What is the process called that converts the genetic information stored in DNA to an RNA copy?
Lagging strand synthesis would be incomplete; leading strand synthesis would be unaffected.
Transcription begins at a promoter. What is a promoter?
A site in DNA that recruits the RNA Polymerase
Which of the following statements best describes the promoter of a protein-coding gene?
The promoter is a nontranscribed region of a gene
What determines which base is to be added to an RNA strand during transcription
Base pairing between the DNA template strand and the RNA nucleotides
Which of the following terms best describes the relationship between the newly synthesized RNA molecule and the DNA template strand
What happens to RNA polymerase II after it has completed transcription of a gene
It is free to bind to another promoter and begin transcription
Given the DNA template shown above, which of the following bases would you find in a complementary RNA strand and where would they be synthesized? (Riboncleotides+RNA Polymearse+DNA strand with Thymine)
For any given gene, what ultimately determines which DNA strand serves as the template strand?
the base sequence of the gene's promoter
Which three statements correctly describe the processing that takes place before a mature mRNA exits the nucleus?
-Noncoding sequences called introns are spliced out by molecular complexes called spliceosomes.
-A poly-A tail (50-250 adenine nucleotides) is added to the 3' end of the pre-mRNA.
- A cap consisting of a modified guanine nucleotide is added to the 5' end of the pre-mRNA.
If RNA polymerase is missing _____ then transcription initiation would not occur but elongation could.
What is the difference between a chromatid and a chromosome?
A chromatid is one half of a replicated chromosome, whereas a chromosome consists of DNA wrapped around proteins in a highly organized manner.
True or false? Mitosis takes place during M phase, which is the longest phase of the cell cycle.
Which term describes two recently replicated DNA strands that are joined together just before cell division?
Which stage of mitosis is characterized by the disintegration of mitotic spindles and the formation of two new nuclear membranes?
During which substage of mitosis do sister chromatids break apart and start moving to opposite poles of the cell?
Which statement is correct concerning the function(s) of the 5' cap and the 3' poly(A) tail of eukaryotic mRNAs?
Both structures serve as recognition signals for the translational machinery and extend the life span of the mRNA.
In a DNA double helix an adenine of one strand always pairs with a(n) _____ of the complementary strand, and a guanine of one strand always pairs with a(n) _____ of the complementary strand.
thymine ... cytosine
After DNA replication is completed, _____.
each new DNA double helix consists of one old DNA strand and one new DNA strand
Why is the new DNA strand complementary to the 3' to 5' strands assembled in short segments?
DNA polymerase can assemble DNA only in the 5' to 3' direction
The synthesis of a new strand begins with the synthesis of a(n) _____.
RNA primer complementary to a preexisting DNA strand
Imagine that the DNA strand shown below serves as the template for DNA synthesis. 5' CATGCATAGA 3' Assuming no errors in DNA synthesis, what would the new DNA look like?
5' TCTATGCATG 3'
What prevents hydrogen bonds between bases, and binds after the replication fork?
Single stranded binding protein
What is made continuously, only one primer needed, and daughter strand elongates toward the replication fork?
What is made in segments, multiple primers needed, and daughter strand elongates away from the replication fork?
Recent studies have shown that xeroderma pigmentosum (an error in the nucleotide excision repair process) can result from mutations in one of seven genes. What can you infer from this finding?
There are several enzymes involved in the nucleotide excision repair process.
What would be the consequence(s) for DNA synthesis if DNA ligase were defective?
Lagging strand synthesis would be incomplete; leading strand synthesis would be unaffected.
What would be the consequence(s) for DNA synthesis if primase were defective?
Both leading and lagging strand synthesis would be incomplete.
Which statement is correct concerning DNA synthesis catalyzed by DNA polymerase?
The new DNA strand is synthesized in the 5'→3' direction; the template strand is read in the 3'→5' direction.
Why does telomerase need to have a built-in template for DNA synthesis?
Telomerase is involved in adding DNA to the end of the lagging strand.
What does it mean to say that strands in a double helix are anti parallel?
They have opposite directionally, or polarity.
What is not a property of DNA Polymerase?
It is associated with a sliding clamp only on the leading strand.
What is the function of topoisomerase?
Preventing kinks in DNA as the replication fork opens and unwinds.
What is the function or primase?
synthesis of a short section of RNA, complementary to single stranded DNA
What does Telomerase do?
It adds single stranded DNA to the lagging strand at the end of a linear chromosome
Th three types of RNA polymerase found in eukaryotic cells transcribe different types of genes. What does RNA polymerase 2 produce?
Which the following best describes the composition of DNA monomers?
All of the monomers contain a phosphate group and a nitrogenous base connected to a deoxyribose.
The structure of a double-stranded DNA helix molecule can best be described as a _____.
sugar-phosphate backbone with the bases of the complementary base pairs adenine-thymine and guanine-cytosine projecting toward the inside of the backbone
How does the dNTP monomer get added to the DNA chain?
The 3' carbon of the DNA chain forms a covalent linkage with the phosphate group on the 5' end of the dNTP.
Which of the following statements is true of DNA synthesis?
DNA polymerase requires a single-stranded template plus a primer to synthesize DNA.
Which strand would be synthesized from the following portion of a DNA molecule? 3' AACCGTAATTCG 5'
5' TTGGCATTAAGC 3'
Which of the following statements is true about DNA replication in bacteria and eukarya?
Eukaryotes can have multiple points of origin for DNA synthesis in each individual chromosome.
The following DNA sequence occurs at the start of a DNA strand. Which of the sequences below would be most likely to bind to this sequence to initiate DNA replication?
3' AATTGCAGATTCA 5'
5' UUAACGUCUAA 3'
DNA synthesis is best characterized by which of the following statements?
It is conducted in the 5' to 3' direction in both the lagging and leading strands.
Which of the following represents the correct order of events as they occur in the process of DNA replication?
Helicase opens helix, DNA polymerase III elongates primer and synthesizes leading and lagging strands, DNA ligase links fragments of DNA.
Which of the following enzymes is correctly matched to its function?
DNA polymerase III—adds nucleotides to the lagging strand
During DNA replication, mismatched bases happen approximately once in every 100,000 bases. The exonuclease activity of which enzyme repairs these mismatches?
DNA polymerase III
DNA mutations that alter the sequence can be corrected by excision repair. Which of the following statements is true of this system?
The system detects mutations because they produce an irregularity in the DNA molecule.
Cancer can occur when DNA is damaged. Which of the following statements about the cause of damage to DNA molecules is true?
DNA molecules can break down in the absence of environmental toxins or radiation.
Why are individuals who suffer from xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) incredibly sensitive to DNA damage from UV light?
XP individuals lack one or more enzymes involved in excising damaged DNA bases from the chromosomes.
Although the process of chromosome partitioning during mitosis is visible through a light microscope, the process of DNA replication is not. Why?
Chromosomes are too extended during S phase to be seen by light microscopy.
A certain species of animal has six pairs of chromosomes. How many sister chromatids do the nuclei of these animals have during G2 phase?
During mitosis, it is necessary for the nuclear envelope of the parent cell to disintegrate. This is accomplished in part by phosphorylation of proteins associated with the nuclear envelope. If the enzyme responsible for that phosphorylation event is inhibited, at which phase of mitosis are cells likely to arrest?
Which of the following conditions will most likely prevent a cell from passing the G1 checkpoint?
DNA is damaged
What mistake during anaphase can contribute to cancer formation?
improper separation of sister chromatids
Many cancers are due to the failure of cells to properly regulate the _____ checkpoint during the cell cycle.
Examine the following DNA sequence: 5' AATTGCGCTTAG 3'. Which of the strands below represents the complementary RNA strand that would be formed from this DNA strand?
3' UUAACGCGAAUC 5'
Transcription normally stops when the _____.
RNA polymerase reaches a termination signal on the DNA that leads to the formation of a hairpin loop
Which of the following statements about transcription in bacteria and eukaryotes is true?
Bacteria and eukaryotes rely on proteins that recognize specific DNA sequences to initiate transcription.
Compared to bacteria, eukaryotic transcription is more complex because _____.
the promoters are more diverse and the primary RNA transcript must be extensively processed
How is an mRNA lacking introns produced in a eukaryotic cell?
snRNPs bind to the primary transcript and form the spliceosome.
Which of the following statements about peptide bond formation is true?
RNA catalyzes the formation of peptide bonds.
What is the maximum number of amino acids in a peptide that would be produced from the following mRNA sequence: 5' AAUCCGUAAAUGAGACCGUCGAUCAAUUAGCG 3'?
Which of the following statements about the formation of polypeptides from amino acids is true?
A bond forms between the carboxyl functional group of one amino acid and the amino functional group of the other amino acid.
________structure is the result of two or more proteins subunits assembling to form a larger, biologically active protein complex
_________structure describes the alpha helix and beta sheets that are formed by hydrogen bonding between backbone atoms located near each other in the polypeptide chain
_________structure is achieved when a protein folds into a compact, three dimensional shape stabalized by interactions between side chain R groups of amino acids
What aspects of amino acid structure vary among different amino acids?
The components of the R group
How does the structure of an amino acid enable it to play its most important roles in cells?
The presence of carboxyl and amino groups gives it the ability to form peptide bonds, and its side chain gives it unique chemical properties.
You've just sequenced a new protein found in mice and observe that sulfur-containing cysteine residues occur at regular intervals. What is the significance of this finding?
Cysteine residues are involved in disulfide bridges that help form tertiary structure.
Which of the following processes is an example of a post-translational modification?
Which of the following steps occurs last in the initiation phase of translation?
The large ribosomal subunit joins the complex.
True or false. A tRNA with an anticodon complementary to the stop codon catalyzes the reaction by which translation is terminated.
If the DNA code for a particular amino acid is AGT, then the anticodon on the tRNA would be _____.
RNA and proteins combine in cells to form structures called ribosomes. Ribosomes contain the active site for peptide bond formation. Based on their chemical structures, do you think protein or RNA molecules actually form the active site within the ribosome
It could be either, because both molecules have catalytic properties.
You have an enzymatic reaction proceeding at the optimum pH and optimum temperature. You add a competitive inhibitor to the reaction and notice that the reaction slows down.
What can you do to speed the reaction up again?
Add more substrate; it will outcompete the inhibitor and increase the reaction rate.
You have added an irreversible inhibitor to a sample of enzyme and substrate. At this point, the reaction has stopped completely.
What can you do to regain the activity of the enzyme?
The enzyme is inactive at this point. New enzyme must be added to regain enzyme activity.
A _______ inhibitor has a structure that is so similar to the substrate that it can bond to the enzyme just like the substrate
Usually a _______ inhibitor forms a covalent bondwith an amino acid side group within the active site, which prevents the substratefrom entering the active site or prevents catalytic activity
When the noncompetitive inhibitor is bonded to the enzyme, the shape of the _____ is distorted