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prokaryote gene regulation

RNA polymerase

____is the key enzyme for transcription

Initiation , elongation and termination

RNA polymerase is involved in three phases of transcription


sigma subunit + core enzyme, binds to promoter, unwinds DNA, begins polymerization of bases complementary to DNA template


the movement away from promoter sigma subunit released, polymerization


the signal reached by RNA polymerase at the end of transcription

Rho dependent Termination

Rho factor recognizes sequence in mRNA, binds to it, and pulls it away from RNA polymerase

Rho independent Termination

stem loop structure formed by sequence of 20 bases with a run of 6 or more U signals release of RNA polymerase


Translation in _______ starts before transcription ends.


for translation signal ribosomes to bind near 5' end of mRNA while downstream transcription is still occuring

Polycistronic mRNA

often leads to the translation of several genes at the same time from one mRNA transcript

regulation of gene expression

1. binding of RNA poly to promoter 2. shift from initiation to elongation 3.release of mRNA at termination 4.posttranscriptional stability of mRNA
5. efficiency of ribosomes to recognize translation initiation sites 6.stability of polypeptide product

lactose utilization

The presence of lactose induces expression of the genes required for__________


stimulation of protein synthesis during lactose utilization


molecule that stimulates synthesis during lactose utilization


inducer of genes for lactose utilization

Monod and Jacob

proposed operon theory of gene regulation

Operon Theory

Single signal can simultaneously regulate expression of several genes that are clustered together on a chromosomes and involve the same process.


Because genes are ___ they are transcribed together as single mRNA


cluster of genes

lacA, lacY and lacZ

genes that split lactose into glucose and galactose


___ is the site to which RNA polymerase binds

trans acting elements

can diffuse through cytoplasm and act at target DNA sites on any DNA molecule in cell ( repressor)

cis acting elements

(operator site) can only influence expression of adjacent genes on same DNA molecule


Inducers ____ repressor from binding to operator


In absence of lactose, repressor binds to operator which prevents transcription, negative regulatory element

repressor protein

if there is no lactose in cell, a ____is bound to operator Z, Y, and A genes can't be expressed

Lactose present

1. allocation binds to repressor 2. repressor changes shape and cannot bind to operator 3. RNA poly binds to promoter and initiates transcription of polycistronic RNA

Complementation analysis

identified three genes (lacZ, LacY and lacA) in a tightly linked cluster

lac mutants

Monod et al. isolated many __ unable to utilize lactose


normal repressor end can bind to operator or normal inducer end, if inducer can bind to repressor, repressor cannot bind lacA, Y and Z are transcribed


mutant repressor cannot bind to operator, operator end of repressor deformed enzyme produced constitutively


superrepressor mutant repressor, inducer can not bind to repressor, repressor can bind to operon even when inducer are present, enzyme are not produced

Mutant operator

nucleotide sequence is changed, repressor cannot bind to operator lac enzymes are synthesized contitutively

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