2What is the DNA code? What is the connection between genes and proteins? DNA is read in segments, called genesA gene is a particular sequence of nucleotide bases that code for a protein.The sequence of bases determines what sequence the amino acids are in, which determines the protein
3How are proteins produced in a cell How are proteins produced in a cell? How does the sequence of nucleotides in DNA determine the sequence of amino acids in a protein?Step 1: TranscriptionDNA is too large and fragile to leave the nucleus.So it is copied into a mRNA template by RNA polymerasemRNA acts a “messenger”, which takes the gene code out of the nucleus to the ribosome
4How are proteins produced in a cell How are proteins produced in a cell? How does the sequence of nucleotides in DNA determine the sequence of amino acids in a protein?Step 2: TranslationmRNA binds to a ribosomeRibosome reads the mRNA in three bases at a time (called codons) These determine what amino acid is broughttRNA come and bind to the codons using anticodonsThis tRNA brings a specific amino acidThis process repeats until the whole protein is madeTherefore the sequence of DNA determines the codons in mRNA, which determines the sequence of amino acids, which determines the protein being made.
5How are proteins produced in a cell How are proteins produced in a cell? How does the sequence of nucleotides in DNA determine the sequence of amino acids in a protein?
6What determines the shape of a protein? Many amino acids have different properties (positive, negative, or neutral charge). Therefore the amino acids present and their order in the chain affect the shape of the protein due to the following forces.Van der Waals forces – random attractive forces between atomsElectrostatic charge – positive amino acids will attract negative amino acids and repel positive amino acidsS-S – Covalent bonds between amino acids with sulfur, these are stronger forces that hold the protein shape steadyHydrogen bonds – bond formed between two molecules that are polar. (see more no next page)
7What determines the shape of a protein? Polar amino acids are said to be hydrophilicHydrophilic amino acids like water because they are polar like water and will attract water.Nonpolar amino acids are said to be hydrophobicHydrophobic amino acids are “afraid” of water because they are not polar and will repel water (fats are hydrophobic, which is why they do not mix with water)Hydrophilic amino acids will attract each other and form hydrogen bonds. They will repel hydrophobic amino acids.
8Is the shape of a protein affected by its surrounding environment? In water hydrophilic amino acids will spread out (attracted to water) and hydrophobic amino acids will clump up (repelled by water)In oil hydrophilic amino acids will clump up (repelled by hydrophobic oil) and hydrophobic amino acids will spread out.
9What is a mutation? How does a change in the DNA code affect the shape of a protein? Mutation is change in one base (point mutation) or bases (frameshift mutation due to addition or deletion of base) of DNA.This can change the codon, which can change amino acids.If a amino acid of one property is replaced with an amino acid of another property this can change in the interactions of the amino acids and the shape of the protein.
10Can changing just one nucleotide in a gene change the shape of a protein? Yes, examples: Tay sachs and Sickle CellA single base changes glutamic acid (hydrophilic amino acid) to change to valine (hydrophobic amino acid)This change causes valine (a hydrophobic amino acid) to to stick to the hydrophobic pocket of another hemoglobin.The hemoglobin sticking together causes the cell to be sickle shaped.