Transcription, Translation and Replication
Transcription is the first step of gene expression, in which a particular segment of DNA is copied into RNA (especially mRNA) by the enzyme RNA polymerase. During transcription, a DNA sequence is read by an RNA polymerase, which produces .. viruses and their relationship to positive strand RNA viral polymerases". The DNA contains the master plan for the creation of the proteins and other The RNA to which the information is transcribed is messenger RNA (mRNA). The decoding of information in a cell's DNA into proteins begins with a complex During transcription, enzymes called RNA polymerases build RNA molecules that Messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules carry the coding sequences for protein.
During this time there is a tendency to release the RNA transcript and produce truncated transcripts.
This is called abortive initiationand is common for both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Mechanistically, promoter escape occurs through DNA scrunchingproviding the energy needed to break interactions between RNA polymerase holoenzyme and the promoter.
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Elongation[ edit ] Simple diagram of transcription elongation One strand of the DNA, the template strand or noncoding strandis used as a template for RNA synthesis. As transcription proceeds, RNA polymerase traverses the template strand and uses base pairing complementarity with the DNA template to create an RNA copy which elongates during the traversal. In eukaryotes, this may correspond with short pauses during transcription that allow appropriate RNA editing factors to bind.
These pauses may be intrinsic to the RNA polymerase or due to chromatin structure.
Terminator genetics Bacteria use two different strategies for transcription termination — Rho-independent termination and Rho-dependent termination.
This pulls the poly-U transcript out of the active site of the RNA polymerase, terminating transcription.DNA transcription and translation [HD animation]
In the "Rho-dependent" type of termination, a protein factor called " Rho " destabilizes the interaction between the template and the mRNA, thus releasing the newly synthesized mRNA from the elongation complex. An example of such an antibacterial is rifampicinwhich inhibits bacterial transcription of DNA into mRNA by inhibiting DNA-dependent RNA polymerase by binding its beta-subunit, while 8-hydroxyquinoline is an antifungal transcription inhibitor.
Regulation of transcription in cancer In vertebrates, the majority of gene promoters contain a CpG island with numerous CpG sites. For example, in colorectal cancers about to genes are transcriptionally inhibited by CpG island methylation see regulation of transcription in cancer. Transcriptional repression in cancer can also occur by other epigenetic mechanisms, such as altered expression of microRNAs.
Overview of transcription
Transcription factories Active transcription units are clustered in the nucleus, in discrete sites called transcription factories or euchromatin. Such sites can be visualized by allowing engaged polymerases to extend their transcripts in tagged precursors Br-UTP or Br-U and immuno-labeling the tagged nascent RNA.
The DNA double helix unzips with the aid of an enzyme, exposing one side so that it can be copied. This triggers the creation of a messenger RNA molecule that then attaches itself to the open DNA and transcribes the protein creation instructions.
There, it attracts a ribosome, which is a cell component that functions as a workbench for RNA and protein. Transfer RNA is key to the translation process that binds together RNA and protein, because it attracts a specific amino acid based on the chain of nucleotides that compose it. The amino acid is attached to the top of the transfer RNA strand. It does this using a set of three anticodons that match up with related codons on the messenger RNA, which ensures that the correct RNA and protein pair is created.
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Once the first transfer RNA is connected to the messenger RNA, it moves down the ribosome to expose the next of three codons. These amino acids then become connected through a peptide bond, and the transfer RNA is released. This process continues, creating a chain of amino acids until the ribosome reaches the end of the messenger RNA strand. The resulting chain of amino acids formed is a polypeptide. As it leaves the ribosome, the polypeptide folds itself into the shape of a protein.