UMass Amherst BIOLOGY 285 - Bio 285 SI Before Quiz 6 (2 pages)

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Bio 285 SI Before Quiz 6 The End Replication Problem Basically when newly replicated DNA strand becomes shorter and shorter Happens because the primer is removed so cannot replicate the end of DNA o From lagging strand Primers from lagging strand get taken off except for very last one o Doesn t have anything to be attached to o This creates a gap at 5 end of newly replicated strand That s how cells die and we age Cancer cells don t have this problem why they don t die and they re cancerous At the end of each strand there s a region of DNA called telomere Telomere Coiled at end of DNA being replicated Still part of DNA If telomere didn t exist would think of end of DNA as breakage so would get fixed even though it doesn t need it Consists of repeated DNA sequence In order to prevent telomere from getting shorter cells express telomerase Telomere is part of DNA at the end and telomerase is protein that prevents telomeres from getting shorter How cells solve the end replication problem Telomerase Telomerase is a protein that has an RNA template Job is to extend the parent strand using an RNA template Attaches to the parent strand right before the gap and uses RNA as a template Basically takes that strand and extends it Why want to extend parent strand To attach a primer Need a primer to use as a base to be able to build DNA Gap no primer to replicate to fill gap So need a primer to fill gap need to extend parent strand to get a primer so need telomerase Reverse transcriptase what this process is called use RNA template to make DNA Once you get parent strand get primase to add a primer and then get whole machinery to attach then fill gap and end of replication problem RNA sequence already part of telomerase itself Adding new nucleotides to 3 end of parent strand Using RNA Pro vs Eu how to tell parents from daughters In E coli old strand is methylated how to tell for prokaryotes o Labeling parent strand In eukaryotes don t know how the cell tells o Cell creates a nick in



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