From Gene to Protein Overview: The Flow of

From Gene to Protein Overview: The Flow of

From Gene to Protein Overview: The Flow of Genetic Information The DNA inherited by organisms leads to specific traits by dictating synthesis of proteins The process by which DNA directs protein synthesis is called Gene Expression Transcription Translation In other words, Proteins are the link between genotype & Phenotype! We need to 1st look back and examine how the fundamental relationship between genes and proteins was discovered Evidence from the Study of Metabolic Defects Oh Good More Scientists Archibald Garrod (1902) British Physician 1st to suggest genes dictate phenotypes through enzymes that catalyze specific chemical reactions in

the cell Postulated that the symptoms of an inherited disease reflect a persons inability to make a particular enzyme Referred to such diseases as inborn errors of metabolism Linking genes to enzymes required understanding that cells synthesize and degrade molecules in a series of steps, a metabolic pathway Alkaptonuria A hereditary condition in which affected individuals produce black urine Garrod reasoned that urine is black because it contains alkapton which darkens upon exposure to air Most people have an enzyme which breaks down alkapton People with alkaptonuria have inherited an inability to make the enzyme that breaks down the alkapton Garrods Hypothesis: (alkaptonuria)

was a result of a defect in a gene for an enzyme Nutritional Mutants in Neurospora George Beadle & Edward Tatum worked with bread mold Neurospora crassa Experiment: Bombard mold with x-rays and screen survivors for mutants that differ in nutritional needs Wild type neurospora can survive on a minimal medium consisting of agar media containing only salts, glucose and a vitamin biotin Mutant neurospora could no longer survive on this minimal media, but could survive only on media containing amino acids,a.k.a. a complete medium Nutritional Mutants in Neurospora Beadle & Tatum hypothesized that normal neurospora could synthesize the 20 amino

acids they needed from the minimal media, while the mutants lacked the ability to synthesize the amino acids and so had to be supplied with them To characterize the metabolic defect of each nutritional mutant, Beadle & Tatum took samples from the mutant growing on the complete medium and grew it on the minimal medium and a single additional nutrient ARGININE SYNTHESIS: Before looking at experiment you need to understand the pathway used to make arginine from minimal media 1. Some type of precursor nutrient Enzyme A converts precursor into ornithine 2. Ornithine Enzyme B converts ornithine into citrulline 3. Citrulline

Enzyme C converts citrulline into arginine 4. Arginine Figure 17.2a EXPERIMENT Growth: Wild-type cells growing and dividing No growth: Mutant cells cannot grow and divide Minimal medium 3 Classes of Arginine Neurospora Mutants

Beadle & Tatums work with arginine Neurospora mutants indicated the could be classified into 3 categories of mutants Each class of mutant had a different mutated gene Figure 17.2b RESULTS Classes of Neurospora crassa Wild type Condition Minimal medium (MM) (control) Growth

Class III mutants Class I mutantsClass II mutants No growth MM ornithine MM citrulline MM arginine (control) Can grow with Summary or without any of results supplements Can grow on Can grow only Require arginine ornithine, on citrulline orto grow

citrulline, or arginine arginine Nutritional Mutants in Neurospora The individual nutrient that allowed growth was indicative of the metabolic defect For example; if the only sample that supported growth was the one containing arginine, the researchers could conclude that the mutant was defective in the pathway that wild type cells use to synthesize arginine Beadle & Tatum didnt stop there, they went on to characterize each mutants defect more specifically 3 Classes of Arginine Mutants These 3 classes of mutants must be blocked at different steps of the pathway! It is reasonable to assume that each mutant class lacks a functional enzyme to catalyze

the next step of the pathway So which enzyme do each class of mutant probably not have? Figure 17.2c CONCLUSION Gene (codes for enzyme) Gene A Gene B Gene C Wild type Class I mutantsClass II mutantsClass III mutants (mutation in (mutation in (mutation in gene B)

gene C) gene A) Precursor Precursor Precursor Precursor Enzyme A Enzyme A Enzyme A Enzyme A Ornithine Ornithine

Ornithine Ornithine Enzyme B Enzyme B Enzyme B Enzyme B Citrulline Citrulline Citrulline Citrulline Enzyme C

Enzyme C Enzyme C Enzyme C Arginine Arginine Arginine Arginine 3 Classes of Arginine Mutants Class 1 can grow on media containing Arginine Citrulline Ornithine Class 2 can grow on media containing Arginine

Citrulline Class 3 can grow only on media containing arginine 1 Gene = 1 Enzyme Hypothesis Because each enzyme was defective in a single gene, Beadle & Tatums results provided strong support for the 1 gene= 1 Enzyme hypothesis This basically means that each gene dictates the production of a single individual enzyme REVIEW: Nutritional Mutants in Neurospora: Scientific Inquiry George Beadle and Edward Tatum exposed

bread mold to X-rays, creating mutants that were unable to survive on minimal media Using crosses, they and their coworkers identified three classes of arginine-deficient mutants, each lacking a different enzyme necessary for synthesizing arginine They developed a one geneone enzyme hypothesis, which states that each gene dictates production of a specific enzyme 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. The Products of Gene Expression: A Developing Story Some proteins arent enzymes, so researchers later revised the hypothesis: one geneone protein Many proteins are composed of several polypeptides, each of which has its own gene Therefore, Beadle and Tatums hypothesis is now restated as the one geneone

polypeptide hypothesis Genes control phenotypes through the action of proteins is another contribution of their work 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Basic Principles of Transcription and Translation RNA is the bridge between genes and the proteins for which they code Transcription is the synthesis of RNA under the direction of DNA (DNA to mRNA in nucleus) Transcription produces messenger RNA (mRNA) Translation is the synthesis of a polypeptide, using information in the mRNA (mRNA to protein) Ribosomes are the sites of translation 2011 Pearson Education, Inc.

Central Dogma The central dogma in biology for many years was : DNA RNA protein It has been modified since due to new discoveries, but it basically remains the same Basic Principles of Transcription & Translation Transcription Translation The synthesis of a The synthesis of an amino complementary strand of RNA under the direction of DNA template Same language as DNA

nucleotides Occurs in the nucleus acid chain (polypeptide) under the direction of RNA Change in language from nucleotides to amino acids Occurs outside of the nucleus on a ribosome Secretory proteins are transcribed on ribosomes attached to the ER Proteins for internal cell use are transcribed on free ribosomes Why do we need an RNA intermediate? In other words, why cant we just use DNA as the template to build a polypeptide

Using RNA provides protection for DNA Using an RNA intermediate allows for more then one polypeptide to be synthesized at once A primary transcript is the initial RNA transcript from any gene prior to processing, the mRNA will be modified before it leaves the nucleus to go to ribosome for translation. The central dogma is the concept that cells are governed by a cellular chain of command: DNA RNA protein DNA 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. RNA


TRANSLATION TRANSLATION Polypeptide Polypeptide (a) Bacterial cell Ribosome (b) Eukaryotic cell Transcription Overview DNA is transcribed into pre-messenger RNA by RNA Polymerase in the nucleus Initiation Elongation Termination

This pre-mRNA undergoes RNA processing yielding a finished mRNA This primary transcript is now ready to leave the nucleus and undergo translation The Genetic Code How are the instructions for assembling amino acids into proteins encoded into DNA? There are 20 amino acids, but there are only four nucleotide bases in DNA 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Codons: Triplets of Nucleotides How many nucleotides correspond to an amino acid? The flow of information from gene to protein is based on a triplet code: a series of nonoverlapping, three-nucleotide words.

The words of a gene are transcribed into complementary nonoverlaping threenucleotide words of mRNA These words are then translated into a chain of amino acids, forming a polypeptide 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Figure 17.4 Template=non coding strand Nontemplate=coding strand (20) DNA template 3 5 strand A C C A A A C C G A G T 5 T G G T

T T G G C T C A 3 DNA molecule Gene 1 TRANSCRIPTION mRNA 5 U G G U U U G G C U C A Gene 2 3 Codon TRANSLATION Protein

Trp Phe Amino acid Gly Ser Gene 3 The Genetic Code If each arrangement of 3 consecutive bases specifies one amino acid, it is possible to specify up to 64 amino acids (43) There are only 20 amino acids, so this immediately indicates that there must be some redundancy within the code This is an important safety that helps us

survive mutations in our DNA! Codons & Amino Acids Each nucleotide triplet is called a codon, and each codon specifies only 1 amino acid Obviously, each amino acid may be specified by more than one codon Remember, this redundancy is important in our ability to survive DNA mutations This means that a polypeptide containing 100 amino acids must have a minimum of how many nucleotides? Second mRNA base U First mRNA base (5 end of codon)









Gly A G Third mRNA base (3 end of codon) Figure 17.5 Evolution of the Genetic Code The genetic code refers to the code of 1 codon specifying 1 amino acid This genetic code thus far appears to be shared universally among all life forms, from bacteria to mammals Slight variations exist in organelle genes and in some unicellular eukaryotes A shared genetic vocabulary is a reminder of the kinship that bonds life on Earth

Evolution of the Genetic Code The genetic code is nearly universal, shared by the simplest bacteria to the most complex animals Genes can be transcribed and translated after being transplanted from one species to another Firefly and jellyfish 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Cracking the Code Marshall Nirenburg of the NIH began cracking the genetic code in the early 1960s He synthesized an artificial mRNA consisting

only of uracil, this way, no matter where translation began it would only have one reading option UUUUUUU He then put this in an artificial system designed to undergo translation and what he found was a polypeptide composed solely of the amino acid phenylalanine Methionine The codon AUG codes for the amino acid methionine AUG is known as the start codon, and thus methionine is at the beginning of every polypeptide synthesized That is not to say that every finished protein has methionine as its 1st amino acid, methionine may be excised later during protein finishing

Molecular Components of Transcription Transcription is the first stage of gene expression RNA synthesis is catalyzed by RNA polymerase, which pries the DNA strands apart and hooks together the RNA nucleotides without a primer RNA Polymerase does NOT need a primer and can start an existing strand from scratch The RNA is complementary to the DNA template strand 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. RNA synthesis

follows the same base-pairing The DNA sequence where RNA polymerase attaches is called the promoter; in bacteria, the sequence signaling the end of transcription is called the terminator The stretch of DNA that is transcribed is called a transcription unit 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Promoter Figure 17.7-4 Transcription unit 5 3 3

5 DNA Start point RNA polymerase 1 Initiation (34) Nontemplate strand of DNA 3 5 Template strand of DNA 5 3 RNA Unwound transcript DNA 2 Elongation

Rewound DNA 5 3 3 5 3 5 RNA transcript 3 Termination 3 5 5 3 5

Completed RNA transcript 3 Direction of transcription (downstream) Special Sequences in DNA Promoter: this is a sequence of DNA recognized by RNA Polymerase, marking where the gene begins This is the site where RNA Polymerase actually attaches and initiates transcription Terminator (prokaryotes only!) is a sequence that signals the end of transcription Lingo Downstream

Upstream The direction of The direction opposite of transcription is said to be downstream transcription is said to be upstream So is the promoter upstream or downstream of the terminator? Transcription Unit: the entire stretch of DNA that is transcribed is called the transcription unit Transcription is Divided into 3 Stages Initiation RNA Polymerase recognizes and binds to promoter

Elongation Termination Stages of Transcription Animation RNA Polymerase Binding and Initiation of Transcription Promoters signal the transcriptional start point and usually extend several dozen nucleotide pairs upstream of the start point Transcription factors mediate the binding of RNA polymerase and the initiation of transcription The completed assembly of transcription factors and RNA polymerase II bound to a promoter is called a transcription initiation complex A promoter called a TATA box is crucial in

forming 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. the initiation complex in eukaryotes Eukaryotes & the TATA Box Eukaryotic promoters often include a TATA box, which is the nucleotide sequence TATA located about 25 nucleotides upstream of the transcriptional start point There are several TFs that must bind to the DNA in order for RNA polymerase to bind, one of these TFs has a binding site for the TATA box Figure 17.8 1 A eukaryotic promoter Promoter Nontemplate strand

DNA 5 3 3 5 T A T AA AA A T A T T TT TATA box (37-38) Transcription factors Start point Template strand 2 Several transcription factors bind to DNA 5 3

3 5 3 Transcription initiation complex forms RNA polymerase II Transcription factors 5 3 5 3 3 5 RNA transcript Transcription initiation complex Elongation of the RNA Strand

As RNA polymerase moves along the DNA, it untwists the double helix, 10 to 20 bases at a time Transcription progresses at a rate of 40 nucleotides per second in eukaryotes A gene can be transcribed simultaneously by several RNA polymerases Nucleotides are added to the 3 end of the growing RNA molecule 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Nontemplate strand of DNA RNA nucleotides Figure 17.9 RNA polymerase A

3 C T U T A G C A T A G T T U G 5

T 3 end C A U C 5 C A A A C C A Direction of transcription Template strand of DNA Newly made RNA

5 G A T C 3 Elongation As RNA Polymerase travels down the DNA strand it continues untwisting the DNA and adding nucleotides to the 3end of a growing nucleotide chain Unlike DNA replication where the newly synthesized daughter DNA stays associated with the parent DNA strand, the RNA disassociates immediately after the covalent linkage between sugars is made, and DNA

reassociates back into its double helix Transcription progresses at a rate of about 60 nucleotides / second Elongation A single gene can be transcribed simultaneously by several RNA Polymerases following each other one after another Transcription Animation Termination of Transcription The mechanisms of termination are different in bacteria and eukaryotes In bacteria, the polymerase stops transcription at the end of the terminator and the mRNA can be translated without further modification In eukaryotes, RNA polymerase II transcribes the polyadenylation signal sequence; the RNA

transcript is released 1035 nucleotides past this polyadenylation sequence 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Termination Prokaryotes Eukaryotes Transcription proceeds RNA Polymerase transcribes until RNA Polymerase reads a terminator sequence in the DNA causing it to detach from the DNA molecule There is no prokaryotic pre-mRNA, mRNA is available for immediate use by the cell and can

actually begin translation while it is a polyadenylation signal sequence (AAUAAA) At about 10-35 nucleotides past this sequence, an enzyme comes and cuts loose the pre-mRNA RNA Polymerase will continue transcribing perhaps hundreds of nucleotides past the end of the gene until it falls off Concept 17.3: Eukaryotic cells modify RNA after transcription

Enzymes in the eukaryotic nucleus modify premRNA (RNA processing) before the genetic messages are dispatched to the cytoplasm During RNA processing, both ends of the primary transcript are usually altered Also, usually some interior parts of the molecule are cut out, and the other parts spliced together 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Alteration of mRNA Ends Each end of a pre-mRNA molecule is modified in a particular way The 5 end receives a modified nucleotide 5 cap The 3 end gets a poly-A tail These modifications share several functions They seem to facilitate the export of mRNA

They protect mRNA from hydrolytic enzymes They help ribosomes attach to the 5 end 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Figure 17.10 5 G Protein-coding segment P P P 5 Cap 5 UTR Polyadenylation signal 3 AAUAAA

Start codon Stop codon 3 UTR AAA AAA Poly-A tail UTRs UTRs are parts of the mRNA that will not be translated into protein, but have other necessary functions such as ribosome binding Split Genes and RNA Splicing Most eukaryotic genes and their RNA transcripts have long noncoding stretches of

nucleotides that lie between coding regions These noncoding regions are called intervening sequences, or introns The other regions are called exons because they are eventually expressed, usually translated into amino acid sequences RNA splicing removes introns and joins exons, creating an mRNA molecule with a continuous coding sequence 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Figure 17.11 (43) 5 Exon IntronExon Pre-mRNA5Cap Codon 130 31104 numbers

Intron Exon 3 Poly-A tail 105 146 Introns cut out and exons spliced together mRNA 5Cap 5 UTR Poly-A tail 1146 Coding segment 3 UTR In some cases, RNA splicing is carried out by

spliceosomes Spliceosomes are located in the nucleus Spliceosomes consist of a variety of proteins and several small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) that recognize the splice sites Snurps are composed of RNA and protein and recognize short sequences at the end of each intron that needs to be spliced. 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Spliceosome Several different snRNPs join with other proteins to form a spliceosome Spliceosomes are almost as large as a ribosome The spliceosome interacts with the RNA cutting out the introns and splicing together the exons

Splicing Animation Spliceosome Animation RNA transcript (pre-mRNA) Figure 17.12-3 5 Exon 1 Intron Protein snRNA (47) Exon 2 Other proteins snRNPs

Spliceosome 5 Spliceosome components 5 mRNA Exon 1 Exon 2 Cut-out intron Ribozymes Ribozymes are catalytic RNA molecules that function as enzymes and can splice RNA The discovery of ribozymes rendered obsolete the belief that all biological catalysts were proteins In some species, there is no need for protein

or even additional RNA molecules, the intron within the mRNA catalyzes its own excision! 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Ribozyme Mechanism Because RNA is single stranded, one portion of an RNA molecule can base pair with another complementary portion of the same molecule Some of the bases contain functional groups that may participate in catalysis So Not all biological catalysts are proteins after all! Three properties of RNA enable it to function as an enzyme It can form a three-dimensional structure

because of its ability to base-pair with itself Some bases in RNA contain functional groups that may participate in catalysis RNA may hydrogen-bond with other nucleic acid molecules 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. The Functional and Evolutionary Importance of Introns Some introns contain sequences that may regulate gene expression Some genes can encode more than one kind of polypeptide, depending on which segments are treated as exons during splicing This is called alternative RNA splicing Consequently, the number of different proteins

an organism can produce is much greater than its number of genes 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Alternative Splicing A single gene can, in fact, code for more than one polypeptide, depending on which segments are treated as introns and which are treated as exons Example: the differences between a male and female fruit fly are due mainly to alternative splicing of the same genes Alternative splicing also provides a possible answer to why we humans get along as well as we do with such little genetic information (we really only have about double that of a fruit fly) Proteins often have a modular architecture

consisting of discrete regions called domains In many cases, different exons code for the different domains in a protein Exon shuffling may result in the evolution of new proteins 2011 Pearson Education, Inc. Exon Shuffling The presence of introns in a gene may facilitate the evolution of new and potentially useful proteins by increasing the probability of crossing over between the exons of different alleles! Exon shuffling could lead to new proteins with novel combinations of functions (or it could lead to a completely nonfunctional product, and then you die n_-_

exon_shuffling.html Figure 17.13 Gene DNA Exon 1 Intron Exon 2 Intron Exon 3 Transcription RNA processing Translation Domain 3 Domain 2 Domain 1 Polypeptide

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