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Part I Packaging of DNA

Why does DNA need to be packaged?

 

DNA as a molecule is very long. It needs to fit into a cell / into the nucleus

 

 

What is ploidy?

 

Ploidy refers to how many sets of corresponding (the lecture says identical but on a base to base level there can be differences) chromosomes an organism has

 

 

Do bacteria have histones?

 

No but they have similarly positively charged proteins, like IHF (Integration host factor)

 

 

What are the four histones making up the core particle

 

H2A, H2B, H3, H4

 

 

Are the four histones making up the core completely "hidden" by the DNA?

 

No there are tails extneding from the core, these are often the target of chemical histon modifications

 

 

Where does H1 come into play?

 

As an outer particle, additional packing

 

 

How long (in nt) is a strech of DNA around a nucleosme?

 

~146b

 

 

How can one determine the length of DNA around a nucleosome?

 

micrococal DNAase digestion, the nucleosme protects the DNA, then run the fragments on a gel

 

 

If you digest chromosomal DNA with micrococal DNA and run them on a gel you get shortisch fragments of around 170-200bp but also longer and much longer bands, where are these coming from?

 

These ae likely due to incomplete digestion

 

 

How is DNA that has been wrapped around the histone futher packaged?

 

The 10nm fiber is further packaged into a 30nm fiber requiring the linker histone H1

 

 

Sometimes "packed" chromosomal DNA needs to be accessed, how is this problem solved?

 

By nucleosome remodelling factors. These can change the localization of the nucloesomes with respect to the DNA

 

 

Give ONE example of nucleosome remodelling complexes.

 

1) SWI/SNF: disrupts nucleosome positioning 2) ACF (ISWI family): positions nucleosomes during chromatin assembly

 

 

What is hetero and euchromatin. What can you say as a rule of thumb about the transcriptional activity of these two?

 

Euchromatin is less condensed regions, whereas heterochromatin is more condensed and thus stains darker. Generally there is less transcription in heterochromatin.(heterochromatin)

 

 

What histone modifications do you know?

 

–Acetylation (Ac)

 

–Ubiquitination (Ub)

 

–Methylation (Me)

 

–Phosphorylation (P)

 

–Sumoylation (Su)

 

 

What does HAT stand for?

 

Histone acetylase.

 

 

What does HDAC stand for?

 

Histone deacetylase.

 

 

What does HMT stand for?

 

Histone methyltransferase

 

 

What is H3K27me3 short for and with what is this histone modification associated?

 

Histone 3 Lysine 27 triple metylated and it is associated with genes.

 

 

Which chemical modification of DNA do you know?

 

Metyhlation of Cytosines =>5 methyl cytosine; Methylation of Adenine e.g. for the bacterial restriction system

 

 

Why is DNA methylation (in eukaryotes) risky?

 

Methylated cytosines are less chemically stable, so more likely to undergo deamination, which changes the base to thymine

 

 

What does a bromo- and what does a chromodomain do, in the context of binding to certain structures?

 

-Bromodomain (binds acetylated lysines)

 

-Chromodomain (binds methylated lysines)

 

 

Methylation in CG can be propagted trhough DNA replication, as the site is symmetric how can the state be propagted in asymmetric sites ?

 

e.g. through modified histones or through RNA based mechanisms

 

 

Explain position effect variegation ?

 

See slide 64

 

 

What is para mutation?

 

When two alleles at the same locus interact, and where one allels causes a heritable change in the other allele.

 

 

Explain what point, holocentric and regional centromers are?

 

Point centromers are very small, regional are several hundred kb long and provide the regions for the spindles to attach. In holocentric centromers no defined centromer exists, the spindels attach everywhere.

 

 

What are telomers and how are they maintained (pick one mechanism)?

 

telomers are the ends of the chromosomes, they protect the chromsomes and can be partly single stranded and/or folded back. As DNA polymerase can't copy the ends, one way to maintain the ends is telomerase an enzyme using internal RNA as template.

 

 

What is the role of telomerase?

 

it solved the "end" problem by prolonging special structures "telomeres" at chromosome ends.

 

 

DNA repair

What is a transition?

 

Purin versus Purin exchange

 

 

What is a transversion?

 

Purin versus Pyrimidin exchange, or vice versa

 

 

Name some sources of mistakes which could eventually lead to mutations:

 

tautomeric structures of DNA bases

 

cell internal metabolites, e.g. reactive oxygen species

 

external chemicals e.g. alkylation agents

 

radiation e.g. UV or X-ray

 

deamination

 

base slippage

 

 

What is a simple mechanism to repair UV induced tymine dimerization?

 

Direct reversal of the damage by photolyases

 

 

Ada is involved in alkylation repair, what is special about this repair?

 

The protein transfers the alkyl group onto itself, as this is irreversible the protein is no enzymes and is thus "used up"

 

 

What is the role of Mut SLH?

 

Its role is in mismatch repair MutS recognizes a mismatch, MutH a hemimethylated strand and nicks the strand

 

 

Explain the Mut SLH mechanism.

 

See slide 2/16

 

 

Explain Base excision repair

 

damaged bases are removed by glycosylase (there are many different ones) AP site is recognized by an endonuclease, it cleaves the backbone and the hole is filled => 2/17

 

 

When is nucleotide excision repair being used?

 

For bulky lesions

 

 

What are TLS polymerase

 

Translesion polymerases, they are able to polymerize in a non-templated fashion when damage has occurred

 

 

Why are TLS polymerase a last resort?

 

The TLs polymerase are error prone and just enusure that DNa can be replicated, this often leads to mutations. It can sageguard replication though 2/21ff

 

 

Explain the LexA-RecA system.

 

Normally LexA is blocking the syntehsis of SOS genes by binding to a DNA operator. If RecA bind ssDNA it is activated and cleaves LexA. Cleaved LexA can't bind to the operator anymore, SOS genes are read. =>2/27,28

 

 

Where do ATM and ATR play a role and what can activate them (in terms of which state not which protein)?

 

They play a role in the eukaryotic damage reponse e.g. to double strand breaks.

 

 

What are effects of ATR activation?

 

Cell cylce control, replication fork stabilization, replication origin control

 

 

Explain the regulation of p51.

 

See slide 2/40

 

 

Recombination

What is NHEJ

 

Non homologous end joining, joining DNA ends, it is predominant in non dividing cells. (G1 phase)

 

 

Explain the simplest case of NHEJ

 

A couble stranded break is repaired by simply joining the ends potentially after trimming a few bases by a nuclease.

 

 

When resection occurs during NHEJ, what happens?

 

DNA ends are resected, regions of microhomology are found, DNA pairs, gaps are filled and overhangs trimmed

 

 

Briefly depict the process of homology directed repair with synthesis dependent strand annealing (no protein names are necessary, but give the neccessary terms for the DNA structures)?

 

Resection occurs to generate 3' overhangs, one of the 3' overhangs invades an intact duplex, generating a heteroduplex and a displacement loop,

 

new DNA is synthesized, until this can pair with the other 3' overhang. Then repair replication and synthesis (Probably helpful if you could draw a diagrm here)

 

 

What is the role of RecBCD in E. coli?

 

It plays a role in homology directed repair, where it has nuclease and helicase activity and in the end generates 3' tails after encountering Chi sites.

 

 

What are Chi sites?

 

Special DNA sequences recognized by thr recBCD complex.

 

 

Genes involved in repair and recombination are often implicated in some diseases as well, name two example for such a disease

 

Werner Syndrome

 

Bloom Syndrome

 

Rothmund Thomson Syndrome

 

 

What is the role of RecA (RAd51) in homology directed repair, where else does it occur?

 

It loads onto the single stranded DNA and helps in strand exchange it also plays a role in homolgous recombination

 

 

What is the consequence of using homologous chromosomes as templates for homology-directed repair?

 

DNA is changed and is afterwards a copy of the homologous chromosome. This can lead to a loss of heterozygousity

 

 

Explain how yeast switches its mating type and why this is interesting for Molecualr biology?

 

The switching uses homology directed repair. There are thre loci the active MAT locus and two silent loci one carrrying alpha and one a information.

 

The endonuclease HO cuts in the MAT locus and either the information of alpha or a is copied there potentially changing the mating type.

 

 

Does the cleavage of a holiday junction always lead to large areas of recombinant product?

 

No this depends on how the junction is cleaved

 

 

Where is RuvAB involved in the broad complex of recombination?

 

Movement of the holiday junctions

 

 

Depict the first steps in homologous recombination

 

After a double strand break, DNA is resected and bound by proteins which help in inavding the other duplex. DNA

 

is synthesiszed from the invading strand. The displaced strand of the D-loop is captured by the remaining 3' end.

 

DNA synthesis occurs and holiday junctions form 3/41

 

 

What is the relationship between homology directed repair and homologous recombination?

 

They are similar and the initial processes are almost the same

 

 

How can damaged replication forks (specifically nicks) be repaired with a principle remeniscent of recombination?

 

single strand nick leads to a ds break after strand separtion. One strand of the "broken off" end invades the

 

"whole" part a D-loop structure is formed, DNA synthesis occurs, the displaces strand is captured by the lagging strand

 

lagging strand synthesis is restarted and after clevaged the fork is restored see

 

 

Describe Break Induced replication

 

Resection occurs to generate 3' overhangs, one of the 3' overhangs invades an intact duplex, generating a heteroduplex and a displacement loop,

 

new DNA is synthesized. The displaced strand from the D-loop is not captured. Here lagging strand synthesis starts occuring => 3/50

 

 

What are some consequences of Break Induced replication?

 

Potentially loss of heterozygousity

 

Potenntially this Replication is not as precise as normal replication 4/58f

 

 

Name at least two problems that can occur with recombination due to sequence similarity regions?

 

Recombination on the same chromosome

 

Unequal crossover between chromatids or between homologs can lead to deletions and duplications

 

Crossing over between different chromosomes can lead to DNA translocation

 

 

Mobile Elements

Be ready to explain a C0t curve

 

See 4/2

 

 

What did Barbara McClintock discover

 

transposition / transposable elements

 

 

Explain autonmous and non-autonomous elements

 

Autonomous elements encode the enzmes needed to move. Non-autonomous elements lack these and rely on enzymes of Autonomous elements 5a/4

 

 

Would you rate the number of transposable elements in the humann genome as high or low?

 

High

 

 

What is the state of many transposons in the human genome?

 

They are inactive e.g. due to mutation (also see sction 2)

 

 

If a Mobile Elementsjumps into a functional gene, what can be the consequence for gene function?

 

The gene function or regulation can be affected potentially resulting in disease

 

 

Does transposition necessarily require homology?

 

No in general not, but be aware of the special cases

 

 

What are Class I and Class II elements?

 

Class I elements are retrotransposons that move via an RNA intermediate, Class II elements are DNA only transposons 5a/11

 

 

What is the general structure of a Class II element?

 

It has terminal inverted repeats and a transposase gene.

 

 

What are the two major Class I element groups?

 

LTR and non LTR

 

 

What is remarkable for Class II elements when it comes to the species barrier?

 

Class II elements can likely cross the species barrier

 

 

What is the predominant movement mechanism for DNA elements?

 

Cut and Paste

 

 

What is the less common movement mechanism for DNA elements?

 

Nick and Paste

 

 

When it comes to bacterial transposons, which other genes apart from the transposase do they often carry?

 

E.g. pathogenicity factors and antibiotica resistance

 

 

What is an IS Element?

 

A bacterial cut and paste DNA element only encoding its own transposase

 

 

What is a compound transposon?

 

Two simple transpons (IS elements) flanking (another) gene(s)

 

 

For a DNA cut and paste transposon, how many transposase proteins would you need in general to mobilize one transposon?

 

Two

 

 

How is it ensured that transposon ends are brought together before cutting for cut and paste DNA elements?

 

The transposase cuts in trans, i.e. they cut the other end that they don't bind

 

 

In the case of DNA cut and paste elements: When such an element inserts into the sequence CGAT. How will the sequence look after insertion.

 

GCATxxxxTransposonxxxxGCAT

 

 

After a DNA cut and paste transposon leaves a certain site a footprint remains. Explain what this is.

 

Upon insertion a piece of DNA is duplicated, when the transposon leaves, this duplicated DNA can remain -> a footprint

 

 

After a DNA cut and paste transposon leaves a certain site a precise excision can occur. Explain what this is and name conditions.

 

When the transposon leaves and the resulting gap can be repaired by homolgy directed repair from a transposon free site, the original state can be restored and no footprint remains

 

 

Explain in broad, superficial terms where VDJ recombination occurs?

 

Antibodies joining of different pieces, more possible antibodies, several possible fragments for each V D J pieces

 

 

What is the relationship between VDJ recombination and transposons?

 

They could be related as there are certain similarites both in the enzymes as well as in the signal DNA sequences

 

 

What is the P element and what is remarkable about it?

 

A DNA mobile element. It was only recently introduced into Drosophila by crossing the species barrier.

 

 

Name an application in the lab for the Drosophila P element?

 

Using microinjection this is a way to make transgenic flies.

 

 

What is sleeping beauty and how was "she" awakened from "her" sleep?

 

This is a fish transpon which was no longer active. Using the consensus sequence the ancestral working state could be restored

 

 

What is sleeping beauty and how did "she" fall asleep in the first place?

 

This is a fish transpon which was no longer active. Due to mutations the inserted transposons became "dormant"

 

 

Name the two clasess of RNA retrotransposons

 

LTR and non-LTR elements

 

 

What does LTR stand for in LTR (RNA) elements?

 

long terminal repeat

 

 

Draw an archetypical LTR element.

 

>LTR=== GAG, PR, IN, RT-RH ===LTR>

 

 

Within a LTR Retroelement you usually find coding regions for 4 proteins, name these?

 

INtegrase, GAG, PRotease, RT-RnaseH reverse transcriptase+ RNAse activity

 

 

You have a working LTR retroelement, when you compare that to a retrovirus which protein coding regions is missing?

 

ENV for extracellular stage

 

 

Describe how a LTR element multiplies and integrates into new regions?

 

 

What can happen when you have two LTR elements spaced a bit apart from each other with the intervening DNA?

 

It can get lost due to hmologous recombination bewteen the elements

 

 

Do you rate the non-LTR element occurrence in mamamalian genomes as absent/low/medium/high/very high?

 

very high

 

 

Why are RNA elements very often mutated?

 

Reverse Transcription is error prone. reverse transcription is part of the life cycle.

 

 

What are the typical elements for a LINE element

 

ORF1/ORF2 and polyA

 

 

What is the sequence requirement for an insertion of some non-LTR elements (e.g. LINEs) and why?

 

a stretch of Ts that pair with the polyA tail

 

 

How does DNA methylation affect IS10 transposition?

 

DNA methylation both prevents transposase expresison and transposon end activity

 

 

In which cells is the Drosophila P element active and in which one is it not active?

 

It is active in germ line but not somatic cells.

 

 

What is the role of piRNA?

 

They block transcription of certain transposons.

 

 

Ty5 is a relatively "benign" element when it comes to gene mutations why?

 

It preferabley inserts into heterochromatin

 

 

Explain what local hopping means for certain transposons?

 

If transposons preferably insert in a location close to the donor site.

 

 

What does CSSR stand for?

 

Conservaive site-specific recombination

 

 

When it comes to CSSR recombinases which enzyme class do they fall into?

 

They are topoisomerases

 

 

Which two major classes of CSSR recombinases exist (hint name the AA)?

 

Serine and Tyrosine type

 

 

What is the difference between Serine and Tyrosine Recombinases when it comes to the intermedeate form, describe both forms?

 

Tyrosine recombinases break DNA and form DNA-3P-tyrosine linkage, Serine recombinases break DNA and form a DNA 5P-serine linkage

 

 

Draw and explain the recombination of a serine resolvase.

 

=>4/99 ff

 

 

Draw and explain how the Cre recombination occurs (a tyrosine recombinase).

 

=>4/103 ff

 

 

What is the Cre enzyme and what does it do?

 

a (tyrosine) recombinase that recognizes lox sites.

 

 

For what can the cre lox system be used for?

 

To delete DNA between two lox sites, this is often used as a tool where Cre is expressed under a specfic promoter. After Cre expression, a piece of DNA is removed and for example a tissue specific knockout is made.

 

 

The bacteriophage lambda system has four sites that are named on DNA (hint two sites get converted into two other sites), name the sites?

 

attP, attB -> attL, attR

 

 

What is the Invitrogen Gateway system system building on (which molecular mechanism from which organisms)?

 

phage lambda recombination

 

 

What is the Invitrogen Gateway system system building on (which molecular mechanism from which organisms)?

 

phage lambda recombination