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RNA & Protein Synthesis 12-3. Intro Genes code DNA instructions that control the production of proteins within the cell. Genes The first step in decoding.

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1 RNA & Protein Synthesis 12-3

2 Intro Genes code DNA instructions that control the production of proteins within the cell. Genes The first step in decoding these genetic messages is to copy DNA into RNA These RNA molecules contain coded information for making proteins.

3 The Structure of RNA RNA consists of a long chain of nucleotides. Each nucleotide is made up of 1. 5-carbon sugar 2. a phosphate group 3. a nitrogenous base.

4 3 Differences of RNA & DNA There are three main differences between RNA and DNA: 1. The sugar in RNA is ribose instead of deoxyribose, 2. RNA is generally single-stranded 3. RNA contains uracil in place of thymine.

5 RNA You can think of an RNA molecule as a disposable copy of a segment of DNA. RNA molecule is a working copy of a single gene.

6 Types of RNA RNA molecules have many functions, but in the majority of cells most RNA molecules are involved in just one job—protein synthesis. The assembly of amino acids into proteins is controlled by RNA. There are three main types of RNA: 1. messenger RNA 2. ribosomal RNA 3. transfer RNA.


8 Messenger RNA The RNA molecules that carry copies of these instructions are known as messenger RNA (mRNA)messenger RNA they serve as “messengers” from DNA to the rest of the cell

9 Ribosomal RNA Proteins are assembled on ribosomes Ribosomes are made up of several dozen proteins RNA-ribosomal RNA (rRNA)ribosomal RNA

10 Transfer RNA During the construction of a protein RNA transfers each amino acid to the ribosome messages in mRNA. These RNA molecules are known as transfer RNA (tRNA).transfer RNA

11 Checkpoint Ribosomes are made of ribosomal RNA and  A.) Transfer RNA  B.) Protein  C.) Messenger RNA

12 Transcription RNA molecules are produced by copying part of a sequence of DNA into a sequence in RNA called transcription.transcription Transcription requires an enzyme known as RNA polymerase. RNA polymerase

13 Transcription Continued RNA polymerase : binds to DNA separates the DNA strands. RNA polymerase uses one strand of DNA as a template and nucleotides are assembled into a strand of RNA.


15 Promotors The enzyme will bind only to regions of DNA known as promoterspromoters They have specific base sequences. Promoters are signals that “tell” enzymes where to bind to make RNA.

16 RNA Editing Many RNA molecules require editing before they are ready to go into action. RNA molecule is produced by copying DNA.

17 Introns and Exons Eukaryotic genes contains sequences of nucleotides, called intronsintrons Introns are not involved. The DNA sequences that code for proteins are called exonsexons Exons are“expressed”.

18 Introns and Exons The introns are cut out of RNA molecules The remaining exons are then spliced back

19 Checkpoint If the introns are not removed from the pre-mRNA, the resulting protein would be A.) Made correctly B.) Made incorrectly C.) Not made at all

20 Some RNA molecules may be cut and spliced in different ways A single gene can produce several different forms of RNA. A very small changes in DNA sequences to have dramatic effects in gene expression.

21 The Genetic Code The “language” of mRNA instructions is called the genetic code. As you know, RNA contains four different bases: Adenine, Uracil, Cytosine, & Guanine. The genetic code is read three letters at a time or three bases long.

22 Codon Each three-letter “word” in mRNA is known as a codon A codon consists of three consecutive nucleotides that specify a single amino acidcodon The amino acid is to be added to the polypeptide.


24 partnerwork mRNA code UCGCACGGU mRNA codon UCG-CAC-GGU write the amino acids that correspond to the codons on page 303


26 Answer Serine Histidine Glycine

27 Codon Numbers Because there are four different bases, there are 64 possible three-base codons (4 ×4 ×4 = 64) six different codons specify the amino acid leucine six other codons specify arginine.

28 AUG AUG, that can either specify: 1. methionine 2. “start,” There are three “stop” codons that do not code for any amino acid. Stop codons act like the period at the end of a sentence they signify the end of a polypeptide, which consists of many amino acids

29 Translation The decoding of an mRNA message into a polypeptide chain (protein) is known as translation. translation Translation takes place on ribosomes. During translation, the cell uses information from messenger RNA to produce proteins.


31 Overall summary Messenger RNA is transcribed from DNA in the nucleus and released into the cytoplasm Translation begins when an mRNA molecule attaches to a ribosome. In the ribosome, the amino acid is transferred to the growing polypeptide chain.

32 Anti-codon Each tRNA molecule carries only one kind of amino acid. In addition to an amino acid, each tRNA molecule has three unpaired bases. These bases, called the anticodon, are complementary to one mRNA codon.anticodon

33 The Roles of RNA and DNA The cell uses the vital DNA “master plan” to prepare RNA “blueprints.” The DNA molecule remains within the safety of the nucleus, while RNA molecules go to the protein-building sites in the cytoplasm—the ribosomes.


35 Genes and proteins Genes contain nothing more than instructions for assembling proteins. A gene that codes for an enzyme to produce pigment can control the color of a flower. Another gene produces an enzyme specialized for the production of red blood cell surface antigen. proteins are microscopic tools, each specifically designed to build or operate a component of a living cell.


37 1.) List the three main types of RNA. 2. What happens during transcription? 3. What happens during translation? 4.Describe the three main differences between RNA and DNA.

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