Chapter 6

Molecular Biology of Bacteria


DNA Structure
Chromosome and Plasmids
DNA Replication
Protein Structures and Export

Structure of Nucleotides


Fig 6.1

Hydrogen Bonding between Bases

GC paring is
stronger than AT

Fig 6.2

DNA Has Major and Minor Grooves
Base pairing angle
relative to backbone
creates major and minor
grooves in the 3-D DNA

Helical Structure of DNA .

Thermal Denaturation of DNA Single-stranded DNA has higher absorbance at 260 nm Fig 6.7 .

coli cell size: 1 × 2 mm E. • Negative supercoiled DNA is the form predominantly found in nature. . coli chromosome size: 1 mm • DNA can be overwound (positive supercoiling) or underwound (negative supercoiling).DNA Supercoiling • Supercoiling is required E.

so damage can be localized Fig 6.Chromosomal DNA Contains Many Supercoiled Domains A nick in the DNA of one domain does not relax DNA in the other domains.8 .

9 .DNA Gyrase (topoisomerase II) Creates Negative Supercoiling in DNA Fig 6.

Chromosome and Plasmid .

pathogenicity islands) . codon distributions.64 Mbp = 4. coli (70% of the transcriptional units contain a single gene). coli genome originated from horizontal transfer (distinct GC ratio.Escherichia coli Chromosome • • • • • • • • Circular 4. Genes are clustered into operons. Many of the protein-encoding genes arose by gene duplication during evolutionary history 20% of the E. coli are oriented so that they are transcribed in the same direction that the DNA replication fork moves through them. but operons are NOT the rule in E.221 bp 4288 protein-encoding genes (88% of the chromosome) Genetic map of E.639.640 kbp = 4. coli is in minutes. Many genes that are highly expressed in E.

10 .Escherichia coli MG1655 Chromosome Fig 6.

so plasmids should carry genes for their own replication.Plasmids • • • • • Genetic elements that replicate independently of the host chromosome. Typical plasmids are circular double strand DNA molecules with the size of 3-10 kbp. Plasmids can be transferred to bacteria via conjugation (and less effectively transformation) Transfer requires a set of tra genes . Plasmid incompatibility: two closely related plasmids cannot be maintained in the same cell at the same time. Inc (incompatibility) groups Plasmids can be diluted out from host cells (called curing) because they are not essential.

coli). but Provide Usefulness to Host Cells • Resistance (R plasmids) Confer resistance to antibiotics e. Pesticins (Yersinia pestis). Nisin A (Lactic acid bacteria) • Metabolic function .Plasmids Are Not Essential.) R100 • Virulence Attachment/colonization function production of virulence factors • Bacteriocins Colicins (E.g.

Genetic Map of R100 R100 provides resistance to several antibiotics and metal: cat: chloramphenicol str: streptomycin sul: sulfonamides tet: tetracycline mer: mercury Found in enteric bacteria Fig 6.12 .

Functions of Plasmids .

Central Dogma Replication DNA polymerase Transcription RNA polymerase Translation Ribosome .

DNA Replication .

 resulting in asymmetric leading and lagging strands. they cannot initiate new ones.Two Important Characteristics of (all) DNA Polymerases 1. 2. they can only extend nucleic acid chains: i.. they add mononucleotides to the 3’ hydroxyl of deoxyribose and therefore elongate nucleic acid only at the 3’end.e. absolutely requires a primer (made by primase). .

coli error-prone .Five DNA Polymerases in E.

Other Functions Are Required for DNA Replication (Replisome) Strand separation: •Separate and maintain single-stranded DNA (helicase and single-strand binding protein) •Handle supercoiling (DNA gyrase) Fidelity: •Ability to put correct bases. •Clamp . •Proofreading via 3’  5’ exonuclease activity Processivity: •Ability to perform multiple catalytic cycles without dissociating with the template.

Events at the Replication Fork Fig 6.16 .

Joining Okazaki Fragments in the Lagging Strand Fig 6.18 .

20 .19 Fig 6.Bidirectional Replication DNA synthesis is bidirectional in prokaryotes Fig 6.

then what is the solution? Multiple DNA replication forks . under the best condition. coli grow with a doubling time of 20 min. It takes 40 min to replicate the whole E.Q. coli chromosome. E. However.

21 Multiple DNA Replication Forks .DNA Replication and Cell Division Fig 6.

DNA Replication Is Very Accurate • Mutational rate is 10-8 – 10-11 • Two mechanisms of fidelity Correct base insertion filter by the active site Proofreading (3’  5’ exonuclease activity) .

Mutation rates of E.Q. After complete DNA replication (of the chromosome). how many point mutation(s) do you expect out of copying? A) <1 B) 1 C) ~10 D) ~100 . coli from DNA replication are 108–1011 errors per base inserted.

Do we use RNA primer or DNA primer for PCR? 3. What dissociate double-stranded DNA? 2. what is the maximum fold-increase in DNA copy? . DNA polymerase.PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Is Essentially DNA Replication in vitro 1. Per every PCR cycle. what might be the most critical property for the polymerase that is used for PCR? 4.

Transcription .

Bacterial RNA Polymerase Consists of Multiple Subunits α2ββ′w + σ Crab claw shape of RNA polymerase .

Inc.26 .Sigma Factor Recognizes Where to Start Transcription A promoter is composed of two important sequences: -35 sequence -10 sequence If a promoter is close to a consensus sequence. the promoter is strong © 2012 Pearson Education. Fig 6.

Alternative Sigma Factors Recognize Different Sequences and Serve Specific Roles .

Transcription Elongation .

27 DNA-RNA interaction is significantly diminished because of the self complementary stemloop structure and the weakest A-U interactions .Rho-Independent Transcription Termination Fig 6.

Comparison of Rho-Independent and Rho-Dependent Termination .

Translation .

tRNA Is the Information Bridge Amino acid information Codon information Fig 6.33 .

33 3D model .tRNA Structure cloverleaf representation Fig 6.

34 .Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetase Amino acid + ATP Aminoacyl-AMP + tRNA aminoacyl-AMP + PPi aminoacyl-tRNA + AMP Fig 6.

Protein Synthesis Steps Initiation mRNA binds small ribosome subunit Elongation Requires the elongation factors of EF-Tu and EF-Ts Translocation Requries the elongation factor of EF-G Termination Fig 6.35 Release factors recognize stop codons and cleave the attached polypeptide from the final tRNA .


Codon recognition Peptide bond formation Translocation .

what will happen? .Q. If a ribosome reaches the end of an mRNA molecule and there is no stop codon.

Fig 6.37 .Freeing Trapped (Stalled) Ribosomes tmRNA acts as both tRNA (carrying alanine) and mRNA that contains (i) codons for a peptide (susceptible to protease) and (ii) a stop codon (recruiting release factor).

Role of Ribosomal RNA in Protein Synthesis 16S rRNA: base pairing with the Shine-Dalgarno sequence (initiation). 23S rRNA: peptidyl transferase activity Other ribosomal RNA functions: Positioning tRNA in the A and P sites Ribosome subunit dissociation Translocation .

g. UGA to encode tryptophan. but there are slight variations: e. Codons and Codon Bias • Codons are degenerate (redundant) 64 (4×4×4) codons for 20 amino acids. • AUG (sometimes GUG or UUG) is the start codon incorporating N-formylmethionine. • The genetic code is universal. • One lysyl tRNA can bind to both AAA and AAG codons (Wobble). . • There are three stop codons (UAA. some codons are greatly preferred over others even though they encode the same amino acid (codon bias). UAG and UGA). • In an organism.Genetic Code.

what is the third amino acid of the protein encoded by the following mRNA? 5'-CCUCAUAUGCGCCAUUAUAAGUGACACACA-3' .Genetic Code Q. Under the condition where methionine must be the first amino acid.

respectively) • Both have specific aminoacyl tRNA transferase • Incorporation of both rely on a recognition sequence downstream of each stop codon encoding the amino acid . • Both are encoded by stop codons (UGA and UAG.Incorporation of Selenocysteine and Pyrrolysine • Both amino acids are rare.

Protein Structures and Export .

Levels of Protein Structure • Primary structure Amino acid sequence • Secondary structure Depends largely on hydrogen bonding a-helix b-sheet • Tertiary structure Depends largely on hydrophobic interaction • Quaternary structure Multiple subunits .

Secondary Structure of Polypeptides .

Chaperonins Assist Protein Folding • Chaperonins = molecular chaperones • Functions Folding newly synthesized proteins (keep them from folding too abruptly…) Refolding proteins that have partially denatured .

coli Fig 6.Four Key Chaperonins in E.40 .

periplasmic and secreted proteins. • Some proteins must be exported in a fully folded state (because they cannot be folded otherwise) by the Tat system.Protein Export and Secretion Protein Export: Cytoplasm  Periplasm Protein Secretion: Cytoplasm  Outside of the cell • Signal sequence (15-20 amino acids) is required for cell membrane. • Most proteins are exported in an unfolded state by SecA or SRP (signal recognition particle). .

Export of proteins via the Major Secretory System Fig 6.41 .

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