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1 Human Chromosomes & Genetics

2 I. Intro to Human Genetics A. Of all the living things, there is one in particular that has always drawn our interest, that creature is Homo sapiens. B. Scientists once knew much less about humans than about other organisms. C. Scientists are now on the verge of understanding human genetics at least as well as they understand that of some other organisms.

3 II. Human Traits A. Human genes are inherited according to the same principles that Mendel discovered. B. In order to apply Mendelian genetics scientists have to figure if the trait is controlled by single gene C. Human traits however are usually polygenic, controlled by many genes D. Many traits are influenced by environmental, or nongenetic factors, i.e. nutrition & exercise

4 III. Human Chromosomes A. Biologists can analyze chromosomes and identify what organism they are studying just by simply counting and organizing the chromosomes in pairs. B. A picture of chromosomes arranged this way is called a karyotype C. Human karyotypes have 23 pairs of chromosomes each coming from 2 haploid cells 1. 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes and 1 pair of sex chromosomes

5 Karyotype

6 III. Human Chromosomes D. Determining sex of an offspring (50:50) 1. All human egg cells carry a single X chromosome (23,X) 2. Half of all sperm cells carry an X chromosome (23,X) and half carry a Y chromosome (23,Y).

7 IV. Sex-Linked Genes A. Sex-Linked genes are genes located on the X or Y chromosome. B. Many genes are found on the X chromosomes (over 100 sex-linked genetic disorders are mapped to the X chromosome) C. Males have just one X chromosome. Thus, all X- linked alleles are expressed in males, even if they are recessive D. Examples: – 1. Colorblindness (found in about 1 in 10 males) – 2. Hemophilia (blood does not clot properly) – 3. Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

8 Females can be- carriers have it not have it Males either- have it or not


10 V. Pedigree A. A pedigree is a chart, which shows the relationships within a family, can be used to help with how traits get passed from one generation to the next. Looking at phenotypes the mode of inheritance can be determined.

11 VI. Human Genes & Chromosomes A. Of the 46 chromosomes, chromosomes 21 & 22 are the smallest autosomal chromosomes and were there first chromosomes to be completely sequenced. – 1. Chromosome 22 contains as many as 545 different genes, some are very important for health. Genetic disorder found on 22 is a form of leukemia & neurofibromatosis – 2. Chromosome 21 contains 225 genes and can carry the genetic disorder known as ALS B. Molecular biologists gradually learn more about how the arrangements of genes on chromosomes affect gene expression and development

12 VII. X-Chromosome Inactivation A. Cells only need one X-chromosome to function properly in males, in females to adjust to having 2 X-chromosomes 1 X-chromosomes is randomly switched off. (Each somatic cell during development) B. Barr bodies are dense regions in the nucleus of an inactive X-chromosome. C. Mammal’s hair color (cats) is carried on the X- chromosome – 1. 2 different cells can have 2 different X-chromosomes turned on


14 IIX. Epistasis A. Two separate genes control one trait, but one gene masks the expression of the other gene. The gene that does the masking is epistatic. – 1. 2 genes control different enzymes in 2 different pathways. Example gene A and gene C. – C is epistatic to A

15 IX. Human Genome: Autosomal Disorders The human genome (complete set of genetic info) includes tens of thousands of genes A.First genes discovered were the genes for blood type 1.ABO blood groups 2.Rh gene

16 IX. Human Genome : Autosomal Disorders B. Autosomal Recessive Alleles – genetic disorder that are caused when an abnormal or nonfunctioning alleles affect the phenotype Examples: PKU-(phenylketonuria) can not break down this amino acid. Carried on chromosome 12 (elimination from diet ) Tay-Sachs – breakdown of central nervous system and death in the first few years. Can not break down lipids needed for brain function. Cystic Fibrosis – caused by a recessive gene on chromosome 7 (also follows pleiotropy – affect organisms in more than 1 way)

17 IX. Human Genome : Autosomal Disorders C. Autosomal Dominant Alleles – these traits will be present if just only one allele is inherited Example Achondroplasai - a form of dwarfism Huntington’s disease - nervous system disorder, that usually shows its symptoms in an individuals late thirties

18 IX. Human Genome : Autosomal Disorders D. Codominant Alleles - allelic products co-exist in the phenotype Examples Sickle cell Anemia (recessive)- mutation in hemoglobin someone with both normal and sickle cell anemia has a different phenotype (resistant to malaria)


20 X. Chromosomal Disorders A. During meiosis when a chromosome fails to separate is known as nondisjunction. – 1. If this occurs abnormal number of chromosomes will be in an individuals gametes (during fertilization the zygote is aneuploidy ) – 2. Can be caused by: deletion, inversion, translocation or polyploidy B. Examples – 1. Down Syndrome – 2 copies of the autosomal chromosome do not separate, giving an individual 3 copies of the 21 st chromosome known as trisomy


22 XI. Sex Chromosome Disorders A. If nondisjunction occurs to a gametes sex chromosomes B. Examples include: – 1. Turner’s syndrome – a female inherits only 1 X chromosome (45,X) – 2. Klinefelter’s syndrome – a male inherits an extra X (47, XXY) – 3. XYY Syndrome – male inherits an extra Y chromosome

23 Turner’s Syndrome

24 Klinefelter’s syndrome

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