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The process that produces a complementary strand of RNA from a section of DNA or (rarely) other RNA.

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Why does RNA synthesis in E.coli begin with a Purine?

From Berg's Biochemistry: Most newly synthesized RNA chains carry a highly distinctive tag on the 5′ end: the first base at that end is either pppG or pppA. Is there a reason why the synthesis ...
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Mechanism of RNA synthesis by RNA polymerase [closed]

I want to study the mechanism involved in RNA polymerase's catalysis in E.coli. Things like: How does it bind to the promoter? How does it unwind the DNA? How does each component of the enzyme ...
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Finding Regulatory Elements: How Have People Been Doing This?

First up, I am NOT asking about how to search for and match regulatory elements using a database. I'm asking about how people found what to search for and match in a genome, how they built those ...
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What regulates production of first transcription factors during development?

In my biochemistry class, we learned that transcription factors regulate the transcription of genes. However, transcription factors are also coded by genes, so what activates the transcription of ...
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Are enhancers and silencers considered as epigenetic modifications?

Are enhancers and silencers considered as epigenetic modifications? I am confused as it seems like enhancers and silencers are sequences on the DNA and how they work is through binding with proteins, ...
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Making sense out of the visual representation of transcription

Most people are familiar with the following diagram. Some genomic DNA with a promoter region, exons and introns. This is transcribed into RNA that is then translated into a polypeptide. When we look ...
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Are all prokaryotic promotor regions the same, or do they differ depending on the product of the transcript?

Are all prokaryotic promotor regions the same or do they differ depending on the protein encoded by the mRNA being transcribed? What I am thinking is that if activator proteins are a method of ...
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Relationship between DNA strands and mRNA

Does the sense strand or antisense strand of DNA code for the polypeptide product? I'm confused because I know the antisense strand is the template for mRNA but it has anti codons so I do not know how ...
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Does prokaryotic transcription have activators / enhancer regions involved?

I am designing a biosensor, and I need to know whether prokaryotic transcription involves or can involve (if a gene needs to be regulated) enhancer regions. Also, where are enhancer regions located (...
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What is the transcriptome in layman's term?

I am new to the bioinformatics field and am trying to understand a research paper that includes some terminology without definitions. The term transcriptome in particular is banded around in the ...
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How would one determine whether a chemical will upregulate a certain class of proteins?

I'm trying to determine whether certain organic chemicals will upregulate classes of proteins that possess deacylase activity.  How would I go about this experiment? I'm assuming I would use some ...
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Multiple start and stop codons in mRNA and pre-mRNA [duplicate]

I have a main question that will lead to further questions depending upon the answer. In the process of transcription, will there be multiple start and stop codons in one sequence of pre-mRNA? If ...
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Is there selection against long proteins and long genes?

Background thought Titin and TTN Titin is the largest protein in the human genome with 33423 amino acids. Titin is coded by the gene TTN that must be at least $3 \cdot 33423 \approx 100kb$ long. ...
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How do chromosome pairs get “paired up” for protein synthesis?

If my understanding is correct, during interphase a normal human cell will have 46 chromosomes scattered about in the cell nucleus. These chromosomes can be thought of as pairs: there are two copies ...
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Do transcripts always start and end with exons?

I realized that in all cases of "RefSeq Genes" annotations of hg19 I looked at spliced transcripts start (and end) with an exon. From the annotation there is no evidence of any sequence upstream or ...
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Deducing amino acid sequence from a DNA sequence

The suggested answer to the question is the following: "M L S C D K S D Stop". I do not understand how they get that result. The question is as follows: An RNA polymerase transcribes the following ...
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Relationship of the DNA of a eukaryotic gene to the 5'-UTR of its mRNA

In eukaryote pre-mRNA I am having a little trouble grasping exactly what the 5 prime untranslated region is defined as. It seems that it could be defined as the difference in pre-mRNA between the ...
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difference between transcriptional activator and general transcription factors?

What is the difference between transcriptional activator and general transcription factors? Are they same or different, and do the transcriptional activators first attract general transcription ...
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Hydrogen bonding and the blocking thereof in nucleic acids during nuclear processes

In transcription, RNA polymerase unwinds the DNA double helix and begins attaching RNA nucleotides to the template strand. In its wake, the DNA double helix closes back—this is only natural, seeing as ...
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Is DNA transcription inactive during mitosis ie no proteins are made? How does the cell survive?

I've read that during mitosis, DNA exists as heterochromatin, a form that is unable to be accessed for transcription. Does this mean no new proteins are made during what can be 20% of a cell's life? ...
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identifying which SNPs sit in TFBS (Yeast)

i have a set of ~11k SNPs for Saccharomyces cerevisiae, baker's yeast and i would like to identify which ones of these sit in transcription factor binding sites and if they do information on the ...
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Why don't housekeeping genes have TATA Box regions in their promoter sequences?

Housekeeping genes are genes that are continuously transcribed. Like all other genes they have promoter sequences, but they don't have TATA box sequences that are used to specify from where ...
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How does RNA polymerase achieve higher processivity?

DNA polymerase uses a sliding clamp in order to replicate DNA. RNA polymerase does not require one. What allows RNA polymerase to hold on to DNA just like DNA polymerase?
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Time needed for transcription of DNA [closed]

How much time would it take to complete the transcription of an average-sized human gene?
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Why is there no U3 snRNP in the spliceosome complex of transcription initiation?

snRNP U1,U2,U4,U5,U6 are present in the spliceosome but there is no mention of U3.
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Transcription of Genes: Are Specific Transcription Factors + Enhancers Necessary?

I learned about transcription in my AP Biology class and we discussed how transcription occurs, but I was wondering whether transcription always requires the enhancers, activators (specific ...
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General transcription factors vs. DNA Binding transcription factors

I know that DNA binding transcription factors are trans-acting, but what about general transcription factors? Are they cis or trans acting?
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Why and how is DNA synthesis so much faster then RNA synthesis in bacteria?

DNA synthesis in E. coli is 20x faster than RNA synthesis at 1000nt/s vs 50nt/s. (Mirkin'05) I find that perplexing since DNA polymerization has better proofreading than the RNA variety, which ...
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Transcription when Chromosomes are Condensed

Are genes transcribed just as well when chromosomes are condensed? I want to design a screen that depends on genes not transcribed when chromosomes are condensed (to identify cells that can't ...
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How does RNA transcription determine which half of the DNA to use?

I feel that I might have a complete misunderstanding here. If DNA has two strands, how does the machinery of RNA transcription determine which one to transcribe?
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How do eukaryotes terminate transcription? (clarification on Campbell Biology)

I'm having trouble understanding how eukaryotes terminate transcription. Studying Campbell Biology (pg. 342, 10th ed.), I read: In eukaryotes, RNA polymerase II transcribes the polyadenylation ...
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TSS of a gene vs TSS of a transcript

I have an annotation from gencode.vM1.annotation of a mouse. Exons, genes, transcripts and UTR are listed there. For each feature a start and end positions are present. I need to find a TSS for each ...
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How do DNA-binding proteins recognize the correct DNA base pairs?

My professor posed this question to the class today - "How do DNA binding proteins specifically bind to base pairs?" He alluded to the different arrangements of hydrogen-bond donor and acceptors in A-...
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Will bacterial promoter without either -10 or -35 sequence allow no transcription?

I have a strong constitutive promoter on a plasmid inside of E.Coli, which expresses a gene. Having either -10 or -35 sequence modified to random sequence, will it ensure zero transcription from that ...
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What was the first gene(s) found to code for ncRNA

I could not find a source that states what the first gene found to code for ncRNA was. Someone told me, however, it was a gene that coded for either rRNA or tRNA. To this point in time I have had no ...
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Multiple transcripts encoding for one protein

Trying to get a better understanding of the process of DNA to proteins. So when we have a gene, it is read from the 5' to 3' end, only translating the exons to mRNAs. A single gene can have multiple ...
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What is the spacing between stop codon and transcription terminator?

When one tries to express a protein from a synthetic plasmid in E. coli, how many base pairs should there be between stop codon and the transcription terminator site?
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How does the MET gene work and what happens when the promoter region gets mutated?

I am doing research on inherited risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD) due to common Copy Number Variants(CNVs) One of the mutations is the 'CC' variant of Rs1858830 in the promoter region of the MET ...
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Mutation That Loses Stop Codon

Someone asked this in my class and my instructor wasn't sure in her answer, doesn't anyone know what happens in protein synthesis if a mutation causes mRNA to not possess a stop codon? Would the ...
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Gene silencing: relative or absolute number of methylated CpG sites?

CpG content varies a lot across the human genome. What does determine a promoter to be silenced through DNA methylation: the fraction of CpG sites that are methylated or the total number of methylated ...
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ATP required for cell processes [closed]

I haven't been able to find anything that tells me how much ATP is needed for DNA replication, transcription, and translation in humans, just papers that mention ATP used in those processes. I need ...
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Are upstream activating factor (UAF) and upstream binding factor (UBF) the same thing?

During ribosome pre-40S and pre-60S synthesis, many sources state the importance of UAF or UBF in initiation complex of ribosome DNA transcription. None of the sources I've seen mentions the other ...
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Stop codons and exons?

If we had a hypotheical gene called gene exampleGene and this gene had 5 exons, labeled A, B, C, D, and E in that order on the chromosome, could it be the case that the stop codon for this gene be on ...
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Is RNA polymerase affected by proteins bound to the coding sequence of a gene?

I am designing a synthetic gene construct to express genes in E. coli driven by either Ptet or PLacO. The construct would look like: -Ptet-(Gene1)-PLacO-(Gene2)- I want to express each gene using ...
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Why is 5S-rRNA is different from other rRNAs in place of transcription and usage of RNA polymerase?

While transcription of rRNAs happens in nucleolus mediated by RNA Polymerase-I, we see that 5S-rRNA is transcribed elsewhere by RNA Polymerase-III. What is the cause and why?
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Location of TFBS in genome

I have an annotated set of SNPs and I would like to explore the difference in the binding affinity of the transcription factor (TF) if I have a SNP in my locus. As my SNPs are annotated (I know wether ...
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RNA polymerase question

In this question we are examining a bacterial RNA polymerase that elongates at 20 codons per second. Question 1: How long will this RNA polymerase take to transcribe the Lac Z gene at 3510 base pairs? ...
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Are both (partial) copies of DNA transcribed in S and G2 phases of cell cycle?

For a little less than half the cell cycle, a significant number of genes are represented twice (just before dividing). Does the cell differentiate between these DNA in any way or are transcription ...
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How does alternative splicing work?

I am trying to find out what controls what exons are spliced out, and I keep coming across the term cis regulator, but I cannot seem to find a clear explanation of what happens... Thank you in ...
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Link between macro lncRNA and DNA looping

I was wondering if anybody knows some publication about macro lncRNA (very long unspliced RNAs) or more generally a transcribed RNA that may lead to cis-DNA looping of genomic regions overlapped by ...