains the pentose sugar deoxyribose.

16 Messenger RNA (mRNA) mRNA is used to transfer the DNA code from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. mRNA is complementary to the DNA code. mRNA is small enough to leave the nuclear pores. Once in the cytoplasm, mRNA associates with the ribosomes. mRNA is used to determine the sequence of amino acids during protein synthesis. mRNA is easily broken down and only exists whilst it is needed to manufacture a protein. The sequence of nucleotides in the mRNA is referred to as the genetic code.

17 Transcription (forming mRNA)

18 The Genetic Code (recap of unit 1) 3 nucleotide bases on mRNA (a codon) codes for each amino acid in a protein. A few amino acids have a single codon. The code is degenerate – most amino acids have more than one codon. 3 codons code for no amino acids – they are stop codons and mark the end of the polypeptide chain. Non-overlapping – each nucleotide is read only once. Universal – same codon codes for the same amino acid in all organisms (few minor exceptions).

19 Transfer RNA (tRNA) tRNA is a small molecule (~80 nucleotides). Single stranded and folded into a clover leaf shape with one end of the chain slightly longer. This longer section is attached to an amino acid. Each tRNA can carry a different amino acid. 3 bases at the opposite end of the tRNA are called an anticodon. Each amino acid has a different anticodon. The anticodon pairs with the complementary codon on the mRNA.

20 Amino acid joins here Anticodon

21 Comparison of DNA, mRNA and tRNA FeatureDNAmRNAtRNA Double/Single Size Shape Sugar Bases Quantity in cells Stability

22 Comparison of DNA, mRNA and tRNA FeatureDNAmRNAtRNA Double/SingleDoubleSingle SizeLargestVariableSmaller ShapeDouble helixSingle helixClover shape SugarDeoxyriboseRibose BasesA, G, T, CA, G, U, C Quantity in cellsConstant (gametes) Varies StabilityVery stableUnstableMore stable than mRNA, less than DNA

23 Polypeptide synthesis – transcription and splicing Learning Objectives: –How is pre-mRNA produced from DNA in the process called transcription? –How is pre-mRNA modified to form mRNA?

24 The process by which DNA is read to produce a strand of mRNA A G T C G T C A A T G C T A T G C A T T C C G T A C T C A G C A G T T A C G A T A C G T A A G G C A T G DNA mRNA A G U C G U C A A U G C U A U G C A U U C C G U A C RNA polymerase Coding Strand Template Strand TRANSCRIPTION

25 Transcription Helicase (enzyme) acts on a region of DNA to break the hydrogen bonds between the bases. RNA polymerase moves along one of the two DNA strands – template strand RNA polymerase matches up complementary RNA nucleotides. C matches G and G matches C U matches A and A matches T As the RNA nucleotides join together the pre-mRNA is formed. The DNA behind the RNA polymerase rejoins into a double helix. When the RNA polymerase reaches a stop codon, the chain is terminated and the pre-mRNA detaches.

26 Splicing of mRNA to form mRNA Once the introns (non-functional DNA) have been removed, the remaining exon sections join together.

27 RNA Splicing snRNPs Spliceosome

28 Fun fact of the day… Introns figured prominently in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 7, Episode 271, entitled "Genesis." In this episode, a synthetic T-cell inadvertently activated the crewmembers' introns, resulting in de-evolution and the expression of ancient physiological traits

29 Transcription Animation free/ /291136/mRNA_synthesis.swf::mRNA_sy nthesis.swf mRNA splicing free/ /291136/spliceosomes.swf::spliceosomes. swf

30 Polypeptide synthesis – translation Learning Objectives: –How is a polypeptide synthesised during the process of translation? –What are the roles of mRNA and tRNA in translation?

31 A G U C G U C A A U G C U A U G C A U U C C G U A C G Remember our strand of mRNA from before? U C A G C A G U U A C G A U A C G U A A G G C A U G C SERSER ALAALA VAL THRILE ARG LYS TRANSLATION

32 Synthesising the polypeptide (translation) mRNA attaches to the ribosome at the start codon – AUG. tRNA with a complementary anticodon attaches to the mRNA – UAC. This tRNA is attached to an amino acid – methionine The ribosome moves along the mRNA bringing in 2 tRNA molecules at any one time. An enzyme and ATP are used to join the amino acids with a peptide bond. The first tRNA is released and can collect another amino acid. The process is repeated until a stop codon is reached. Many ribosomes can travel along the mRNA at the same time – polysome.


34 Translation Animation ::/sites/dl/free/ /291136/protein_synth esis.swf::protein_synthesis.swf

35 TASK Using PCs log onto Enter sequence of 22 bases from an imaginary DNA coding strand Try several different strands with same software. Who can get the most matches to the human genome?

36 TASK Create a model of either TRANSLATION or TRANSCRIPTION Can be any format e.g.: PowerPoint, Poster, 3D Model

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