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12–1 DNA. Griffith and Transformation In 1928, British scientist Fredrick Griffith was trying to learn how certain types of bacteria caused pneumonia.

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1 12–1 DNA

2 Griffith and Transformation In 1928, British scientist Fredrick Griffith was trying to learn how certain types of bacteria caused pneumonia. He isolated two different strains of pneumonia bacteria from mice and grew them in his lab.

3 Griffith and Transformation Griffith made two observations: (1) The disease-causing strain of bacteria grew into smooth colonies on culture plates. (2) The harmless strain grew into colonies with rough edges.

4 Griffith and Transformation – Griffith's Experiments Griffith set up four individual experiments. Experiment 1: Mice were injected with the disease-causing strain of bacteria. The mice developed pneumonia and died.

5 Griffith and Transformation Experiment 2: Mice were injected with the harmless strain of bacteria. These mice didn’t get sick. Harmless bacteria (rough colonies) Lives

6 Griffith and Transformation Experiment 3: Griffith heated the disease- causing bacteria. He then injected the heat-killed bacteria into the mice. The mice survived. Heat-killed disease-causing bacteria (smooth colonies) Lives

7 Live disease-causing bacteria (smooth colonies) Dies of pneumonia Heat-killed disease- causing bacteria (smooth colonies) Harmless bacteria (rough colonies) Experiment 4: Griffith mixed his heat-killed, disease-causing bacteria with live, harmless bacteria and injected the mixture into the mice. The mice developed pneumonia and died. Griffith and Transformation

8 Live disease-causing bacteria (smooth colonies) Heat-killed disease- causing bacteria (smooth colonies) Harmless bacteria (rough colonies) Dies of pneumonia Griffith concluded that the heat-killed bacteria passed their disease-causing ability to the harmless strain.

9 Griffith and Transformation – Transformation Griffith called this process transformation because one strain of bacteria (the harmless strain) had changed permanently into another (the disease-causing strain). Griffith hypothesized that a factor must contain information that could change harmless bacteria into disease-causing ones.

10 Avery and DNA Oswald Avery repeated Griffith’s work to determine which molecule was most important for transformation. Avery and his colleagues made an extract from the heat-killed bacteria that they treated with enzymes.

11 Avery and DNA The enzymes destroyed proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and other molecules, including the nucleic acid RNA. Transformation still occurred.

12 Avery and DNA Avery and other scientists repeated the experiment using enzymes that would break down DNA. When DNA was destroyed, transformation did not occur. Therefore, they concluded that DNA was the transforming factor.

13 Avery and DNA – What did scientists discover about the relationship between genes and DNA?

14 Avery and DNA – Avery and other scientists discovered that the nucleic acid DNA stores and transmits the genetic information from one generation of an organism to the next.

15 The Hershey-Chase Experiment Alfred Hershey and Martha Chase studied viruses—nonliving particles smaller than a cell that can infect living organisms.

16 The Hershey-Chase Experiment – Bacteriophages A virus that infects bacteria is known as a bacteriophage. Bacteriophages are composed of a DNA or RNA core and a protein coat.

17 The Hershey-Chase Experiment When a bacteriophage enters a bacterium, the virus attaches to the surface of the cell and injects its genetic information into it. The viral genes produce many new bacteriophages, which eventually destroy the bacterium. When the cell splits open, hundreds of new viruses burst out.

18 The Hershey-Chase Experiment If Hershey and Chase could determine which part of the virus entered an infected cell, they would learn whether genes were made of protein or DNA. They grew viruses in cultures containing radioactive isotopes of phosphorus-32 ( 32 P) and sulfur-35 ( 35 S).

19 The Hershey-Chase Experiment If 35 S was found in the bacteria, it would mean that the viruses’ protein had been injected into the bacteria. Bacteriophage with phosphorus-32 in DNA Phage infects bacterium Radioactivity inside bacterium

20 The Hershey-Chase Experiment If 32 P was found in the bacteria, then it was the DNA that had been injected. Bacteriophage with phosphorus-32 in DNA Phage infects bacterium Radioactivity inside bacterium

21 The Hershey-Chase Experiment – Nearly all the radioactivity in the bacteria was from phosphorus ( 32 P). not protein – Hershey and Chase concluded that the genetic material of the bacteriophage was DNA, not protein.

22 The Components and Structure of DNA DNA is made up of nucleotides. nucleotide = a five-carbon sugar [deoxyribose] a phosphate group a nitrogenous base.

23 The Components and Structure of DNA There are four kinds of bases in in DNA: adenine guanine cytosine thymine

24 The Components and Structure of DNA The backbone of a DNA chain is formed by sugar and phosphate groups of each nucleotide. The nucleotides can be joined together in any order.

25 The Components and Structure of DNA – Chargaff's Rules Erwin Chargaff discovered that: – If you have G always Binding to C, then the amount of G should Equal C (or darn near close) – Same goes for A and T

26 The Components and Structure of DNA – X-Ray Evidence Rosalind Franklin - Used X-ray Diffraction to study DNA Structure

27 The Components and Structure of DNA The Double Helix – Using clues from Franklin’s pattern, James Watson and Francis Crick built a model that explained how DNA carried information and could be copied. – Watson and Crick's model of DNA was a double helix, in which two strands were wound around each other.

28 DNA Double Helix

29 The Components and Structure of DNA Watson and Crick discovered that hydrogen bonds can form only between certain base pairs—adenine and thymine, and guanine and cytosine. This principle is called base pairing.

30 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall 12-2 Chromosomes and DNA Replication 12–2 Chromosomes and DNA Replication

31 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA and Chromosomes In prokaryotic cells, DNA is located in the cytoplasm. Most prokaryotes have a single DNA molecule containing nearly all of the cell’s genetic information.

32 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA and Chromosomes Chromosome E. Coli Bacterium Bases on the Chromosomes

33 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA and Chromosomes Many eukaryotes have 1000 times the amount of DNA as prokaryotes. Eukaryotic DNA is located in the cell nucleus inside chromosomes. The number of chromosomes varies widely from one species to the next.

34 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA and Chromosomes Chromosome Structure Eukaryotic chromosomes contain DNA and protein, tightly packed together to form chromatin. Chromatin consists of DNA tightly coiled around proteins called histones. DNA and histone molecules form nucleosomes. Nucleosomes pack together, forming a thick fiber.

35 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA and Chromosomes Eukaryotic Chromosome Structure Chromosome Supercoils Nucleosome DNA double helix Histones Coils

36 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA Replication Each strand of the DNA double helix has all the information needed to reconstruct the other half by the mechanism of base pairing. In most prokaryotes, DNA replication begins at a single point and continues in two directions.

37 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA Replication In eukaryotic chromosomes, DNA replication occurs at hundreds of places. Replication proceeds in both directions until each chromosome is completely copied. The sites where separation and replication occur are called replication forks.

38 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA Replication Duplicating DNA Before a cell divides, it duplicates its DNA in a process called replication. Replication ensures that each resulting cell will have a complete set of DNA.

39 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA Replication During DNA replication, the DNA molecule separates into two strands, then produces two new complementary strands following the rules of base pairing. Each strand of the double helix of DNA serves as a template for the new strand.

40 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall Nitrogen Bases Replication Fork DNA Polymerase Replication Fork Original strand New Strand Growth

41 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall How Replication Occurs DNA replication is carried out by enzymes that “unzip” a molecule of DNA. Hydrogen bonds between base pairs are broken and the two strands of DNA unwind.

42 Copyright Pearson Prentice Hall DNA Replication The principal enzyme involved in DNA replication is DNA polymerase. DNA polymerase joins individual nucleotides to produce a DNA molecule and then “proofreads” each new DNA strand.


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